Sarah Kawahara

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Sarah Kawahara
  • Figure skater
  • choreographer
SpouseJamie Alcroft
Children3, including Hayley

Sarah Kawahara is a Canadian figure skater and choreographer who has won two Emmy Awards.

Personal life[edit]

Born September 15, 1961, in Vancouver, Canada, Kawahara is of Japanese ancestry and lives in California. Her father is Hideo Kawahara (1920/1921-2011).[1] She married actor Jamie Alcroft. They have three children together: Alysse Alcroft, Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft and Thatcher Alcroft.[2]


Kawahara was coached by Osborne Colson.[3] She joined the Ice Capades at age 17 and skated with them for seven years. In 1997, she became the first skater to win the Best Choreography Emmy Award, receiving the award for Scott Hamilton Upside Down. She won her second Emmy in 2002 for choreographing the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Kawahara has choreographed for numerous competitive skaters, including synchronized skaters.[4] She was a coach and choreographer for the film I, Tonya[5][6] and for the television series Spinning Out.[7]

Work as a choreographer[edit]


TV specials[edit]

  • An Evening on Ice
  • Concert on Ice
  • Nancy Kerrigan, Special Dreams on Ice
  • Reflections on Ice: Michelle Kwan skates to the Music of Mulan
  • Michelle Kwan skates to Disney's Greatest Hits (2000)
  • Michelle Kwan, Princesses on Ice
  • Scott Hamilton and Friends
  • Scott Hamilton Upside Down

Touring shows[edit]



  1. ^ "Hideo KAWAHARA". Kelowna Capital News. February 21, 2011. Archived from the original on August 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "Sarah Kawahara: Interview". July 3, 2004.
  3. ^ Stevens, Ryan (March 23, 2014). "Interview With Sarah Kawahara". Skate Guard.
  4. ^ "Emmy Award Winner Sarah Kawahara To Work With The RedHawks For A Week". September 18, 2002. Archived from the original on December 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Elfman, Lois (December 14, 2017). "Kawahara crafts skating magic for 'I, Tonya'". Archived from the original on December 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Marotta, Jenna (December 13, 2017). "Training Margot Robbie to Be 'I, Tonya': Skating Choreographer Sarah Kawahara Tells All". IndieWire. Archived from the original on January 7, 2019.
  7. ^ Turchiano, Danielle (January 1, 2020). "How 'Spinning Out' Used Ice Skating as a 'Conduit' for Emotional Storytelling".

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