Quest for Creativity


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Quest for Creativity 2013 Winner, Liadan Emmert, performs in New York City. © Darial Sneed

Apply for Q4C Now!

Quest for Creativity (Q4C) is a one-time choreography video submission opportunity founded by Audrey Weisiger alongside Young Artists Showcase to offer an additional online choreography competition platform to young skating choreographers.

Q4C is for skaters under the age of 21 who want to pursue choreography and are able to commit to sending in one video under 4 minutes of their work. This must be one piece and not a choreographic resume.

After the submission deadline, a committee of experienced skating and dance choreographers will select their favorite video from all submissions. By May 15th, the video with the most votes from the selection committee will be notified. The winner will be named the “Emerging Choreographer” at CORE Camp in July and have the opportunity to create an ensemble piece on 5-10 skaters while onsite at Camp.

For more information on Quest for Creativity, check out our FAQ section below.

Q4C 2020 Dates & Deadlines

  • Due Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
  • Winner Announced: Friday, May 15, 2020

Submit Video & Apply Now for Q4C

Q4C Eligibility

You must be under age 21 (as of January 1, 2020) to participate in Q4C. There is no age minimum. If you’re older than 21, consider applying to participate in the Young Artists Showcase instead.

Q4C Cost & Requirements

Prize for the Q4C Winner

  • You’ll be honored as the emerging choreographer at CORE Camp and you will receive:
    • Complimentary flight to the Chicago to attend CORE Camp (for those outside the Chicagoland area) or a stipend of $400 paid directly to you for expenses (if you’re a Chicagoland area resident); plus
    • Opportunity to create an ensemble piece for 5-10 skaters, to be performed at the CORE Camp Showcase; and
    • $100 off CORE Camp Registration Fee (if you’ve already paid for CORE Camp, you’ll be refunded $100 after May 15).

Submit video & apply now for Q4C

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AIT Co-CEO’s, Garrett Kling and Kate McSwain, perform for Young Artists Showcase and Ice Theatre of New York event in 2013. © Darial Sneed


What is American Ice Theatre’s involvement with YAS/Q4C?

AIT Co-CEOs, Garrett Kling and Kate McSwain, are both former YAS contestants and originally met through their participation in the early years of Young Artists Showcase. Since 2015 YAS has been on hiatus so Kling & McSwain approached YAS founder, Audrey Weisiger, about AIT continuing to produce the competition moving forward, with some restructuring, aiming to premiere in 2020. Weisiger agreed and she will continue to serve as a mentor throughout the annual competition.

What equipment do I need to submit my Q4C video? 

In order to create high quality videos of your choreography, it is important to consider having a camera with HQ functionality. An iPhone will work just fine! Take into consideration how an unstable camera can effect the viewer’s enjoyment of the choreography and consider using a tripod or having a camera person who can hold the camera still while recording.

How does the Q4C judging work? 

A committee of experienced dance and skating choreographers/coaches will select their favorite piece and each selected video will receive a tally mark. Once all judges have voted, the video submission with the most tally marks will win.


When the judges choose their favorite Q4C video, they are looking for these criteria in your choreography work:

  • Composition:
    • Clear purpose and idea for choreography;
    • Use of time, tempo, music;
    • Use of space of body and space of ice;
    • Use of diverse energy qualities in movement;
    • Use of form of the piece
      • Clear choices made regarding how the choreo has (or purposefully chooses not to have) a beginning, middle, end, climax, storyline, theme, etc.
  • Execution:
    • Polish/execution of movements performed;
    • Performance execution of skater(s);
    • Video quality;
    • Music editing;
    • Professionalism of all involved.
  • Creativity:
    • Interpretation of the music, style and rhythm;
    • Innovative movements;
    • Innovative use of skaters and/or space;
    • Emotional expression of the piece;
    • Unique quality of the piece making it original
      • How did the choreographer think outside the box and beyond their regular style?

How is Q4C different from YAS?

To compete in YAS, you must first be selected to compete as one of the 6 finalists; then, during the YAS competition, the 5 challenges, over 5 weeks, create a much longer time commitment. Anyone (under 21) can submit a work of their choosing one time for Q4C. To compete in YAS, you must be prepared, timely, and professional in your ability to pull together 5 full pieces of choreo work and video them on a differing number of skaters. In general, this commitment level is higher than Q4C.

Can applicants register for both Young Artists Showcase & Quest for Creativity?

If an applicant under 21 is selected as one of the 6 finalists for YAS, they are ineligible for Q4C. If the applicant is not selected as a finalist for YAS, they ARE eligible to submit a video for Q4C.

How can I follow the YAS/Q4C competitions this season?

Follow American Ice Theatre on social media (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) to be notified when videos are uploaded. Please comment, share, and engage with us using the hashtags: Young Artists Showcase: #yas2020, Quest For Creativity: #q4c2020.

How can I support Young Artists Showcase and Quest for Creativity?

You can donate to American Ice Theatre to support Young Artists Showcase/Quest for Creativity or volunteer for us! We are always looking to make further connections, include brand or corporate sponsorships with our events, offer internships for young artists, and explore ways to grow with new talent and ideas. Also, please share the YAS/Q4C videos from this season; the more social media engagement we have, the more exposure for these young skating artists. Email us to engage with our community further or if you have any additional questions!

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