Christie Allan-Piper

Phone: 617-527-8783
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Formal Education:Christie Allan Piper
Tufts University, BA
School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Stanford University, MA in painting
Purdue University, University of Maryland, Graduate Study, Filmmaking
Drawing from the cadaver, Georgetown Medical School

Personal Profile:
Professional portrait painter and film/video maker

Number of Years Coaching:
16 years at The Skating Club of Boston
4 years at Mount Vernon Rink, Alexandria, VA

PSA Ratings:

Students’ Competitive Achievements:
Alternate for Olympics, Nagano, 1998

Disciplines / Specialties:
Figures, moves in the field, free skate, choreography, all levels, children and adults, emphasizing body alignment and physics for clean edges, centered spins and soft, safe jumps landings.

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

Affiliation with U.S. Figure Skating, PSA, ISU:
Contributor, Professional Skater Magazine (1987 to present) 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, additional essays on spins, jumps, form.

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. Having for decades deferred teaching, I now find it a way to share that legacy, enriching the student’s and my own skating as well, a continually renewing two-way exchange between teacher/student and student/teacher.

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

Show History:
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.

Additional Information:
The more coaches teach, the less they skate, until they no longer can, a tragedy for decades I vowed to avoid. Instead of teaching, I explored skating through doing, drawing, choreographing, filming, and writing. 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.