Christie Allan-Piper

Professional Profile:
Visual Artist specializing in the motion and emotion of the figure on ice, film, and paper.
Professional Portrait Painter, Film Maker (Films screened at the American Film Institute, Kennedy Center, Hirshhorn Museum, other museums, United States & abroad.
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Learn to Skate picture book in progress
Author/illustrator, “The Man Who Kept a Dragon for a Pet”, Health Press, illustrator, “Fire Night” by Monica Driscoll Beatty, Health Press, multiple essays on spins, jumps, and form for the Professional Skater Magazine (1987 to present), Tracings, 6:0 magazines.

Formal Education:
BA English, Tufts University
School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
MA Painting, Stanford University
Graduate Study, Communications, Film, Purdue University, University of Maryland
Drawing from the Cadavre, Georgetown Medical School

Coaching Philosophy:
The privilege of working daily for hours with eight legendary coaches was rare, when I had it as a young skater and unobtainable now. Many of their insights we now risk losing, with resulting needless, often career-ending injuries. Having for decades deferred teaching skating, lest I lose my own, I now find it a way to share their legacy, to enrich students’ skating skills and my own as well, a continually renewing two-way exchange between teacher/student and student/teacher.

Number of Years Coaching:
1996

PSA Ratings:
Basic Accreditation, Registered Moves in the Field Instructor; Certified Free Skate Instructor; Registered Group Instructor

PSA Ranking:

Students’ Competitive Achievements:
U.S. Men’s Alternate for Olympics, Nagano, 1998
Medalist, Adult Nationals, National Showcase
Adult Gold Medalist, Sectional
Adult Gold Medalist, Basic Skills
Adult Gold Medalists, Moves in the Field

Last 4 Years – Students’ Competitive Achievements:
Medalist, Adult Nationals, National Showcase
Gold Medalist, Sectional
Gold Medalist, Basic Skills

Competitive Background:
Regional, Sectional, Novice, Junior, Senior competitor

Show History:
Weekly Soloist, Lake Placid weekly summer shows, Lake Placid, July 4th & Labor Day shows, also member of the Sharpies (precision team)
Guest Soloist, Lake Placid Winter Carnivals
Guest Soloist with Donald Jackson, World Champion, National Pair Champions, Dorothy Ann Nelson and Pieter Kollen, Syracuse Coliseum, Syracuse, NY,
Soloist, also participant in innumerable semi-solo, group, and dance numbers, Ice Chips
Soloist, The Skating Club of Boston traveling shows, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Harvard University, also group, dance, syncro.
Guest soloist, McGill Winter Carnival
Collaboration with the McLean Ballet Company, McLean, VA
Chairman of the SC of Boston Junior Activities Committee, producer/choreographer for Halloween, Holiday Pageant, Valentine, Easter numbers, and WBZ TV Children’s Holiday Show 

Soloist – Lake Placid weekly summer shows, Lake Placid July 4th & Labor Day shows, Lake Placid Winter Carnivals, Ice Chips, The Skating Club of Boston traveling shows, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Harvard University homecomings, McGill University Winter Carnival, co-starred with Donald Jackson, World Champion, Syracuse Coliseum, Syracuse, NY, also group, dance, synchro.
Director – (as The Skating Club of Boston Junior Activities Chairman), Holiday Pageant, WBZ-TV.

Disciplines:
Figures, Moves in the Field, Free skating, Choreography, all levels, all ages, emphasizing body alignment and physics for clean edges, safe centered spins and safe jumps, singles through triples, and expressive gesture. Also teaching how to see and draw the figure to improve one’s own skating.

Awards / Accomplishments / Seminars:
U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist, Figures & Free
U.S. Figure Skating Silver Dance Medalist
Trained by–and subsequent writer/illustrator of the teachings of–World Hall of Fame Coaches, Willie Frick, Maribel Vinson Owen, Montgomery Wilson, Gustav Lussi, Otto Gold, Walter Bainbridge, Sonya Klopfer Dunfield.
Author/illustrator, multiple essays on spins, jumps, form for the Professional Skater Magazine (1987 to present), Tracings, 6:0 magazines.
Visual Artist specializing in the motion and emotion of the figure on ice, film, and paper. Films screened at the American Film Institute, Kennedy Center, Hirshhorn Museum, other museums, United States & abroad.
Learn to Skate picture book in progress
U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist, Figures & Free
U.S. Figure Skating Silver Medalist, Dance
Gold Medal, Interpretive Improvisation, SC of Washington DC
Spirit of Ice Chips Award

Affiliation with U.S. Figure Skating, PSA, ISU:
Contributor, Professional Skater Magazine (1987 to present)  Writer/illustrator of the lessons of World Hall of Fame Coaches, Willie Frick, Maribel Vinson Owen, Montgomery Wilson, Gustav Lussi, Otto Gold, Walter Bainbridge, Tom McGinnis, Sonya Klopfer Dunfield, additional essays on spins, jumps, form.

The more coaches teach, the less they skate, it seems, until they lose their skating, a tragedy, I vowed to avoid. Instead of teaching, I explored skating through the doing of it, drawing it, choreographing it, filming it, and writing about it. Resulting essays have been published in skating magazines, films and videos presented on PBS, the American Film Institute, the Kennedy Center, the Hirshhorn Museum, and other museums in the U.S. and abroad.

Phone: 617-527-8783
Email: icecap44@gmail.com
Website: allan-piper.com