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    Interview with Phillip Mills, Ashley Wagner's choreographer

    I thought this was an enlightening interview: http://everythingfigureskating.com/p...choreographer/

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    Very interesting, thank you!
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    Old, lonely, pathos-hungry, and extremely gullible

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    Thanks for sharing this! Phillip is also just an adorable guy. Wishing him much more success!

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    Does he skate? Did he learn how to skate?

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    Great interview.

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    i really like ashleys long program- it is a great vehicle for her- i specially love the spiral sequence - it is fab!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkbiggestfan View Post
    Does he skate? Did he learn how to skate?
    Yes and yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luenatic View Post
    Yes and yes.
    This link explains his history:
    http://www.phillipmillschoreographer.com/about.html

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    Manleywoman interviewed Phillip Mills. You can learn a lot about him from that. It was an excellent interview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwizzlerS View Post
    Manleywoman interviewed Phillip Mills. You can learn a lot about him from that. It was an excellent interview.
    From September 2007: http://www.manleywoman.com/episode-7-phillip-mills/

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    Thanks.
    In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.

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    So I guess the intention was to use the movie soundtrack, but not to make reference to the plot or scenes from the movie but the ballet?

    She really needs to pull a piece of shattered glass out of her stomache to end the program .

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    The article says he choreographed Katia Gordeeva's show program "in 2011." Does anyone know if this refers to Cinema Italiano or Feelin' Good?

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    Interesting tidbits -

    Ashley in her early days was coached by Dodie Teachman. Didn't she coach Tonya Harding? Or, was it Rosalynn Sumners??

    Phillip Mills compares her to Jill Trenary. Never thought of that! Do you agree?

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    Quote Originally Posted by olympic View Post
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    Phillip Mills compares her to Jill Trenary. Never thought of that! Do you agree?
    Absolutely. Both are/have:

    (a) naturally strong, yet feminine and elegant

    (b) show their emotions...and feel the music

    (c) wonderful movement and edges (the basics)

    and

    (d) physically beautiful in the old-fashioned 'American Apple Pie' way (not to say 'WASP' ) I hate this concept...but being honest, in that 'Ma and Pa Kettle' in Middle America often prefer this sort of female skating champion. Marketing 101.

    p.s. The only reason why I wouldn't put Czisny in this category is that she comes across as wispy and fragile...not 'gutsy' like Hamill, Trenary & Wagner.

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    Thanks, great interview. I am glad he mentioned the importance of authenticity of the Black Swan choreo--that is what I (and many many others, most notably, the judges) responded to. Love the Jackson Pollock SP too. Bravo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by olympic View Post
    Interesting tidbits -

    Ashley in her early days was coached by Dodie Teachman. Didn't she coach Tonya Harding?
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olympic View Post
    Interesting tidbits -

    Ashley in her early days was coached by Dodie Teachman. Didn't she coach Tonya Harding? Or, was it Rosalynn Sumners??

    Phillip Mills compares her to Jill Trenary. Never thought of that! Do you agree?
    Teachman was Harding's coach in 92. By 94 she'd switched to Diane Rawlinson.
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    Phillip Mills choreographed this "Somewhere in Time" SP for Wagner in the 2008-09 season (IIRC, Ashley's former coach Shirley Hughes recruited Mills to work with Ashley that summer before she switched to Priscilla Hill) -- her lovely performance at 2008 NHK Trophy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnSN9mCezO0

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    Great interview! Interesting to hear about his choreographic process and what inspired the choreography to Ashley's short program. I really enjoy that program but was unsure what the choreography was trying to accomplish and reading his words certainly helps me appreciate it in a different way.

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