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MASTER CHOREOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES FOR FIGURE SKATING 

Digital Lectures by American Ice Theatre’s founder Jodi Porter
MCT is an advanced certified training program for coaches. It provides a deep learning experience in the process of TIME, SPACE, ENERGY AND FORM as it applies to the education of choreography. Whether you are developing highly competitive or professional programs these techniques educate you in developing the ART of the sport. This program is intended for both the seasoned professionals and those looking to specialize in a career as an ice choreographer. Classes held on-line with lectures, demonstrations, and choreography homework. Semester runs 18 classes.SPRING SEMESTER starting FEB 2018                                                                  Registration $500!  Important dates:  Live sessions:  2/25   3/25   4/29  *5/29  6/10  6/17Classes are now digital with access at your convenience.  Live discussions held monthly led by AIT Certified Instructors Garrett Kling and Kate McSwain. Pre-requisite for Teachers who are interested in running AIT workshops and classes.
To register Email: jporter@americanicetheatre.org
PRESS
–Icenetwork article “Porter teaches unique choreography course” by, Lois Elfman 09/20/2012
-Ice-dance.com Working to Highlight the Modern Dance in Ice Dance by Jacquelyn Thayer 01/03/2013
–ProSkater’s Spring Newsletter 02/27/13AIT Certified ChoreographersStephanie Chase Bass – Chicago, AIT Director, ChoreographerZabato Bebe – Vienna, Austria, Performer / Choreographer / 2013 Young Artist Showcase 4 ChampionDorsie Brooks – Long Beach, CA, TOI Heartbreakers CoachMauro Bruni – NY, NY Performer, Choreographer, 2014 Young Artist Showcase 4, Online ChampionKirsty Cameron – U.K., ChoreographerAshley Clark – San Francisco, Performer, ChoreographerGianine Paoletta Craw – Connecticut, Coach / ChoreographerVictoria Craw – Michigan, Choreographer
Julianne Cook Kros – Texas, Coach, ChoreographerDevon Dillon – Boston Area, ChoreographerAmanda Dobbs – Texas, Coach, Choreographer
Laura Duell – New York, Performer, Coach, ChoreographerAshely Duenas – NYC, ChoreographerErin Egelhoff, Ohio, ChoreographerRebecca Erb – Holiday on Ice EuropeBrooke Frieling – Philadelphia, Choreographer
Giselle Gorder – SLC, Utah, AIT Director, Coach, ChoreographerMichelle Green – Minnesota, Coach, ChoreographerKatherine Hill – Chicago, MCT 2012 Fall Semester TASu Jackson – Knoxville, Choreographer PSA Master RatedGarrett Kling – Chicago, 2012 Young Artist Showcase 3, runner-upCaryn Kadavy – Minneapolis, Coach, Choreographer (World Bronze Medalist)Melanie Lambert – Boston, Performer, Coach, ChoreographerKalli Manion – Minnesota, Coach, ChoreographerLacy Marsh – Montana, Coach / Choreographer
Kate McCall – Canada, Coach, ChoreographerRobert Mauti – Nashville, 2011 Young Artist Showcase 2, runner-up, PSA Master RatedKate McSwain – North Carolina, 2011 Young Artist Showcase Finalist (Choreo Reel)John Mucko – Boston Area, AIT Director/Choreographer, PSA Master RatedTaffee Palmer – SLC, Utah, Coach, ChoreographerRachel Peterson – SLC, Utah, AIT Director, Coach, ChoreographerJill Plough – Indiana, Coach, Choreographer2014 Spring SemesterNancy Pluta – Phoenix, Choreographer PSA Master RatedMolly Olsen Poniatowski – Chicago, AIT Director, Performer/Choreographer
Rebecca Rowe – Sydney, Australia, Coach, ChoreographerLiz Schmidt – San Francisco, Performer/ChoreographerChristina Sim – Singapore, Coach 2012 Fall SemesterMadeline Stammen – Chicago, Performer / 2013 Young Artist Showcase 4, Grassroots Online Champion
Katie Stewart – Traverse City, MI, Coach, Choreographer, 2014 Young Artist Showcase 4 Runner-upKatalin Bori-Szücs, Hungary, ChoreographerJessica Wasik – Pittsburg, Coach, Choreographer2013 Spring SemesterKatie Welsh – North Carolina, Choreographer
Ashley Wyatt – Kansas City, MO, Coach, Choreographer2013 Fall Semester, PSA Master RatedMeghan Lamarre Rinaldi-Young – Rhode Island, Choreographer
Natlia Zaitseva (Irvine) – Sun Valley, ID, Performer / Choreographer 2012 Spring SemesterTESTIMONIALS
MCT was really amazing and more than I could gave ever hoped for. For me there is only one thing that is better than experiencing awesomeness, is understanding awesomeness, which is what this course taught me. -Zabato BebeTaking this Masters of Choreography (MCT) class really helped me to define and refine elements of choreography so that I am able to use them on the ice to enhance my work. Thanks, Jodi! -Dorsie BrooksJodi’s class is extremely beneficial to people who would like to gain knowledge about choreographic intent, as well as people like me, who may be utilizing certain skills without knowing it! This study will define what these skills are, why they are important and how to use them to positively affect your pieces, while highlighting simple and creative ways of passing the information to your students. Lot’s of great insight in this class – I recommend it for all coaches and choreographers! -Mauro BruniThe MCT course has been a fantastic experience. I have enjoyed every minute of it and have learned so much. It was worthwhile getting up at 2:00am every week to take part in the class. I now have gained the confidence to use these choreographic processes to enhance originality and creativity within my choreography. A big thank you to Jodie who has given me so much encouragement and support since the beginning and I am now looking forward to continuing my education with DANCE2ICEBarre! -Kirsty CameronMCT online class with Jodi Porter has been a wonderful experience from beginning to end. The tools and techniques I have walked away with are priceless. I am so thankful for the opportunity Jodi dedicated to all of us and the knowledge I gained as a successful choreographer. Thank you Jodi for this wonderful experience, I cannot wait to see my art grow in person on ice! You’re the BEST Jodi!! -Ashley ClarkFinally, I have a road map for what makes great choreography. As a Theatre on Ice coach, MCT has given me the tools and vocabulary to make purposeful and meaningful decisions when creating a program. Prior to this course, decisions were based on “gut” feelings but now I have knowledge to back my choices and know how to use choreographic processes to enrich a piece of work. As with any skill, it takes time and practice but now I know what to practice and how to analyze great work so that I can become better at creating a piece of work for the ice. -Gianine CrawI learned the ‘vocabulary’ and ‘grammar’ to express myself and help others do the same on ice. The processes help me tremendously in crafting a program that will convey the emotions/story/concept I want to show. -Victoria CrawI loved meeting each week to express ideas and thoughts that popped up in my head. It was an eye opening class that opened my opportunities to more amazing things. -Amanda DobbsI highly recommend the Master of Choreographic Techniques class for anyone wishing to expand on his/her knowledge of dance and apply it towards figure skating. After competitive skating, I was frustrated by the lack of opportunities available for professional development as a choreographer. Jodi encouraged me to build on my working knowledge of dance and fostered my personal aesthetic as a choreographer. In her class, we critiqued not only dance, but skating through Laban Movement Analysis and developed our own choreographic studies. Jodi is deeply committed to her work and eager to share her love for the artistic side of skating. -Ashley DuenasThe information given to me during this MCT course was and is invaluable. It will help me be creatively effective in any piece I ensue in the future, whether it is hip-hop dancing, interpretive movement or ice skating. -Rebecca ErbI am so lucky to have found Jodi Porters MCT course this semester. It not only provided critical information about the choreographic process but also introduced me to other skaters who share the same passion for blending dance and skating. – Brooke FrielingThis class helped me understand what truely makes choreography interesting and gave me specific tools to enhance my work. Reviewing the history of dance, understanding the evolvment of modern dance, and learning about the compositional elements of dance, gave me a broader understanding of movement and performance. I love that this class was educational and ‘hands on’. It kept me on my toes and inspired me to be constantly thinking about how to further develop my work/choreography in both competitive skating, and professional skating. – Giselle GorderMaster Choreography Technique has completely changed my way of thinking with choreography. I have more confidence in what I do and now and have a better understanding of how each key element works to put together a piece. I look forward to exploring this new knowledge of choreography with my students for their competitive programs. -Michelle GreenThank you for introducing me to the whole new set of tools I can use to choreograph (especially when stuck or need an inspiration) and for giving names to the choreographic processes we maybe knew or saw. I will never watch performances with the same eyes again! Thank you! -Natalia IrvineThe MCT course provided new insight in how to use Time, Space, Energy and Form, creating a more effective process in choreographing for myself and others. Guided by an excellent instructor, it was helpful to collaborate with students in class and to see video examples of choreography, enhancing a better awareness of how to apply what I learned. This course has been valuable to my day-to-day experiences. Thank you.
-Caryn KadavyMCT put all the pieces of choreography together for me. It taught me how to incorporate my creativity with the choreographic processes necessary to enhance it. It allowed my passion for choreography to become my profession. -Garrett KlingAfter taking this class, my vision of choreographing competitve programs has expanded. I feel that the pieces that I create now have choreographic composition, and I have the knowledge and tools needed to communicate to my skaters of the vision of the piece. I learned so much from Jodi, she creates a warm and comfortable environment and takes the time to make sure that all is understood.  -Julianne Cook KrosMCT taught me to put together all the choreographic elements which helped me open up my mind to being a more creative choreographer. It taught me to use my creativity while implementing the choreography necessary to make the programs I will be working on so much better. This class really helped me step out of the box it really let me show my love for choreography and express how much more passion I have for what I do everyday. -Kalli ManionThis class greatly impacted my career as a choreographer, coach and performer. But most of all, it opened a new window into the development of figure skating as a creative art form in ways the world has just begun to see. MCT is much more than an online course; for me it became the catalyst in launching a deep desire into bringing the dance world onto the ice. And because of the experiences I gained from the online instruction, video examples, peer conversation, and filmed choreography “studies” during the past 18 weeks– I feel I have the tools I need to explore and expand my own skills and the new passion to pass them on to my students and future generations. The future of figure skating will progress in amazing ways because of American Ice Theatre and Jodi Porter’s Master Choreography Techniques Class! -Lacy MarshThe choreography that I am doing now has a framework of ideas, organization, reasons, and quality. This course expanded my vocabulary and helped me to better apply choreographic ideas into my work on the ice. Great class!! -Robert MautiWhat an incredible experience! Jodi’s instruction on choreography was clear, helpful, and super insightful. After taking this class, I am able to give my choreography structure and to create my own movement language and style. I recommend this class to anyone wanting to further expand their knowledge on choreography in all areas of figure skating! -Kate McCallMCT was one of the most intensive educational experiences in my career thus far. From Jodi’s curriculum, I greatly built my movement vocabulary; and I learned how to create, build, and teach choreography from its most foundational concepts. -Kate McSwainThis class gave me a variety of tools and processes to further my choreography. It’s been exciting to breakdown each element and how it applies to setting all types of programs. Rachel PetersonAfter taking this class I feel like I’ve been given the “secrets” to creating great choreography! The in-class feedback from fellow classmates helped build my confidence that I CAN create an enjoyable and interesting program. -Jill PloughJodi Porter’s MCT class was monumental in my growth as a choreographer. MCT taught me how to properly identify elements in the choreographic process so that I can apply them on the ice to enhance my work. MCT was a great experience!-Molly Olson PoniatowskiIt was a great and fruitful learning journey for me! Packed with the knowledge and understanding of the choreographic processes.MCT helped make it easier to create a well-balanced program in competitive skating for my students. All THANKS to my dedicated master, Jodi Porter! -Christina SimI had done Ricky Harris’ workshops as a child, and Jodi’s class took my understandings from Ricky’s teachings to a college level that was very useful to me as both a skater and a choreographer. -Madeline StammenMaster Choreography Techniques was an amazing experience and opportunity for me to add depth and integrity to my work, while gaining confidence and clarity with the lessons I am passing down to my students and hopefully the next generation of choreographers! -Katie StewartThe Master Choreography Techniques class has provided me with knowledge, vocabulary, and the defined understanding needed to effectively create unique works for all facets of skating. Ashley Wyatt


1. Develop a routine. Listen, we all have those days in which you'd forget your head if it wasn't attached. If you have a routine built in, you can use that "auto pilot" to help you get prepared. Small things like going to your locker at scheduled times throughout the day can make sure you have the right books to class. Establish a time to write down homework in your planner or calendar and ALWAYS write in it (even if you wrote "NO HOMEWORK!!!!!) 

2. Have a calendar, and use it!! If it's a calendar in your phone often times you can color code items and set reminders as well. Written calendars are often visually easier to see that next month is that big Trig final to study for right after a Spanish vocabulary test. This will help you manage time better. Also, it teaches you how to assume responsibility for yourself. Use your clocks and timer's too. If you have a lot of homework, use a timer or clock to manage time and help you take breaks. Sometimes I used to get caught up learning about something off task in science then I skipped language. If you consistently look at the time, this can easily help redirect you. 


3. Develop a list of tasks to complete. This will help you prioritize homework. Start with the most difficult while you are fresh and energetic. If you don't get to the small stuff, bring that with you to class and complete if you have down time. This was how I managed time since I spent my evenings in after school activities. 

4. Make a finished project file. Keep your assignments, but not in a backpack or locker where they can add to messes. Keep a file by subject and grade. If you need to look back at files for examples of work for college or to help you out it will take less time to find. This helps with notes too. I kept my geometry notes for years. It ended up helping me as I taught high school later. 

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