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    The linked article says he graduated from the National Ballet School. Is that true? I thought he left without finishing his program so that he could concentrate on skating.
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    I don't think he finished, likely the journalist's error. From what I understand, few actually do graduate from NBS. I took adult classes there for years, and one of the instructors told me that the attrition rate from year to year is significant. It's highly competitive, and the further up they get, the more intense it gets knowing there are so few who will get a job as a dancer in company. If they've got a back up plan - or in Eman's case something he was actually better at - then at some point they make a choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasperBoy View Post
    Sorry, but I just can't let this comment pass without mentioning Toller Cranston.
    Ditto for Gary Beacom.
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    Well, CTV/TSN/RDS better air Eman's skate(s) instead of repeating Amelie Lacoste a million times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    The linked article says he graduated from the National Ballet School. Is that true? I thought he left without finishing his program so that he could concentrate on skating.
    His wiki bio says he graduated from NBS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    The linked article says he graduated from the National Ballet School. Is that true? I thought he left without finishing his program so that he could concentrate on skating.
    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman View Post
    His wiki bio says he graduated from NBS.
    Yes, but no reference is given for that claim. I don't consider Wikipedia untrustworthy, but I do question anything that appears there without a source.

    When I edit skating articles on Wikipedia, I make sure everything I add/change is properly sourced and verifiable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamcan View Post
    not at all what I was saying. Obviously the judges will judge what's in front of them at the time. Just saying....as far as support from SC (financially and assignments) perhaps he's had his chances already.
    I don't see any evidence that he's getting financial support or assignments from SC. But, again, if he were to get the results that normally come with financial support and assignments, are you saying SC should skip over him even though he's earned it?
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    His profile on a CBC sites says, also, that he graduated.

    "He danced until the end of high school and graduated from the National Ballet School before committing to skating full time."

    http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/ontheedgeofglory/profiles.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman View Post
    His profile on a CBC sites says, also, that he graduated.

    "He danced until the end of high school and graduated from the National Ballet School before committing to skating full time."

    http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/ontheedgeofglory/profiles.html
    The CBC could have taken that from the (unverified) information on Wikipedia.
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    The Wikipedia bio doesn't have a specific citation for his graduation from the National Ballet School, but one of the sources in the footnotes is a 2005 article by Barry Mittan that reads:

    But he began ballet lessons when he was three and entered the National Ballet School at seven. He studied there for ten years, earning his high school diploma from the school.
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    Sandhu skating at Nationals?

    My Sandhu?


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    This piece on the National Ballet Company list him as a graduate

    The National Ballet School was founded in 1959 by Celia Franca and was directed for many years by co-founder Betty Oliphant.[5] The primary goal of the school is to train dancers for the National Ballet of Canada and also for companies across Canada and around the world. Graduates of the School include Frank Augustyn, Neve Campbell, Rex Harrington, Karen Kain (current Artistic Director of the Company),[6] James Kudelka (former Artistic Director of the Company), Veronica Tennant, Martine Lamy, John Alleyne, Emmanuel Sandhu, and Mavis Staines (Artistic Director and Co-CEO of the school).


    I guess this will not be considered reasonable evidence either since again it is wiki. So provide proof that all the sources offered here are wrong.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Ballet_of_Canada

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    Cdns audiences can be a very warm and embracing bunch. If a skater goes out and does their personal best and really sells the program, the audience will show their support regardless of placement. Names that the crowd knows from year to year or from the past are also more than welcome. I think if Eman makes it to Canadians and lays down two solid programs and really skates his heart out, the audience will be on their feet and supporting him fully.

    And maybe that's all that he really -and realistically - wants.
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    Vladimir Kotin invented the "butt" spin. The first time I saw him do it was the 1988 Olympics. He finished 6th.

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    The butt spin is also known as the A-frame spin:


    A-Frame Spin
    This spin was popularized by Canadian skater, Emmanuel Sandhu. It is often incorporated into combinations following a sit spin. It may be performed forward or backward. The skater rises from the sit position, grabs the free foot, ankle or calf depending on the desired effect or flexibility. Ideally, as the skater leans forward his head touches free leg and his body folds neatly over the straight free leg. This spin was nicknamed the "butt spin" by fans when it first appeared on the competitive scene because the skater's backside was in the air pointed toward the ceiling. In the most successful cases, the bodyline resembles a capital "A".

    I am not sure that what Kotin did qualifies as a butt spin. He bends at the waist till his upper body is parallel to the ice and his hands extended outward. His butt does not point toward the ceiling.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6YaVA4RdRE
    Last edited by Iceman; 12-14-2012 at 02:36 PM.

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    So now that Eman has competed and done OK at Challenge, now it's on to Canadians! Looking forward to seeing how he does in Missy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by professordeb View Post
    So now that Eman has competed and done OK at Challenge, now it's on to Canadians! Looking forward to seeing how he does in Missy.
    Oh God, I thought the near heart attacks I had with him in the past were over. Nevertheless, I'd rather watch him with all his faults than just about any other man out there (including our very own PC). Best of luck Eman!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman View Post
    The butt spin is also known as the A-frame spin:


    A-Frame Spin
    This spin was popularized by Canadian skater, Emmanuel Sandhu. It is often incorporated into combinations following a sit spin. It may be performed forward or backward. The skater rises from the sit position, grabs the free foot, ankle or calf depending on the desired effect or flexibility. Ideally, as the skater leans forward his head touches free leg and his body folds neatly over the straight free leg. This spin was nicknamed the "butt spin" by fans when it first appeared on the competitive scene because the skater's backside was in the air pointed toward the ceiling. In the most successful cases, the bodyline resembles a capital "A".

    I am not sure that what Kotin did qualifies as a butt spin. He bends at the waist till his upper body is parallel to the ice and his hands extended outward. His butt does not point toward the ceiling.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6YaVA4RdRE
    It may have been popularized by Eman, but he sure as heck didn't invent it. When I was a young skater, almost 20 years ago, people were doing the spin.

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    Oh blah. Every move has likely been done by someone somewhere before. Eman is the one who made it famous, and when younger skaters do it today, it's because of him - not some skater who competed before they were born, or who was doing it decades ago at some club or show.

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    First of all it's call the "manhood" spin, not the "butt" spin.

    obviously an ode to anal sex.

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