Earlier this summer, Cassar choreographed a show program for Hicks, to "Hope Will Lead Us On" by BarlowGirl, and she decided to turn to him for her new free program as well.
"I would see him at Alisa Viejo during the week, and he's such a good performer; his choreography is so good," Hicks said. "He knows how to help people express the music and do the movements the best they can."
"The first thing I thought of is, she's no longer a young kid, so how can we help her become a young lady on the ice?" Cassar said. "She's a brilliant performer. I wanted to give her a program where she could find a character, to better her skills as an interpreter. I wanted her to feel something, and I wanted the audience to feel something, too."
Cassar stepped away from competition after the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and he is now focused on choreography.
He spoke of Hicks with enthusiasm.
"She's got this incredible power on the ice," he said. "I thought she could draw on that and use it to her advantage. I tried to use some of the jumps as choreographic elements. She is such a strong jumper; she just gives you the chills. I think she's going to do a wonderful job."