AIT Phoenix

AIT PHOENIX: Company History

In 2021 current AIT Phoenix Director, Jacqueline Benson founded the Phoenix satellite. Jacqueline is an AIT-certified choreographer and PSA Master-rated coach. She is an Arizona native and coaches Coyotes Theatre on Ice, the Ice Denettes synchronized skating teams, the Figure Skating Team at Arizona State University, as well as choreographs around the valley. Her other professional engagements include serving as the Treasurer of the Figure Skating Diversity & Inclusion Alliance, and skating professionally with Le Patin Libre. She completed the Master Choreography Techniques course in 2020 and has been involved with AIT since 2019.

AIT Phoenix had a wonderful inaugural year as a trial satellite location All four seasonal seminars were a success and featured guest artists including Kate McSwain, Garrett Kling, Travon Schake, and Nancy Pluta.

As AIT Phoenix enters its first year as an official satellite, we are excited to launch our Professional Company and add performance opportunities to the scope of contemporary skating in Arizona.

AIT PHOENIX Seminars & ClasseS

  • Date: Sunday, February 5
  • Time: 8:30am – 10:45pm
  • Location: Ice Den Chandler (7225 W. Harrison St. Chandler, AZ 85226)
  • Registration Fee: $60
  • This seminar is open to skaters ages 8+ and levels Freeskate 1+.

The AIT Phoenix Winter Seminar is all about unleashing your fierce, funky, confident self!  This seminar will be led by professional skater, Jaclyn Cartwright and AIT Phoenix Director, Jacqueline Benson. We will be enjoying the light-hearted, fun side of contemporary skating through the exploration of jazz-inspired movement, performance enhancement techniques, and using different energy qualities effectively. Participants will learn a fun combo and some new contemporary skating tricks! The off-ice portion of the seminar will be from 8:30am – 9:15am and the on-ice portion will be from 9:30am – 10:45am.

For additional information about upcoming seminars and classes, check out our Phoenix events on the AIT Calendar as well!

AIT Phoenix Director, Jacqueline Benson teaching a choreography combo at a seasonal seminar

AIT Phoenix Upcoming Performances

Our 2022-23 AIT Phoenix Professional Company performances will be announced soon!

AIT Phoenix Performance Company

Perform with AIT Phoenix

  • Join us! To apply to be an AIT Phoenix Company member for the upcoming season, please fill out the interest form. *Requirements: Must be 17 years old and have passed USFS Senior Moves in the Field for Professional Company. For all requirements please read our AIT Performance Company webpage.
  • Our mission is to bring artistic contemporary skating performances to the Phoenix area by performing in a variety of venues such as winter carnivals, club shows, and outdoor rinks. AIT Phoenix is not a competitive USFS ice theatre team.
  • AIT Phoenix 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 Phoenix Professional Company: Madalyn Ahlstrom, Erin Egelhoff, Katie Erickson, and Brenna Greco.

If you are interested in joining the AIT Phoenix Performance Company, please fill out this interest form and we will get back to you.

Contact us for more details!

AIT Phoenix seminar participants with 2021 Fall Seminar guest artist, Travon Schake

Support AIT Phoenix

  • We welcome any level donations to support our education and performance initiatives for skaters in the Phoenix area. Please consider donating through our Support page or by directly making a PayPal payment to
AIT Co-CEO, Kate McSwain teaching at a seasonal seminar