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January 16, 2018

Writing blogs requires inspiration and a gem of an idea. It is just like when I am choreographing. When I am inspired the choreography comes rushing out like Niagara Falls.  I don’t know how or where it comes from, and have little control of how it leaves my body. The...

January 9, 2018

In a perfect world choreographers would have the luxury of having all of their skaters in their building all of the time to work on their creations. This type of consistent choreographic coaching and practice allows skaters to grow without feeling rushed because they h...

October 23, 2017

The development and nurturing of young athletes is a critical component for success when working with any of my skaters. Having the opportunity to take skaters from their beginnings all the way through their career is one of the most rewarding aspects of choreographing...

October 5, 2017

With the Olympics just around the corner, Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz’ new book, Skating Forward – Olympic Memories, Olympic Spirit, has been released just in time for this exciting season. We are all inspired by our Olympic hopefuls and everyone is filled with anticipatio...

February 6, 2017

Most of us have heard the saying, “Does the athlete make the coach or does the coach make the athlete?”

In many situations this can go either way.  My wife, Michelle Mills, and I have both been privileged to work with Nathan Chen over the years.  Michelle was his ballet...

December 13, 2016

There are many times in our lives when we go through challenging times and are having a hard time finding our way to peace and understanding of the situation at hand. This happens to be one such time in my own life and I thought I would share this concept with all of y...

September 26, 2016

The purpose of family and community is to show love, support, guidance, and understanding for our young. In the opening pose of Max’s new long program I placed him in a very strong and confrontational pose. This is Simba’s first meeting with his evil Uncle Scar, who ki...

September 7, 2016

I just returned from Louisville, Kentucky where I time-travelled back to the future. I was asked to come look after Kelley and Donny Adair's ice dance teams while they took her father to France for a vacation he had always dreamed about. When Kelley contacted me to ask...

August 8, 2016

After working closely with our skaters to create pieces that fit them and the music so well sometimes we experience programs that never quite develop into what we see in our mind’s eye.  Many issues can affect the final outcome of any program. Sometimes this disparity...

June 2, 2016

As we all prepare for this coming season new choreography, jumps, and spins are on our radar. The bar keeps raising on transitions and levels. Choreography can bring fresh ideas and increased points to your programs.

Your choreographer will present and develop subtle mo...

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