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Ann Arbour dance coaches moving to Colorado Springs?

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by wildfire, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. carriecmu0503

    carriecmu0503 Active Member

    From Ann Arbor, it would be MUCH easier to get to the rink in Canton than to the one in Bloomfield Hills, that's for sure!
  2. Ageless

    Ageless Active Member

    Are you sure it's Todd she's skating with as Trina completed at the Adult Sectionals in Championship Dance with Justin Ly and they are scheduled to compete at the Adult Nationals in April.
  3. Theatregirl1122

    Theatregirl1122 Enjoying Vicarious Voids!

    It's certainly easier. Canton is just as easy as the Ice Cube for me from my side of campus.
  4. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

    Trina is skating with Justin for this season. Just goes to show you how much she must enjoy skating. Todd Gilles is the partner for this season.
  5. TanithandBenFan

    TanithandBenFan Author of the Ice and Edge Series

    Do you mean Todd Gilles is the partner for NEXT season? :confused:
  6. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

    I don't remember ever seeing Pratt/Gilles, but I've read several positive comments about their previous partnership. It will be interesting to see how things go with them. I'm still :( about the demise of S/G though.
  7. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

    So no one knows what Yuri and Yasa's situation is? Does anyone in MI know if they're staying in Ann Arbor? Summer is soon approaching and I'd think skaters would need to plan for training locations. The WA hasn't announced any new coaches at this point, so the summer dance program is sans dance expertise as of now. The dance coaches formerly at WA are relocating to other rinks. It will be interesting to see what would happen in Colorado Springs if there are actually competing training programs within the same city.
  8. Impromptu

    Impromptu Well-Known Member

    I loved both with Gilles (and Trina Pratt actually managed to make Chris Obzansky interesting to watch), but I was a fan of P/G from their novice season on -- if you're curious to see what P/G looked like, Skateweb has a couple of their programs available on the Christopher Dean choreography page here:

  9. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

    There is a flyer at the WA promoting a seminar in April that will be given by Yuri and Yasa. Maybe this is the first step to a relocation?

    DORISPULASKI Watching submarine races

    Perhaps Lynn and Logan might go to Krylova and Camerlengo? Is it close enough?
  11. MacombSk8rMom

    MacombSk8rMom New Member

    I can confirm that Yasa and Yuri are staying put in Ann Arbor. Students there are making their fall college plans, and talked to them prior to making their commitments.

    Teaching a seminar is not the same thing as relocating.

    I don't want to see any potential teams that form this year to shy away from Ann Arbor thinking the program may leave. For our part, we just got a partner's visa in order in the fall to skate in Ann Arbor, so it would be a big hardship to alter that visa to go elsewhere.
  12. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

    I think it's always detrimental when skaters don't know the future of their coaches. The seminar at WA is for FREE to WA and Broadmoor SC skaters. It's only a two hour seminar, so it is odd, at best, that Yasa and Yuri would be giving a FREE seminar in Colorado if they aren't looking at it for a potential relocation. There are coaches here who have contacted them and asked them directly what their plans are. They are not giving an answer one way or another. WA is clearly hoping that Yasa and Yuri will make the move to Colorado. Management has made the bold move of removing the two international dance coaches, that have been supporting the WA, in an attempt to clear the way for other dance coaches. The management has put a lot on the line by not supporting the coaches and dancers that have been there for years to not have something else lined up. All this could easily be put to rest by WA, in conjunction with Yuri and Yasa, making a definitive statement that Yuri and Yasa will not be moving to the Springs. Both parties are choosing not to do that, so the question seems to be a fair one.
  13. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    So I guess you believe that posting anonymously here at FSU will clear things up to your satisfaction?
  14. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

    I don't think this is about me and my satisfaction. Skaters and famiies make huge sacrifices to skate with particular coaches and facilities. I think it is rather irresponsible for anyone, be it management or coaches, to not be forthright with their clientele. My anonymity seems rather insignificant in comparison to the questions that the skaters both in CO and MI are left with in this situation. Skaters should be first priority in situations like this. JMHO
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  15. MarciajsR

    MarciajsR Member

    Can anyone give more specifics about the dance coaches they have asked to leave. Who are they, were are they going etc
  16. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    According to MacombSk8rMom, it sounds like the skaters in MI are pretty clear on Yuri/Yasa's status. It sounds like it's WA rink mgmt you should be focusing on, not Yuri/Yasa.
  17. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

    The coaches no longer at WA are Patti Gottwein and Tiffany Dombeck. It seems that these coaches are planning on staying in Colorado Springs. Colorado College is working with the ice dance community in the Springs with the goal of bringing a high quality environment to all. This is something that hasn't been the case at WA because of the shared use of the dancers with the pair program. At Colorado College the dancers will have a much better ice situation than WA is willing to provide.
  18. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

    So Yuri and Yasa are coaching in Colorado Springs today. Hopefully skaters will find out what their plans are now that everyone can talk face to face.
  19. madm

    madm Well-Known Member

    The dancers have had a lot of ice time at WA. My last summer schedule shows 4 dance sessions (45 min each) in the morning, 1 dance session in the afternoon, and 3 dance/pair sessions in the afternoon (which few pair teams use). The dancers get more sessions than the pair teams. IMO the problem with these two coaches is their lack of ability to get along and openly feuding on the ice. The dancers may get more ice time at Colorado College, but the facility has far less to offer than WA.
  20. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

    Yes the dancers have wonderful icetime at WA. They get get the 6:00am start time with four sessions in a row. Apparently pairs can't skate early mornings so the dancers are the sacrificial ones to take the time. All sessions at WA are available for the pairs to use after 8:25. The pair skaters are told by their coach that they are not to move for the dancers which breeds contempt for eachother. Management is clueless about skating and is not capable much less willing to deal with any of this. Dance is absolutely lowest priority in that rink.
  21. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

    So it's been well over a week since Yasa and Yuri were in Colorado Springs. Did anyone in Colorado talk with them and find out what their intent was? Can someone confirm that they are moving?
  22. UMBS Go Blue


    You might want to get your vision - or comprehension / selective reasoning skills - checked:

  23. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

    I'm sorry, I guess I left out some information that you probably needed. While Yasa and Yuri were in Colorado Springs for thier seminar they went out looking for homes, so I guess that's why many are still asking this question.
  24. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    The only person who seems to be asking about this is you.
  25. Jayar

    Jayar Well-Known Member

    Looking *AT* and looking *FOR* are two different things. But if they do move to COS, there will be some major crow eating here.
  26. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

    Being excited about some potiential changes in the dance hubs around the counrty is a bad thing? Maybe discussing Obama's birth certificate would be more interesting to you.
  27. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    There's a difference between "being excited" and tossing around unsourced rumours. And, yes, it is a bad thing to anonymously post unsourced rumours under the guise of "has anybody heard about this???" - and then, when no one bites, to follow up with further unsourced "information".

    To be honest, your posts read like you have some agenda that has very little to do with promoting discussion of US ice dance.
  28. wildfire

    wildfire New Member

    The only agenda I have is trying to find out where Yuri and Yasa are planning on coaching. Here are some factual items. WA is looking for new dance coaches to bring to their facility.

    1.This has been stated by management to many of it's customers in an open forum meeting.
    2. Yasa and Yuri were brought in to do a Seminar at the WA.
    3. At this seminar they were asked, by parents of skaters participating, if they were relocating. The answer given was that Yuri's fiancé was in medical school and that finding a way for her to do her residency in Colorado was an obstacle.
    4. Yasa was specifically asked by coaches in Colorado, specifically Tiffany and Patti, and she opted to not give an answer.
    5. A BSC board member drove Yuri, his fiance, and Yasa around to look FOR houses when they were in Colorado Springs.

    I don't see how the posts I've made is spreading rumors. There are significant facts that maje the question a logical one. I have no idea why this is so sensitive to some of you. It's not my intent to do any ine harm in any way. I guess I don't get it?
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2011
  29. OrioleBeagle

    OrioleBeagle AARROOOO!!!

    Is Yuri's fiance American or Russian?