AIT Minneapolis / St. Paul: Company History
In 2019, Garrett formally settled in Minneapolis and founded the AIT MSP satellite. AIT MSP has seasonal seminars, adult specific seminars, community outreach events, and an AIT MSP Performance Company to continue developing the contemporary skating community in the Twin Cities. In summer 2020, Joey Millet was named the AIT MSP Assistant Director and in October 2022, Cameron Claire was named Co-Assistant Director.
AIT MSP Director, Garrett Kling, received his AIT Certification in 2012 training under AIT Founder, Jodi Porter. Garrett went on to mentor directly under Jodi while living in Chicago before beginning to conduct seminars in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area in 2016. While professionally performing on tour with Bietak Productions and Holiday on Ice, Garrett maintained AIT training in the MSP area with annual seminars.
In July 2020, AIT MSP named the Assistant Director position to Joey Millet. Joey is a double gold-medalist, technical skills skating coach, and AIT-Certified choreographer slovenska-lekaren.com. He has trained under the AIT movement philosophy since 2019. In 2022, Cameron Claire was named Co-Assistant Director of AIT MSP alongside Joey. Cameron is the winner of the 2022 Young Artists Showcase, an AIT-Certified choreographer, and has been a member of the AIT MSP Professional Performance company since its formation in 2019.
AIT MSP Seminars & Classes
- Date: Friday, April 28
- Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
- Location: TRIA Rink (400 Wabasha St N, St Paul, MN 55101)
- Registration Fee: $40
- This seminar is open to skaters ages 8+ and levels Freeskate 1+.
Join us for the AIT MSP Spring Seminar – “Renewal and Rejuvenation.” We will have a theme of spring awakening and move through 6 Ways of the Spine, improv and a special combo by AIT MSP Co-Assistant Director Joey Millet in his final seminar before moving across the country. This seminar will be also be led by AIT MSP Director, Garrett Kling and AIT MSP Co-Assistant Director, Cameron Claire.
AIT MSP upcoming PerformanceS
- Ice Dance International’s live touring show, GRACE, will be in the Twin Cities on March 9. The show features 2X United States Champion Alissa Czisny and US Open Champions Kseniya Ponomaryova and Collin Brubaker in an ensemble of 10 world class skaters bringing audiences a theatrical experience that bridges sport, theater, dance, and art. American Ice Theatre Minneapolis-St. Paul will also perform a piece during the evening. The show is at the TRIA Rink in St. Paul, begins at 6:30pm, and is 90 minutes long including one intermission.
- Purchase tickets HERE.
- Please bring warm clothes to wear in the ice rink and a padded cushion or blanket for the bleacher type seating. Tickets range from $15 for youth, $30 general admission, and $50 VIP that includes preferred seating and cast meet and greet.
- Ice Dance International will be on tour March 3-March 26. Grace celebrates the art of dance on ice and features works by leading choreographers in the world of competitive figure skating including World Champion and Olympic Medalist, Kaori Sakamoto’s choreographer, Benoit Richaud and Jason Brown’s choreographer, Rohene Ward in addition to work by the leading choreographer of Disney on Ice, Cindy Stuart. Artistic Director Douglas Webster notes that “It is an experience for the viewer, a theatrical journey with dynamic, athletic movement, intimate interaction, soaring grace and artistry, and swirling patterns that will transport the audience.” Grace features music by Philip Glass, Max Richter, Moby, Arvo Part, and Ludovico Einauldi.
- UPDATE: Due to warm temperatures, the Art Shanty show on the lake will be re-scheduled to Sociable Ciderwerks. A new show date will be announced soon.
- AIT Minneapolis-St. Paul Professional Company members will be performing at 2022 Art Shanty Projects on Lake Bde Umna/Lake Harriet Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22. The show times on both days are 12:00pm and 2:30pm.
- ICE. COLD. JAZZ! is a playful and spontaneous take on contemporary ice skating through the moving celebration of jazz music and improvisation. High flying tricks, smooth turns and syncopated steps set the stage on the frozen lake featuring professional figure skating performers. As an interactive element of the show, audience members will have the opportunity to create movement in real time celebrating how improvisation influences our everyday lives.
- This is FREE event to the public!
- More Information Here: https://artshantyprojects.org/portfolio/ice-cold-jazz.
PERFORM WITH AIT MSP
- Join us! To apply to be an AIT MSP Company member for the upcoming season, please fill out the interest form *Requirements: Must be 17 years old and have passed USFS Junior Moves in the Field for Professional Company or 13-16 and passed USFS Novice MIF for Junior Company. For all requirements please read our AIT Performance Company webpage.
- Our mission is to bring artistic contemporary skating performances to the metro area performing in a variety of venues such as winter carnivals, club shows, and outdoor lakes. AIT MSP is not a competitive USFS ice theatre team.
- AIT MSP Company members will learn 1-2 choreographic pieces to perform throughout the season. Rehearsals are on an as-needed basis depending on the performance schedule.
- Review additional information regarding AIT Performance Companies.
The full 2022-23 AIT Minneapolis/St. Paul Professional and Junior Company: Cameron Claire, Joey Millet, Elise Little, Sarah Wright, Jenna VanHoosier, Haley Jostes, Sophia Perepelitsyn, Emily Giese, Ashley Stricker, Brianna Brehm, Grace Matvick, Isabelle Designs, Savannah Joyce, Clara Gilbert, Bekah Johnson, Melody Chen, Maisie Stover, Lorena Rysavy, and Lucy Dau.
If you are interested in joining the AIT MSP Performance Company, please fill out this interest form and we will get back to you.
AIT MSP Repertoire
- “We Contain Multitudes”
- AIT MSP Professional Company – Choreographed by Garrett Kling / Music by Son Lux / Video by On Ice Perspectives
- AIT Professional Company Members: Cameron Claire Godfrey, Emily Giese, Haley Jostes, Elise Little, Joey Millet, Sophia Perepelitsyn, Sarah Wright, Jenna Vanhoosier
- AIT MSP Junior Company – Choreographed by Cameron Claire & Joey Millet / Music: “Where’s My Love” by SYML & “The Mind Electric” by Miracle Musical / Video by On Ice Perspectives
- AIT Junior Company Members: Brianna Brehm, Lucy Dau, Isabelle Desens, Clara Gilbert, Bekah Johnson, Savannah Joyce, Melody Li, Grace Matvick, Lorena Rysavy, Maisie Stover, Ashley Stricker
- AIT MSP Professional Company – Choreographed by Garrett Kling / Music by Labrinth / Video by Garrett Kling
- AIT Professional Company Members: Berlin Sohn Carlson, Christine Brennan, Haley Jostes, Nila Cooper, Joey Millet, Elise Little, Ashley Harris, & Cameron Claire Godfrey
- AIT MSP Junior Company – Choreographed by Joey Millet / Music by Alicia Keys / Video by Garrett Kling
- AIT Junior Company Members: Grace Matvick, Savannah Joyce, Emily Giese, Ashley Stricker, Megan Bayati
- Choreographed by Kate McSwain / Music by Dardust
- Junior Company Performers: Grace Matvik, Savannah Joyce, Nila Cooper, and Megan Bayati / Video by Kate McSwain
- Skating on Lake Owasso
- Choreographed by Maria Starr / Music by Yebba
- Professional Company Performers: Izzi Gorowsky, Seebie Baga, Maria Starr, Haley Jostes, Joey Millet, Kate Charbonneau Shurts, Susanna Butler, and Garrett Kling / Video by Ashley Goldstar
- AIT MSP Professional Company – Choreographed by Garrett Kling
- Professional Company members: Lauren Anderson, Aili Arnovich, Susanna Butler, Seebie Baga, Christine Brennan, Haley Jostes, Cameron Claire Godfrey, Joey Millet, Kate Charbonneau Shirts
- AIT MSP Professional Company – Choreographed by Kate McSwain / Music by Ramin Djawadi
SUPPORT AIT MSP
- We welcome any level donations to support our education and performance initiatives for skaters in the Boston area. Please consider visiting our Donate & Support page to see how you can volunteer and support AIT MSP!
Questions? Contact AIT MSP at firstname.lastname@example.org.