Sunday, September 24, 2017
Brentwood Ice Rink, 2505 S. Brentwood Blvd.
A 1.5 hour on-ice workshop focusing on innovation, edges and artistry with national coach and master-rated choreographer, Doug Mattis. Skaters will learn to use their boots and blades in innovative ways, touch on improv and making music a personal choice. Mattis’ on-ice workshop teaches choreographic tricks and moves (footwork, heel and toe tricks, skid-spirals, round-ups, split-slides, etc.) and moving lyrically. $45 workshop fee includes all coaching and ice fees.
Prerequisite: PrePreliminary Moves in the Field
About Doug Mattis
Doug Mattis ending his successful amateur competitive career with a backflip at Nationals turned out to be only the beginning. After a ten years of touring the world, starring in thousands of performances and several TV shows (such as Scott Hamilton’s “Upside Down”), winning pro competitions—and producing ice shows himself—Doug began to coach and expand his creativity beyond the surface of the ice.
He worked as a writer for Universal Studios and Disney, published articles and books as a humorist, and had one of the top-rated blogs on the Internet.
In the past ten years, Doug has re-branded himself as an ally to those seeking personal development, organizational enrichment, and creative, exceptional achievement.
Working with organizations such as Figure Skating in Harlem, Skate For Hope, and The Michael Weiss Foundation, Doug has been building his brand as a networker in the direction of, as he puts it, “giving back.”
He co-produced the first three seasons of “Young Artists Showcase” with Audrey Weisiger; a non-profit online skating competition designed to inspire the next generation of choreographers and creative individuals.
Mattis feels fortunate to have worked with some of the brightest talent in skating, having taken skaters consistently to US Nationals at all levels in men's, ladies’, and pairs events--with podium finishes in pairs and ladies. He's also worked with the top professional show producers amd choreographers, lending his creative help to productions and talents from Bietak, Foster, Ice Theater of New York, and packaging new talent for personal consideration by Disney.
Innovation and a paradigm shift-approach are of primary interest to Doug as an artist...but connecting performers with material in the most deeply personal way is critical to him. He believes when choreography is at once the embodiment of the music and performer, they combine to sing with honesty and resonance. And...that experience is compulsory to having a performer push themselves and grow in transformation. “I believe deeply that skating has the power to enrich young lives and provide skills and values that kids will use to be happier, healthier adults.”