Today we pay homage and remember a true legend in figure skating — Ricky Harris. She passed away at her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico at the age of 95. She is referred to as “the mother of choreography education in figure skating” and is known for her work with skating stars such as Scott Hamilton, Michelle Kwan, Evan Lysacek, Tai Babilonia & Randy Gardner,
She mentored AIT Founder Jodi Porter and they developed a friendship that lasted more than 20 years all through Ricky’s final days. In 2013, AIT gave Harris a Lifetime Achievement Award for her pioneering efforts to revolutionize figure skating choreography to allow choreographers to be more recognizable, established and appreciated in the figure skating community. In 2013 she also received a Lifetime Achievement Award through the Professional Skaters Association and in 2014 she was inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
Thank you Ricky for your amazing career! Her legacy lives on through so many continuing on her methodology and passion.
Read AIT Founder Jodi Porter’s tribute to Ricky
Listen to an interview with Ricky by the Manleywoman SkateCast
Buy her book “Choreography and Style for Ice Skaters”
Buy her book “The Coach’s Manual on Choreography and Style for Skating”
American Ice Theatre Boston performed in the 2017 U.S. Open in Nashville, TN on May 23.
Performing to “Promise” by Ben Howard, the piece created by AIT Boston’s Kate McSwain explained the theme of the piece as “in life there are those moments where someone or something slips through your fingers. It can be sudden or it can be slowly over time, but it’s always painful. This piece explores that emotional journey.”
The ensemble includes (from left to right) Robert Mauti, Victoria Craw, Ashley Wyatt, Garrett Kling, McSwain (choreographer), Stephanie Chace Bass, Meg Lamarre, Sean Marshinski, Su Wagner-Jackson, Liz Schmidt.
Stay tuned for more photos and video of the event!
Boston —- American Ice Theatre (AIT), a contemporary ice dance company, is pleased to announce its first annual American Contemporary Skating Festival June 10-11. The event, held at the Veterans Memorial Ice Rink in Somerville, MA, will be a gathering place of over 40 professional skaters, coaches and choreographers passionate about expanding the art form of skating.
“This event is a platform for choreographers and skating artists to share their own philosophies and learn from their colleagues,” said Kate McSwain, AIT Boston Co-Director and event organizer. “We are creating an open space environment for all artists to have their voice heard.”