Skate America Attracts Aspiring Olympians

Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships veterans Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, the 2014 World Junior champions, will return to Lake Placid for the Skate America Grand Prix event Nov. 24-26. The skaters have been building their careers since their World Junior win in 2014 – most recently with fifth-place finishes at the 2016 and 2017 […]

“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 […]

“Donovan: 2016 Skate Canada Fashion Awards”

I am infinitely charmed by these two simply due to their equal ability to lift each other off the ice, but I am even more impressed with Hawayek’s fabulously sexy dress for the pair’s short dance. Yes, she carried the entire stylistic weight of the team on her back, and with a dress that good, […]

“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, […]

“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 […]