Aaron: For the long program, I really have to get my strength up. It is a four-minute, 45-second, leg-burning program. I am definitely excited to show how I can move differently.
Lori found a contemporary arrangement of Carmen. It varies between a classic and modern take on Carmen. I feel it keeps people wondering what the music is until the very end, when you realize the music is Carmen.
When I came to Lori with the idea of Carmen, she wanted to make sure that we did an original spin on Carmen. Lori's choreography is truly amazing, and I love how she found a modernistic movement. I definitely wanted something known but not too overplayed. I know it's going to make me grow as a skater.
Icenetwork.com: What have you got planned in terms of quads for your programs? Obviously, you made quite a statement last season with them.
Aaron: It is still early, but the plan is to have two in the short program and three in the long. I really like the triple Lutz and would like to have a quadruple Lutz, but I'm not just focusing on the jumps this time. I'm doing a lot of work with ballet and ballroom.
And I just got new skates, so we'll see. My others were 2 1/2 years old.