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Young Artists Showcase 3 Choreography Contest

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by FallsonPatch, May 1, 2012.

  1. FallsonPatch

    FallsonPatch New Member

    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:


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

    shan Well-Known Member

    :cheer2: I love this series.
  3. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    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: May 5, 2012
  4. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Sylvia!
  5. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

    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!
  6. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

    Nice to see Bebe Liang again :)
  7. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    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. :lol:

    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!
  8. FallsonPatch

    FallsonPatch New Member

    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:


    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.
  9. YukiNieve

    YukiNieve Well-Known Member

  10. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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

    FallsonPatch New Member

  12. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    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: May 12, 2012
  13. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    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.


    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: May 12, 2012
  14. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    What a treat!
  15. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    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/
  16. Impromptu

    Impromptu Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    ^^ 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. :swoon:

    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. :lol:
  18. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

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

    TheGirlCanSkate Well-Known Member

    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?
  20. Rochelle

    Rochelle Active Member

    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. :)
  21. Conga

    Conga Member

    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.;)
  22. Rochelle

    Rochelle Active Member

    I think all three of us are on the same plane of thought, for our hopes. :swoon:

    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.
  23. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    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.
  24. FallsonPatch

    FallsonPatch New Member

    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-Ydf9XU&feature=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=agjApiD691Q&feature=context-chv

    You can vote at this site:

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

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    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: May 19, 2012
  26. FallsonPatch

    FallsonPatch New Member

  27. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    These are great fun! "Starring Mark Henretty. . . Daniel Aggiano. . . . and their balls." :rofl:
  28. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

    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.