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MIT Figure Skating Squad Hosts Johnson Exhibition

Show Includes Performances from Members, Alumni

By Diana Cheng


MIT’s Figure Skating Club held its annual skating exhibition at Johnson Athletic Center on Saturday, March 9.

There were 25 solo freestyle programs by MIT students, alums, and community member. Adult ice dance competitors Gilbert and April Chiang and guest pairs skaters Lara and Neill Shelton also performed, and there were three group ice dance numbers.

Eight of the nine MIT figure skating team members performed in the show. Delphine M. Dean G, the team captain, choreographed her own program to “Watermark” by Enya. Diana S. Cheng ’04 skated to “Reflection” from the Mulan soundtrack, and she also skated with Draper Labs employee Mickey Barry in the Opening Number and Canasta Tango ice dance. Caitlin Q. Marlow ’03 skated to music from “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” Kristin M. Jonker ’03 skated to “A Day in the Life.”

Barbara M. Cutler G and Derek L. Bruening G were in a group dance, the Three Lobe, which the MIT advanced ice dancers created for the show, to “One by One” by Enya. Cutler skated her competition program to “Pacifica” by Jeff Linsky, and Bruening skated his solo program with dazzling footwork and ended it with a cartwheel on the ice. Jodi N. Beggs G also choreographed her own program, to “Swing Kids.”

Synchronized skaters perform

MIT’s synchronized skating team, Linear Progressions, dressed in flannel pajamas for its show program to “The Pajama Game.” Cheng, Cutler, Dean, Anne C. Gaumond ’02, Rachel Grey ’99, Marlow, Allison H. Mo ’03, Elliot Schwartz ’89, and Kevin Xu ’99 performed in this number. Bonny Kellermann ’72, who also teaches the figure skating physical education class and organized the MIT competition in February, was the coach and choreographer for Linear Progressions.

The founder of MIT’s Figure Skating Club, Esther Horwich ’77, performed to Ella Fitzgerald’s version of Irving Berlin’s “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails” as her solo program and danced in the Canasta Tango and Three Lobe ice dance numbers.

Next week the figure skating club will be hosting a United States Figure Skating Association test session.