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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlCanSkate View Post
    Anyone else surprised several skaters were unfamiliar with off ice choreographers?
    Quote Originally Posted by Rochelle View Post
    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.
    I wasn't so much surprised but disappointed that skaters interested in doing choreography would be unfamiliar with off-ice choreographers. I agree that it would be an asset as well as really interesting to know just how knowledegable the on-ice choreographers are with various genres of off-ice choreographers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conga View Post
    I wasn't so much surprised but disappointed that skaters interested in doing choreography would be unfamiliar with off-ice choreographers. I agree that it would be an asset as well as really interesting to know just how knowledegable the on-ice choreographers are with various genres of off-ice choreographers.
    I think all three of us are on the same plane of thought, for our hopes.

    The sport certainly doesn't need choreographers who only draw inspiration from Lori Nichols, Sarah K, Sandra B., D. Wilson, N. Morozov, S/Z, Pasquale C., Shay-Lynne, and others for the next decade...

    The sport instead has plenty of room to grow and evolve if our younger choreographers (and current big names) pull their influence from outside the sport. I think this is why I have been encouraged to see the elite dance teams enlisting ballroom dance experts for their respective programs lately -- really breathing in some fresh takes/moves!

    I think there were some interesting signs of these young choreographers experimenting and trying to "skate outside the box"/norm from nearly every choreographer in this competition thus far -- whether it was challenge 1 or challenge 2. I had time to catch up on both rounds this weekend, and I eagerly look forward to challenges 3-5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlCanSkate View Post
    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?
    I didn't understand why she did that, either - the program got off to such a good start, and then to have only the skates and shins in the frame for so long (almost 40 seconds!) just killed my interest. I'd be interested to know why she chose to shoot it like that, as I'm sure there was some rationale for it.

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    The videos from the Masters All Stars challenge are available:

    Adam Blake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbOild6Tr1s&feature=plcp
    Amber Van Wyck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12kt-...re=context-chv
    Braden Overett: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VkgYGQld18&feature=plcp
    Kate McSwain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0FPW2NntKI&feature=plcp
    Tommy Steenberg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agjAp...re=context-chv

    You can vote at this site:
    http://youngartistsshowcase.net/

    You can also see the judges' comments at the above site.

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    YAS3 Challenge #3: "Play Ball"

    Mirielle Chambers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_dpF5qWd9o
    Mark Hanretty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2AZDRz31gc
    Katherine Hill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbMpyth9UAU
    Garrett Kling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFsNbzha0tI
    Bebe Liang: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeTXN8fuTPE
    Robert Mauti: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X75z6ValVk
    Amy Nunn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHy9-izjD6g
    Sean Rabbitt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFjzZonxxeI

    Watch all the videos and vote for your favorite! http://youngartistsshowcase.net/

    Jackie Wong is providing comprehensive week-by-week summaries in his Figure Skating Examiner blog, including chats with the first two weekly winners:
    Challenge 1 winner Mark Hanretty
    Challenge 2 winner Garrett Kling
    Last edited by Sylvia; 05-19-2012 at 06:05 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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    Links to Challenge 3 - 'Play Ball'

    Amazing routines. I'm sure they would appreciate feedback.

    Amy Nunn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHy9-...re=context-chv
    Bebe Liang http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeTXN...re=context-chv
    Garrett Kling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFsNb...feature=relmfu
    Katherine Hill http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbMpy...re=context-chv
    Mark Henretty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2AZD...feature=relmfu
    Mirielle Chambers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_dpF...feature=relmfu
    Robert Mauti http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X75z...feature=relmfu
    Sean Rabbitt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFjzZ...feature=relmfu

    Some have posted bloopers, also, so we can see the work that went into these pieces.

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    Opps- Thanks Sylvia - I did't mean to duplicate your post.

    Here is the link to Amy Nunn's blooper reel:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy5KX-Z5SFM&feature=plcp

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    Quote Originally Posted by FallsonPatch View Post
    Links to Challenge 3 - 'Play Ball'

    Amazing routines. I'm sure they would appreciate feedback.

    Amy Nunn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHy9-...re=context-chv
    Bebe Liang http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeTXN...re=context-chv
    Garrett Kling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFsNb...feature=relmfu
    Katherine Hill http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbMpy...re=context-chv
    Mark Henretty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2AZD...feature=relmfu
    Mirielle Chambers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_dpF...feature=relmfu
    Robert Mauti http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X75z...feature=relmfu
    Sean Rabbitt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFjzZ...feature=relmfu

    Some have posted bloopers, also, so we can see the work that went into these pieces.
    These are great fun! "Starring Mark Henretty. . . Daniel Aggiano. . . . and their balls."
    BARK LESS. WAG MORE.

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    Bebe's cracks me up. It's like a Stars on Ice finale. Which is my way of saying it is cheesy as hell, but hey, someone choreographs those...

    Amy Nunn's reminded me of ISI Rhythmic Ball events- so to that extent I didn't really count it as being inspired by another sport (since that is skating...) but of course, rhythmic skating is inspired by rhythmic gymnastics. Her bloopers were fun. The skating was very nice. This routine may be my favorite, but only because it isn't as wacky as some of the others. But it is kind of wacky to do an artistic routine based on non-artistic things the other skaters did.

    I didn't really "get" Garret's vision...

    I really liked Katherine's. I liked the tension in the beginning, and then the energy of the game.

    Marks's was so much fun. Probably my favorite of the one I watched except the one that I kind of decided was "too easy" to translate to ice. Neat movement, and a really neat concept.

    Haven't gotten a chance to watch the rest.

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    I really loved the four videos posted for challenge 4. I am amazed at the growth each one has had in such a short time. I can't wait for the rest to be uploaded.

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    I am really loving these challenges and seeing the different ways they are being interpreted. Especially pleased to see Mark Hanretty doing so well hopefully this will lead to a way for him to fulfil his wonderful talent

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    "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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    Great challenge this week. Mark Hanretty's is my favorite piece, but all of them did so well.

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    Finally catching up on challenge 3, 4, and those from 5 that are posted.

    I'm surprised more fans aren't following this in the forum, especially given it's the off season and there's little skating to watch now. I applaud these skaters for entering, and the YAS/Grassroots group for making this whole thing possible to begin with. I'm genuinely enjoying watching these challenges and the judges comments!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rochelle View Post
    Finally catching up on challenge 3, 4, and those from 5 that are posted.

    I'm surprised more fans aren't following this in the forum, especially given it's the off season and there's little skating to watch now. I applaud these skaters for entering, and the YAS/Grassroots group for making this whole thing possible to begin with. I'm genuinely enjoying watching these challenges and the judges comments!
    Following, following - just not posting! It's an awesome contest and I love all the effort from these skaters!

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    I'm enjoying all of these.
    When I have something to add, I post.

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    YAS3 (Final) Challenge #5: "This One's For You"

    Mirielle Chambers (Bebe Liang, performed by Mirielle): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=Mzl8934L4pQ

    Mark Hanretty (Shae-Lynn Bourne, performed by Mark): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEeiRxzrt0g

    Katherine Hill (Shae-Lynn Bourne, performed by Katherine): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNQjMkEotDA

    Garrett Kling (Oksana Baiul, performed by 2012 US National Novice competitor Madison Vinci): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_VzxfMycAI

    Bebe Liang (Stars on Ice cast of Yamaguchi, Browning, Hamilton, Sato, Eldredge, Gordeeva, etc., performed by Bebe, Mirai Nagasu, Amy Evidente, Darian Weiss, Andrew Huertas & Brent Mercado): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkccYwUuwEM

    Robert Mauti (Lang & Tchernyshev, performed by Lynn Kriengkrairut/Logan Giulietti-Schmitt): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiYe1KtFMgA

    Amy Nunn (Jennifer Kirk, performed by Amy): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8ufrSUW7xQ

    Sean Rabbitt (Ryan Bradley, performed by Sean): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev5c8sZlOBU
    Last edited by Sylvia; 06-02-2012 at 05:18 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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    Thanks for sharing, Sylvia. I totally love this program. Simply beautiful.

    Bebe Liang:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkccYwUuwEM
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    Thanks, Sylvia.

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