The 2009 and 2010 U.S. champion recently spent ten days in Los Angeles working on a short program set to swing music with champion swing dancer Buddy Schwimmer and his son, So You Think You Can Dance winner Benji Schwimmer.
Abbott will skate to a medley of "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön" and "Sing, Sing, Sing."
"I got taught the technique and the count and the rhythm," he said. "It was more a swing choreographer doing their interpretation of skating. It should have a very different look and effect."
"So I wondered if Muse had anything instrumental, and I listened to Exogenesis Symphony. The third piece [Part 3: Redemption], I was like, 'Oh, this is perfect.' The music is still a work in progress but the program is almost finished, it's almost what I want. It's going to change and evolve throughout the summer."
Abbott and Sato are choreographing the program together. They have arranged to have the vocal section of the piece replaced by an electric guitar version. "It's only about a minute," Abbott said.
"It's nice because both of us can make changes as we go," he said. "I wanted to do a program with Yuka because we work really well together. I told her I wanted a program where I could breathe, and get into the ice, something calm, that can move and that's just ice skating. There's no story or theme, we just choreographed to the music, we just did what the music says. It's very airy and calm, it builds beautifully in the beginning and then it comes back down in the end. When I listen to it, I get chills, kind of, and I can see the program and feel the music."