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    Annenko & Sretenski

    I decided to start a thread about Annenko & Sretenski- the USSR ice dance team to never win a world or Olympic medal- because they are not as well known as some other ice dance teams.

    I liked them as eligible skaters, and as pros they really grew on me. Genrikh Sretenski was a wonderful choreographer. They were very graceful with their lines, posture, unison, and basic skating. If there is one criticism of their programs, they skated only one style.

    I liked their 1988 Oly OD and FD, but notice the difference after they turned pro.

    1988/89- Unforgettable (waltz)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCxly...eature=related

    I absolutely loved the following:

    Summertime

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITYvF...eature=related

    Thanksgiving (they beat Klimova & Ponomarenko in that competition, in 1993)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHBm_...eature=related


    Here is their 1994 Pro routine to Ave Maria (now I feel this may be their most beautiful program)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49w_G...eature=related

    I will post more links later.
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    I liked this team too, more so as pros. Maybe that is partly because they were a Soviet team I could like that wasn't beating Wilson and McCall.

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    Here is their 1987 LP, as eligible skaters. You already see signs of what they were going to become as pros.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNo0H...eature=related

    1988 worlds FD- the music did not do them any favors. I am glad that as pros they were able to choose their own music, which suited them much better.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh9WI...eature=related

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    My favorite of their amateur programs:

    1987 Worlds FD - "Romeo and Juliet"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNo0HGiPLG8

    Toller Cranston included this in his "Great Skates of the '80's".
    He was furious at their scores; just as the crowd was.

    Vash - great minds think alike!
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    Although the YT title calls it 'Meditation from Thais', this one is skated to Mahler's 5th (?)- music used by Katia in her first solo performance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fo-H...eature=related

    They have such gorgeous lines, comparable with Usova-Zhulin's.


    I don't like this one- awful costumes!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2pQS_--zNw
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Although the YT title calls it 'Meditation from Thais', this one is skated to Mahler's 5th (?)- music used by Katia in her first solo performance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fo-H...eature=related
    This was always a quality team, clearly, but this really is the only program of theirs I thought was something special. Just beautiful, makes V&M's look like child's play

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    Their performance of the Mahler at the 1992 World Challenge of Champions was a masterpiece.

    I don't like this one- awful costumes!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2pQS_--zNw
    They were members of the "Torvill and Dean and the Russian All-Stars" tour at the tine.
    This program "Fallen Idols" was choreographed by Christopher Dean. I believe they usually wore different costumes.

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    Annenko was married to Peter Tchernyshev but they divorced after seven years. She is remarried and now known as Natalia Deller or Natalia Annenko-Deller. She coaches at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.[1]

    She is one of the 4 coaches of Aldridge and Eaton, according to their bio.



    Sretenski did choreography for several Chinese dance teams and for Bonacorsi / Mager, and is listed on their bio as a former coach.

    http://www.isufs.org/bios/isufs00010336.htm

    http://www.skatetoday.com/2010/01/17...to-good-start/

    Genrikh Sretenski choreographed the dancers’ programs for the 2009-10 season. His wife, Julia, works with the couple on refining the dance once it has been choreographed

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    Vash, thank you for bringing up this topic .
    A/S were a great couple, but unfortunately not for the Soviet standards, meaning that they could easily be #1 team in any country but due to enormous competition inside the USSR they had to stand in that row waiting for their turn.
    Anyway they both are great dancers and also very beautiful and attractive people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI View Post
    Sretenski did choreography for several Chinese dance teams and for Bonacorsi / Mager, and is listed on their bio as a former coach.
    Genrikh is currently coaching in Laurel, MD, and works with quite a few teams, including the Phams (Jr) and Grant/Skala (Nov) and solo dancers. He also works with FS skaters on edges and such.

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    My most favorite dance couple of all times! Just sublime! Thanks so much for starting this topic!

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    thanks for discovering me this couple, guys!! I've never heard of them and they must be one of the, if not the most underrated pair ever

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    And here is their 1994 World Pro technical program. Absolutely exquisite!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKhPKxa0Rz4

    … Lost art of TRUE ice dancing …

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    I remember thinking that their skating was magical and that he reminded me of Klaus Kinski

    Klaus Kinski

    Genrik Sretenski(scroll down).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSB View Post
    And here is their 1994 World Pro technical program. Absolutely exquisite!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKhPKxa0Rz4

    … Lost art of TRUE ice dancing …
    Thanks so much for the link! I had never seen this program of theirs. I miss that kind of 'pure' ice dancing- deep edges, lines, unison, posture, and skating to the music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwizzlerS View Post
    I remember thinking that their skating was magical and that he reminded me of Klaus Kinski

    Klaus Kinski

    Genrik Sretenski(scroll down).
    And I remember thinking that he reminded me of Michael York. (And that his contemporary Ponomorenko reminded me of Timothy Hutton.)

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    I was not familiar with them as Olympic eligibles, but loved them in SOI!

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    Thanks for posting this thread. The team of Annenko & Sretenski is one of the reasons I have yet to pitch my figure skating tape collection.

    The YouTube links are priceless.

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    Genrich Stretenski now coaches in the Washington, DC, area....at my local rink.
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    thanks so much for starting this thread, Vash01! I love this team, and it is nice to share with other fans.

    lucky you, Frau Miller!

    I posted this in another thread, but I thought I would post it here as well. This is a Rolling Stones group number from the Canadian SOI in 1995. Skip to 6:06

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ4AF2pfXHA

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