The Inside Edge

Where I take you behind-the-scenes of this week’s @SkatingPj Podcast.

I wasn’t sure she would say yes to my interview request, but I am sure glad she did!

Even if you don’t know her name, and I am sure you do, you will for sure know her work. Sarah Kawahara is a two-time Emmy award-winning choreographer who has helped put and keep skating on the map. Her Emmys come from work on the Scott Hamilton ‘Upside Down’ TV special and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

Her more recent work includes turning Margot Robbie’s Tonya Harding interpretation into something that looked credible from an on-ice figure skating perspective in the Academy Award winning movie ‘I, Tonya’.  You will also know her work from ‘Blades of Glory’ and a list of skating and synchro clients that reads like a who’s who.

When I was a kid, I remember seeing Sarah perform as a guest skater in our club’s ice show. To this day, I remember being in awe of her talent and thinking that was the benchmark I should be aiming for, being the same age-ish and all. Sometimes, it becomes clear that stars are born and not made and Sarah is one of those.

She busies herself with seminars, workshops and consulting with Sarah Kawahara’s Palette of Choreography. Check out this link to learn more.

We sat down for this interview at the Canadian National Championships in January of this year, where Sarah was being inducted into the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame. She adds this accolade to being inducted into both the US and World Figure Skating Halls of Fame.

This podcast interview touches on everything from Sarah’s early days as a skater to working in TV and movies to how she sees skaters and skating. Have a listen, you won’t regret it.

The Outside Edge

Where I highlight a video related to this podcast.

There are so many different pieces of work to draw from in showcasing Sarah Kawahara’s portfolio, but with the Academy Awards only a week old, I thought it would be fun to point to the ‘I, Tonya’ trailer.

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