On February 14, 2009, the MIT Figure Skating team competed at the Skating Club of New York (SCNY) Showcase, a United States Figure Skating-sanctioned competition in theatrical skating held at the Chelsea Piers Sky Rink in New York City. The team placed first in the Production Ensemble event, which required at least 7 skaters.
Jessica A. Eisenstein ’06 choreographed the three-minute, thirty-second-long program to music from Chicago’s “Cell Block Tango.” Participants included: Elizabeth R. Boroson ’09, Kristina K. Brown ’09, Wendy Chen ’10, Diana S. Cheng ’04, Jane Codman (staff), Jessica A. Eisenstein ’06, Katherine J. Fang ’12, Regula E. Granger ’12, Bonny S. Kellermann ’72, Annie Ouyang ’11, Carla Rivas G, Aubrey L. Samost ’10, and Cynthia Tang ’09.
Highlights of the program included individual sit spins and two synchronized skating pinwheels; Boroson, Fang, Granger, Rivas, Samost, and Tang lifting Cheng to represent a gunshot to Eisenstein, who played the male role; and solo duets with similar pairs elements by Samost and Eisenstein. Skaters on the team also performed individual tricks that included jumps, lunges, and spirals on the ice while crisscrossing each other. The program concluded in a dramatic ending where skaters on the outside circle performed a Mohawk sequence while closing in on the skaters on the inside circle, who struck an aggressive pose by stabbing Eisenstein with their roses.
This is the second year that the Figure Skating team has fielded a competitive Theater on Ice team. The Theater on Ice team and other skaters will be performing in the annual MIT Figure Skating Club exhibition on Saturday March 14, 2009 at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Ice Rink. The show is open to the public and admission is free.