Anne’s Take: 2021 Skate Canada

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by Anne Calder | Images by Danielle Earl (Skate Canada)

2021 Skate Canada Worldwide, the second occasion within the ISU Grand Prix Sequence, was held in Vancouver, British Columbia from October 29-31. Ten ice dance groups from six international locations competed.

Digital Combined Zones and Press Conferences had been the journalists supply of the music, quotes, scores and placements that observe:

Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier (CAN) earned a private finest 85.65 Rhythm Dance rating for “I Guess That’s Why They Name it the Blues” and “I’m Nonetheless Standing” by Elton John. The 2-time Skate Canada gold medalists revealed that their Free Dance to Paul McCartney’s “Lengthy and Winding Street” is about each little piece of their skating journey.

“Each step, each competitors, each program has led us to the place we’re proper now. We actually wish to end this season on the Olympic Video games celebrating what we’ve accomplished and completed
all through our whole profession.”

Italy’s Guignard and Fabbri skate their rhythm dance at 2021 Skate Canada Worldwide.

Charlene Guignard & Marco Fabbri (ITA) scored a complete 200.05 factors for his or her Rhythm Dance to a number of Michael Jackson songs and the Free Dance to Atonement and “Little Sparrow”. Fabbri
defined why they stored final yr’s free dance music, however modified the costume worn by Guignard.

“Since we danced it at just one main occasion and actually loved performing to the music, we didn’t wish to abandon it for the Olympic season. We didn’t wish to do one thing we appreciated much less. We modified the costume as a result of we needed to provide a extra elegant look to this system from final yr.”

Olivia Good & Adrian Diaz (ESP) gained their first Grand Prix medal with two Private Greatest Scores – 76.97 factors for the Rhythm Dance to Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” and the 192.93 whole
rating. Their Free Dance music included a number of choices from The Masks of Zorro soundtrack. Good spoke concerning the challenges of the present season.

“To be right here with a bronze medal reveals the work we’ve put into our two packages. We knew we had been going into an Olympic season with just one spot for Spain. We would have liked the proper automobile to get to the Video games and World Championships. We expect we’re heading in the right direction.”

Caroline Inexperienced & Michael Parsons (USA) used music by Janet Jackson (Rhythm Dance) and Ezio Bosso (Free Dance) to attain 186.51 factors. Parsons spoke about their freedom to push ice dance boundaries as they’ve gotten extra comfy with one another and progressed as a staff.

“In the beginning of this Olympic yr, we determined to do one thing that actually confirmed off a special route of the game. It’s been a journey with our coaches from the very starting.
Elena [Novak] picked the music and gave us steerage with the choreography, but in addition allow us to put ourselves into this system. I’d say it’s a collaborated effort.”

Diana Davis & Gleb Smolkin (RUS) earned a trifecta of Private Greatest scores: 70.66 (Rhythm Dance), 109.91 (Free Dance) and 180.57 (Complete). The staff tangoed from seventh into fifth place with songs from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. They prepare in Novi, Michigan with Igor Shpilband.

Marjorie Lajoie & Zachary Lagha (CAN) scored 179.07 whole factors. They didn’t get the scores they needed for the free dance, however had been thrilled with the cheering crowd and standing ovation at
the tip. Lagha defined the reasoning behind maintaining their Rio program from final season.

“We didn’t compete with it quite a bit final yr, so going into the Olympic yr it was good technique that of the 2 packages, we maintain this one as a result of it’s an excellent automobile for us. We selected the film music to specific its enjoyable and dynamic and our vitality.

Lilah Concern & Lewis Gibson (GBR) selected Disco music by Kiss for the Rhythm Dance and songs from the Lion King movie for the Free Dance. The staff had some pricey errors that dropped them
from fifth to seventh place with 178.08 factors. Lion King was chosen for the Olympic season due to the world-wide connection to the music. Concern spoke concerning the message it generates.

“The theme is of discovering your internal energy and empowerment and the common energy of affection. So many individuals connect with the story; it transcends a lot that it’s a message we wish to share.”

“It’s a lot enjoyable to play these characters and discover the animal facet of motion. It’s one thing we’ve by no means accomplished, and that’s extraordinarily enjoyable, but in addition extraordinarily difficult as properly.”

Christina Carreira & Anthony Ponomarenko (USA) scored 168.76 whole factors for performances to “Batdance” by recording artist Prince (Rhythm Dance) and Chris Isaak’s “Depraved Sport” sung by Daisy Grey and Yola Recoba (Free Dance). The staff at the moment trains with Scott Moir in London, Ontario Canada. Ponomarenko spoke about their progress this season.

“That is our third competitors. We’ve made a number of enchancment from the primary two. Now we’re trying to enhance extra and repair the little technical errors we made.”

Elizaveta Shanaeva & Devid Naryzhnyy (RUS) danced hip-hop and disco to “Hey Momma” and “Hit the Street Jack” of their Rhythm Dance and Amaluna from Cirque du Soleil for the Free Dance. The staff scored a complete 160.66 of their Senior Grand Prix debut. Shanaeva & Naryzhnyy are the reigning World Junior and JGP Remaining bronze medalists.

Haley Gross sales & Nikolas Wamsteeker (CAN) scored 156.56 whole factors for his or her Billie Eilish Rhythm Dance and “Scared to be Lonely” Free Dance. The staff just lately relocated from Vancouver, British Columbia to coach with Scott Moir on the Ice Academy of Montreal’s (I.AM) London, Ontario campus.

The third Grand Prix Sequence occasion, Gran Premio d’Italia will likely be held November 5-7 in Torino, Italy.

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