American Contemporary Skating Festival

Connect & Create with the International Contemporary Skating Community

Thank you all for a wonderful #ACSFest2020 “Virtual Meetup” experience this year! We loved seeing everyone and moving together. We will see you all in-person next year. Save the dates from June 10-13, 2021!

ACSFest2020 Group

About the American Contemporary Skating Festival

Everyone has something to share. Everyone has something to learn. This is the key tenet of AIT’s Mission, Vision & Core Values.

Open to choreographers, coaches, and professional skaters over the age of 17 who are Intermediate-level or higher, the American Contemporary Skating Festival is a place for those who are passionate about expanding the art form of skating.

Connect with colleagues around the world as you collaborate, create, and learn from each other in an intimate environment through on-and off-ice workshops.

American Contemporary Skating Festival Schedule & Location

  • 2021 Festival Location: Somerville, Massachusetts, just outside Boston.
    • Veterans Memorial Ice Rink in Somerville, MA, about 20 minutes from downtown Boston.
    • Festival Rink Address: 570 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
  • The Festival schedule in June 2021:
    • Thursday, June 10: 6 pm – 9 pm
    • Friday, June 11: 6 pm – 9 pm
    • Saturday, June 12: 9 am – 5 pm
    • Sunday, June 13: 9 am – 4 pm (Festival Showcase from 6-8 pm)
Adam Blake teaching at the American Contemporary Skating Festival


Festival Topics

The American Contemporary Skating Festival provides a platform for choreographers and skating artists to share their own contemporary and artistic figure skating philosophies and explore improvisation and dance on ice together. The schedule features a combination of on- and off-ice presentations on a variety of topics like:

  • contemporary and artistic skating philosophies,
  • full body movement,
  • conceptual art and skating,
  • mindfulness practices,
  • movement with partners, and
  • improvisation techniques.
© On Ice Perspectives / Jordan Cowan

Weekend Choreography Workshop & #ACSFest Showcase

There will also be a Weekend Choreography Workshop, culminating in a Festival Showcase on Sunday evening where presenters can share new insights gained over the seminar through performance, display works in progress or fully formed pieces, and give an opportunity to the public to witness a new style of skating. At the Weekend Choreography Workshop, you will learn ensemble choreography over the course of the weekend which you may optionally perform at the Showcase.

Festival attendees will have the opportunity to perform their own prepared choreography at the Festival Showcase through a solo, duet, trio or ensemble piece. All performers will receive a spot on a first-come, first-served basis. All solo pieces must be 3 minutes or less and ensemble pieces must be 5 minutes or less.


Calling All Choreographers: Showcase Opportunity

As part of the American Contemporary Skating Festival, 5 choreographers will be selected to create and lead ensemble pieces for the Weekend Choreography Workshop, performed at the Festival Showcase on Sunday night. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to skate in your ensembles if desired.

The current Young Artists Showcase winner will be one of the 5 featured choreographers at the Festival’s Weekend Choreography Workshop. To apply to be one of the other featured choreographers, submit a video of your past choreography work to by May 1.

Ashley Wyatt teaching at #acsfest