Jodi Porter MFA in Dance Choreography at CalArts 2017, is PSA Master rated in choreography and holds a BFA degree in Modern Dance from a nationally recognized program at the University of Utah that gave her extensive technical experience in dance choreography, performance, and teaching. Ms. Porter’s dance background includes master classes and training with the Paul Taylor School, Alvin Ailey dancers, Trisha Brown Company, Sean Curran, and Murray Louis. She has danced professionally with Shipp Dance Theatre, and appeared as a guest artist with Repertory Dance Theatre. From 2002-2007 she has held a full-time position at Ballet San Jose as the Associate School Director, managing a program of over 450 students. She has choreographed successful dance projects with the school including a 1st Prize trophy for the piece ‘Sunset Tango’ at the International Grand Prix in Cesena, Italy 2005. Other dance credits include directing the Spy Girls, dancers for the San Jose Stealth Professional Lacrosse Team, and choreographing for the musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. Ms. Porter served on the Performing Arts Committee for the city of Mountain View from Jan. 2007 – Jan. 2010. She is currently an MFA student of dance choreography at California Institute of the Arts.
In figure skating Ms. Porter is a USFS freestyle gold medalist. After competing from 1980-1990 she traveled in numerous international ice shows with Disney on Ice and other production companies performing roles including: chorus, principal pair, principal soloist, and performance director until 1997. From that point her passion for choreography in dance/skating spurred her to direct and choreograph several of her own projects including: SLC Children’s Theatre on Ice 1997, Grizz Girlzz Hockey Cheerleaders 1999, SLC Contemporary Ice Theatre 2000, and Jodi Porter¹s Urban Ice Project 2002.
In 2002 Ms. Porter was an Assistant Cast Coordinator and performed in the XIX Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies as well as choreographed the opening for the figure skating Exhibition of Champions. She is currently Founder of American Ice Theatre (AIT), a non-profit performance company that fuses dance with figure skating. AIT has been supported by the Silicon Valley Arts Council since 2004. AIT has performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including intermissions for the SJ Sharks Hockey Team, Downtown Ice San Jose, Walnut Creek, Union Square San Francisco and creating full-length productions in San Jose and Chicago. AIT has expanded operations to companies in Utah, Chicago, Boston, LA and Montana.
Ms. Porter is an advocate for fusing dance with figure skating (Dance2Ice), an award winning dance choreographer and author of the Theatre on Ice dictionary of choreographic elements, developer of the “Master Choreography Techniques” “Dance2Ice Barre” training programs and official presenter of Ricky Harris workshops given across the Globe from LA to Shanghai.
After a professional career both in the figure skating and dance worlds Jodi is passionate about creating and promoting the “ART” of skating by fusing the two together through education, workshops, performance, choreography, mentoring and special projects.
Specialties: figure skating, dance, producer, choreographer, education, workshops, creative direction, public speaking, ice theatre, and arts advocacy.
Photo by John Gerbetz