Ann Arbour dance coaches moving to Colorado Springs?

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  1. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

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    The talk in Colorado Springs is that Yuri and Yasa are making a move to World Arena. Maybe the Detroit area is feeing a bit congested.
     
  2. barbk

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    Or maybe the void for Dance in Colorado Springs is drawing them in? It would be nice to have a strong dance program in the Springs.
     
  3. literaryfreak

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    What will happen to the dance teams they currently coach, like Kringkraireut/Giuliett-Schmitt? I think Lynn goes to University of Michigan, I can't see the team moving to Colorado. :(
     
  4. OrioleBeagle

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    We can only hope that they will help Tom Z's skaters with their footwork and stroking.

    Also pray that they have Tom Dickson and Christopher Dean choreograph their teams.
     
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  5. barbk

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    Is Christopher Dean still in the Springs?
     
  6. MarciajsR

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    I think Dean has returned to Great Britain since he divorced Jill Trenary.
     
  7. emason

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    Slightly OT, but the city is Ann Arbor, not Ann Arbour. If a moderator reads this, could you please correct. Thanks.
     
  8. reese

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    Yeah, Lynn is pre-med at University of Michigan. Logan graduated from college a few years ago (Eastern Michigan University, I think).

    I can't stand the idea of such a wonderfully creative team going to Marina/Igor! :scream:
     
  9. Cloudy_Gumdrops

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    Me neither.

    That would be all the top teams besides H&H as part of the Igor crew.

    Having all of the top teams under one coaching team can't possibly be a good idea. Different perspectives is what is needed to continue to help the discipline grow.
     
  10. OrioleBeagle

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    i read that he is only in Britain when taping his shows. He still spends part of the year in Colorado because his sons live there.
     
  11. wildfire

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    I think H&H are now H&Donohue. I don't know if they're at DSC or Canton. Dean has been in Colorado Springs when he's not busy with DOI.
     
  12. pani

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    Who is H-H?
     
  13. OlieRow

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    Hubbells.

    WHOA on the Hubbell/Donohue part. I like both skaters so it'll be interesting to see how they look together (if this is indeed true). Any word on what he Hubbell is doing?
     
  14. pani

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    Thank you. So Habbles are split up? After all this situation with WCh i missed something.
    And what about Kifer? I think he is one of the best male patners in USA now, will be sad, if he will not compete any more....
     
  15. Lanna

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    WHAT? :eek:
     
  16. Twizzler

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    I believe he has retired.
     
  17. BittyBug

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    What Lanna said.

    vvvv

    Exactly - what? :eek:

    Well that would be a shame, but I hope he finds fulfillment in his future endeavors.
     
  18. barbk

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    Well, that's burying the lead. Surprised there hasn't been a thread about the Hubbell's already.
     
  19. Civic

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    They have to do what they feel is best for them professionally but it would be a shame if they go. One of the advantages of the ice dancing program in Ann Arbor is that it's so convenient for ice dancers who also want to attend college. You have the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Eastern Michigan University in nearby Yspilanti. U of M is one of the best universities in the U.S.
     
  20. NorthernDancers

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    Aren't there 2 more great rinks in Detroit? Z/S and K/C? I believe they both train international quality teams. There would be choice. It is difficult on the teams themselves when really good coaches relocate, especially for those skaters that are attending university. But I can understand a decision like this if teams are bleeding to Detroit anyway (S/B for example), and Colorado Springs is less crowded with international ice dance coaches. It would certainly breathe new life and energy into ice dance in Colorado Springs. It's healthy for the sport to spread quality coaching around the country, instead of concentrate everything in one small area.
     
  21. Conga

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    Would S/Z even have room to take them on?
     
  22. reese

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    Do they ever turn down an elite team? It's a factory up there! If they got Lynn and Logan they could have the top 5, 6 or 7 teams next year at Nationals.

    Still, I don't believe Lynn and Logan would go for Marina/Igor. Maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part though.
     
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    I suppose it's Z.Donohue (former partner of P.Gilles). Is he related to Madison's former partner N.Donohue?

    It's a shame for Keiffer but maybe he wants to go to college?
     
  24. wildfire

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    To add another twist to the Colorado scene, Pratt and Gilles seem to be skating together again.
     
  25. Lacey

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    Interesting, had Pratt and Gilles retired?
     
  26. reese

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    He definitely had, not sure about Pratt.

    This is really surprising news.
     
  27. Impromptu

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    Although I would be really surprised if that were true, I'd also be thrilled... I loved them. If they ended up using Tom Dickson as a choreographer, I'd be pretty interested to see where this led.
     
  28. Civic

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    Ann Arbor is 43 miles from Detroit. That's probably at least an hour drive when you factor in traffic. Many people do commute that far to work every day but for someone who's trying to juggle training and demanding pre-med classes it could be onerous.
     
  29. carriecmu0503

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    None of the Detroit area rinks are actually in Detroit, not even the Detroit Skating Club, which is located in Bloomfield Hills.
     
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  30. mgobluegirl

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    I commuted from Ann Arbor to Bloomfield Hills a few times a week during my first 2 years of college. It took 45 minutes in the best of conditions, and 2.5 hours in the worst. By my junior year, it became impossible to schedule classes around that anymore. I don't think there's any way you could be a full-time student and make that commute every day for 3-4+ hours on the ice.
     
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