By Rosa Hahn
Several days before we left for the Colonial Classic competition, our coach Cindy gathered the novice team for a meeting. Initially, we were worried that something might be wrong because she doesn’t often call meetings. But as soon as we sat down, she broke the news: We were going to skate in a music video with Major Lazer.
You can imagine how much screaming and excitement went on in that locker room.
Our music video day began early at 6 a.m. We did hair and makeup together at our home rink. The producers wanted us to look as if we were competing. Then, we were off to Ice House in Hackensack, New Jersey for the shoot.
We arrived at the rink around 9 a.m. to find our own dressing room with the sign “talent” on the door. We were pleasantly surprised to find that meant us.
After warming up, the wardrobe department came in to give us our outfits. For a pop of color, we wore pink turtlenecks with sequins on the arms underneath our black leotards. Not something you would normally see a figure skater wearing, but it was perfect for the overall look and feel of the music video.
It was interesting to see how much goes on behind the scenes of a music video. There were wardrobe and makeup artists everywhere. Producers ran around with equipment. There was a camera hoisted onto a tall crane in the middle of the ice and lighting specialists setting up spotlights.
We got on the ice uncertain of what lay ahead, but we were excited and eager to begin filming.
The director and his crew welcomed us, clapping as we glided out onto the ice. It was the first time many of them saw synchronized skating.
We skated segments of our program including intersections, circles, wheels and blocks. The camera angles they shot at and lighting made the crossovers, turns, and shapes look entirely new and unique.
And then, Diplo, Tory Lanez and Cashmere Cat, decked out in matching hockey jerseys, joined us on the ice in skates to shoot scenes of them singing.
All three were incredibly down-to-earth, funny, welcoming, and even took the time to chat and joke around with us in between shots. Diplo insisted on doing team huddles with us.
The director shot us skating around them, next to them, and with them – we tried anything and everything the director wanted. You might notice the cool zamboni in the video. We spent a lot of time skating and dancing around that, too.
The shoot ending up going for 12 hours, but it was worth every minute. Although it was a long day, we were grateful for the amazing opportunity. We had so much fun as a team.
Not only was it amazing doing what we love, but it was also incredible to be able to do it in a professional environment alongside celebrities. We love their music!
It was an unforgettable experience and also a privilege to share synchronized skating with the world. If this helps to build even a little bit of awareness of synchro out there, then it was a success. We are all hoping for synchronized skating to become an Olympic event and every little push helps!