Mark Pillay – Vancouver Skating Club/Coquitlam Skating Club/Connaught Skating Club
World/Olympic/National Level Choreographer
Mark has been involved in choreography since 2002. In this short time Mark has quickly made a name for himself becoming a sought after choreographer in much of Canada, the United States and Europe. Mark has had a variety of students, both Nationally and Internationally, compete at Nationals, ISU internationals, Grand Prix Finals, Worlds and the Olympics. Several of Markʼs students have become National Champions and Grand Prix medallists.
Mark was a Senior National competitor in singles, a challenge level ice dancer, and proudly earned is 8th figure test in his amateur career. As a young athlete Mark had opportunities to perform in Champions on Ice and the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 World Championships. After his competitive career Mark earned his BA in Psychology and a Minor in Contemporary Dance at Simon Fraser University. At SFU Mark had extensive practice in Cunningham, Grahamn, Ballet, Limon and Alexander technique.
Although his dance career was short-lived, Mark had several performance opportunities for film, TV and stage as well as working with notable choreographers from Dancemakers, Toronto Dance Theatre and Cirque Du Soleil.
In 2010, Mark was asked by the Vancouver Olympic Organizing committee to choreograph the opening, closing and gala performances at the ISU Four Continents event - the test event for the 2010 Olympic Games. This exceptional performance incorporated local Vancouver skaters, aerial artists and circus performers. Markʼs creation aired on several international networks and was praised by critics as inventive and imaginative.
If Mark is not on the ice heʼs often on a plane traveling to a foreign destination. Mark has worked in several different international locations: Finland, Estonia, Latvia, France, Norway, Germany, Sweden, Andorra, Spain and Austria. Mark has recently returned from a year living in Berlin Germany working extensively at the Skating Club of Berlin.
Mark has an exceptional gift at using his education, dance history and performance experience to create memorable programs for figure skaters. His repor, humor and communication skills seem to put skaters at ease which fosters a safe environment for skaters to push both their movement and performance abilities.
Mark is now living in Vancouver permanently working extensively as a choreographer and pursuing a Masters degree at the University of British Columbia.
Here's a great article from Skate Canada about Mark's accomplishments.
Choreographer Mark Pillay creating winning programs