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    Young Artists Showcase 3 Choreography Contest

    The third round of the online choreography contest is set to begin on May 4. The finalists will compete in Lake Placid this summer.

    The contestants for this Spring are

    Robert Mauti
    Garret Kling
    Sean Rabbit
    Mark Henretty
    Katherine Hill
    Amy Nunn
    Mirielle Chambers
    Bebe Liang

    The contestants for the short series have not yet been announced.

    More information is posted on this site:

    http://youngartistsshowcase.net/

    One can also see the pieces created for YAS1 and YAS2 on this site.

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    I love this series.

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    Watch these 8 videos submitted for Challenge #1 "Word" and please vote for your favorite piece at: http://youngartistsshowcase.net/

    Audrey W.: "Popular vote cannot outweigh the judges' opinions/decision but it can break a tie for first place."

    Listed alphabetically:

    Mirielle Chambers ( @MirielleJoy ): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKJiS9G8W2Q
    Mark Hanretty ( @Mark_Hanretty ): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6SP3OiIK9g
    Katherine Hill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbOWW_R6pck
    Garrett Kling ( @gbkling ): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9PkQ4wymy4
    Bebe Liang ( @bebeliang ): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzx8Fq1wiDY
    Robert Mauti ( @RobertMauti ): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adkbvdclxac
    Amy Nunn ( @AE_Nunn ): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtvwTQDfelI
    Sean Rabbitt ( @seanrabbitt ): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr74g-x5QJk

    Twitter hashtag is #YAS3
    Last edited by Sylvia; 05-05-2012 at 02:03 PM.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Thank you, Sylvia!

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    Thank you, Sylvia, for the links. I just watched all of them and I was impressed. A lot of creativity here.

    My three favorites were Mark, Garrett, and Sean. I thought these three truly captured the essence of their "word" in their choreography. Robert is up there, too. Not sure who to vote for!

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    Nice to see Bebe Liang again

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    Thanks for posting FallsonPatch and Sylvia!

    I really enjoyed Garrett Kling's piece which really captured the essence of his word (also his choice to have it skated by the young Jason Brown also captured the essence of his word). Garrett's work is interesting ... I've seen other work he has skated to and posted.

    I also enjoyed Katherine Hill's skating and choreo -- which definitely expressed her word in an odd kind of way. Robert's piece was funny and sooo captured his word.

    Loved Mark's skate and choreo too! And I also thought Bebe did a fine job with interesting music. And Sean -- so fun to watch.

    Who were the winners of YAS-1 and YAS-2 -- apparently there are winners in several categories? I think this series is a wonderful way to continuing giving tribute to Brian Wright and honoring his contributions to skating. Thanks to Audrey Weisiger!

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    Thanks, Sylvia, for posting the direct links to Youtube. The transmission seems better using the direct links.

    To aftershocks, Tommy Steenberg won the Champions Division in the 1st year, and Adam Blake won it in the second year. In the Grassroots Division, Victoria Beebout won in the 1st Year, and Amanda Hoffmann won it the second year. There is no Grassroots Division this time.

    You can see all the past postings on Youtube using the following:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/G2CYAS/featured

    Some of the choreographers in the first and second years had some amazing skaters like Jason Brown: Jeremy Abbott, Peter Liebers, Shawn Sawyer, Rory Flack-Burghart to name a few.

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    One of the judges, Michael Weiss, just uploaded his very informative and supportive reviews.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBc5J...ature=youtu.be

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    His comments were very interesting.
    He was impressed with all of the programs; as was I.

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    Even though the Grassroots Division was cancelled for this round, Matej Silecky was already working on his choreography for Challenge 1. His video has been posted on Youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOz7GHnqMIg

    Here is his audition video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go_VS...eature=related

    I hope he can continue working, because he appears to have an interesting point of view as well as a lot of ideas.

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    YAS3 Challenge 2: Tribute to the Masters

    Mirielle Chambers (Mark Ballas): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv6MtJK382g
    Mark Hanretty (The Rambert Dance Company): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfvvh2cGPr8
    Katherine Hill (Ohad Naharin): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyWvMiFqmpk
    Garrett Kling (Jiri Kylian): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Al6ludhmyE
    Bebe Liang (George Balanchine): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBhusabzV1k
    Robert Mauti (Alvin Ailey): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLefuG8LQC4
    Amy Nunn (Travis Wall): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm1wwzi7nDE
    Sean Rabbitt (Jack Cole): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNYbmOmnB7A
    Last edited by Sylvia; 05-12-2012 at 05:04 PM.
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    Great! Thanks for posting, Sylvia. It was interesting also listening to Bebe's midweek update where she introduced her cute dog, and also talked about what she's been doing in her life the past few years.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj4X0...feature=relmfu

    Love, love, love Bebe's surprise skater for her #2 Challenge.

    Looks like all the competitors have made inspiring choices of choreographers to honor. Very cool that Mirielle honors Mark Ballas' choreo and also uses as her music choice, a song by Mark!
    Last edited by aftershocks; 05-12-2012 at 04:34 PM. Reason: ETA: Link to Bebe's update

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    Quote Originally Posted by aftershocks View Post
    Love, love, love Bebe's surprise skater for her #2 Challenge!
    What a treat!

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    I've edited in the video link above for Robert Mauti's Alvin Ailey-inspired tribute (Wesley Campbell's Senior SP to "Bolero" this season).

    Voting for Challenge 2 is open: http://youngartistsshowcase.net/
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    I've edited in the video link above for Robert Mauti's Alvin Ailey-inspired tribute (Wesley Campbell's Senior SP to "Bolero" this season).

    http://youngartistsshowcase.net/
    Nice that these young choreographers are being used... and I liked Garrett Kling's choreography for Jason Brown so much in the first challenge that I'd like to see more of that in a competitive program for him.

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    ^^ Yes, I think Garrett is very talented, and I like his Springtime choreo for Jason. Would be interesting to see it expanded perhaps for a sp, and then see Jason work with Rohene again for a fp.

    Wouldn't it be a kick if the "secret" skater for Bebe also had Bebe expand on that choreo for one of her programs this season? Ha ha, where are all the "secret" skaters' fans. You miss a lot if you don't check out FSU during the offseason.

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    Those were a pleasure to watch. Thanks for posting all the links.

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    I thought Mark was spectacular and creative this week. Garrett's program was also emotional to watch. Bebe's surprise skater skated the program beautifully.

    Anyone else surprised several skaters were unfamiliar with off ice choreographers?

    My skater and I watched Mark program several times already. I love how much he integrated the ice in his program. Most skaters make you forget they are on ice, this was just really interesting seeing him on all levels - stretching away, getting so low. Very brilliant.

    I wish Garrett's was faster skating. It felt so sluggish at times. Not that the movements of the upper body needed to be faster - just the skaters speed crossing the ice. I would have liked more after seeing his word challenge.

    Robert did a stronger program this challenge.

    I hated Katherine's program when she just had the skates showing. She totally lost connection with me when all I saw was feet. What was her upper body doing? What was her facial expression?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlCanSkate View Post
    Anyone else surprised several skaters were unfamiliar with off ice choreographers?
    I'm not all that surprised, as many elite skaters have such busy lives that they hardly keep up with the programs of current/recent/past figure skating choreographers... much less time or interest to keep up with what's going on in the rest of the choreography world.

    However, I think it would be a huge asset to all involved in the sport to keep tabs on, and draw inspiration from, the rest of the dance world.

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