“Inspiration on Ice”

“Inspiration on Ice” spotlights several national champion competitors together with the Mercyhurst University Division 1 men’s hockey team, giving 80 special needs individuals the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. Spectators also will get to see the ice dance team of Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, 2014 World Junior Gold Medalists, who train in Bloomfield, […]

“Blues on Ice”

Many teams this year, however, have opted not for vintage blues, but blues of the future — pairing it with one of the present era’s most fundamental street styles, hip hop, for a modern take, an experiment that can present mixed results between the difficulties of blending two seemingly disparate musical styles and representing a […]

“Hawayek, Baker Take a Fundamental Approach”

In the months after the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships were productive for Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, but they weren’t very exciting. “Lots of long days, long hours, not doing anything but drills. It got a bit monotonous,” Hawayek said. “We’d ask our coaches, ‘Can’t we work on new programs? New elements?’ They said, ‘No, […]

Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean Luc Baker

“Hawayek & Baker Bring a Fresh Inspiration”

Ice dancers, Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker, have only been skating with each other for roughly four years, but they have quickly become one of the rising teams to watch in the U.S. After partnering in 2012, they captured the silver at their very first U.S. championships and went on to become the U.S. junior champions in […]

Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean Luc Baker

“Together, Hawayek and Baker, Shaping Their Vision”

If American ice dancers Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker know their stylistic strengths, they know even better how they aim to expand them — beginning with a season’s debut at this week’s Finlandia Trophy. Their new short dance, featuring “Waltz of the Flowers” and “Dance of the Parents” from The Nutcracker, came through collaboration between the […]