2023–24 Canadian Ice Dance: News and Updates

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Coach Carol Lane and Pj Kwong are going to review the season and talk about winning that Silver medal and what that means to not only Piper and Paul, but the whole team at Scarboro Ice Galaxy's Ice Dance Elite and the Ice Dance World in general. Join us on Thursday, April 4 [today] at 1pm ET on Skate Ontario's Facebook and Youtube pages and on X (formerly Twitter).
https://www.facebook.com/events/1073330597105582 & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umtdgwO2S0c
 

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Coach Carol Lane and Pj Kwong are going to review the season and talk about winning that Silver medal and what that means to not only Piper and Paul, but the whole team at Scarboro Ice Galaxy's Ice Dance Elite and the Ice Dance World in general. Join us on Thursday, April 4 [today] at 1pm ET on Skate Ontario's Facebook and Youtube pages and on X (formerly Twitter).
https://www.facebook.com/events/1073330597105582 & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umtdgwO2S0c
Also to be on the Skate Ontario YouTube: https://youtu.be/umtdgwO2S0c
 

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Not a lot of news here so far, mostly just recapping the season and Worlds, but she has really nice things to say about Barbara Fusar-Poli.
 

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Dec. 20, 2023:
Emma Goodstadt has announced her retirement from competitive skating: [her Instagram is private now]
"I'm thrilled to share that I've been accepted to Western University with advanced entry into the Ivey Business School, where I will commence full-time studies in September 2024."
Emma suffered a pelvic fracture in a practice collision during Challenge :( and announced her retirement a few weeks later. Her partner this past season, USA-born Christian Bennett, 21, listed himself on IPS following her announcement and his profile is still up.

Feb. 15, 2024:
"Both Canadian ice dance teams that took part in the Youth Olympics, Audra Gans / Michael Boutsan and Caroline Kravets / Jacob Stark, have ended their partnerships. Boutsan and Kravets are on Ice Partner Search."
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I think that's three Canadian junior dance teams that have split since nationals, right? Sabatini-Speciale/Buelow were the first.
Four, including Bolender/Dotzert, who have also split. He is on ice partner search.
Chaima Ben Khelifa, 18, has an IPS profile up that was last updated in November 2023 (she competed in 4 JGPs with Everest Zhu in 2021 & 2022).

William Oddson, 21, updated his IPS profile in early April and is "Willing to represent other countries." He competed in one JGP with Savanna Martel last fall and they were 5th in Junior at Nationals: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00117812.htm
 
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Mariposa Ice Dance has a new (Junior) team - Summer Homick, 16 (turns 17 in July) and Nicholas Buelow, 17, coached by Mitch Islam and choreographed by Kaitlyn Weaver: https://www.instagram.com/p/C57Zsc1OpJ0/

Summer previously competed 3 seasons in pairs with Marty Haubrich (they finished 8th in Senior Pairs at 2024 Nationals).

ETA that the 2nd photo shows Rachel Martins and Juel Kowalczyk who placed 4th in Novice Ice Dance at Nationals (0.1 point away from the bronze medalist team's total score).

I just noticed that Dana Sabatini-Speciale's IPS profile as of March 10 lists Andrew Hallam at the Cricket club as her coach: https://icepartnersearch.com/showbio.php?i=7523
 
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Cross-posting here from the Solo Ice Dance thread in GSD re. Emmy Bronsard/Jacob Richmond's split:
Emmy Bronsard posted tonight that she is training for Picken solo dance event -- and also looking for a new partner.
The Picken Solo Dance International (first ISU-sanctioned event in North America) will be held in Reston, VA, April 25-28, 2024 - event info is posted in that thread
(ETA link to the post): https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/th...ial-isu-discipline.111386/page-4#post-6586740
 
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Skate Canada's press release today (April 23) about their ice dance season highlights:

Final sentence: "The future of Canadian ice dance is looking strong as we approach the halfway mark to the 2026 Olympic Games in Milano-Cortina. Make sure to stay tuned to skatecanada.ca and sign up for the Fan List to be the first to know about the 2024/2025 Grand Prix assignments and who’s named to the National Team in the months ahead."

Since there is no mention of FB/S, their retirement announcement is likely forthcoming?
 

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They didn't mention Lauriault/Le Gac either, though (national silver medalists), so who knows?
Yeah, my default assumption is that Skate Canada just doesn't want to draw any attention to FBSoer if they can help it. If FBSoer are staying in next season then they and Skate Canada will draw enough ire and criticism when the GP assignments are released.
 

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Ben Agosto and Katherine Hill recently visited Wing/Lowe’s Vancouver Ice Dance Academy - 2 photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C6HuJzYvuwg/
Tagged skaters include Chloe Nguyen/Brendan Giang, Romy Malcolm/Kobi Chant (AUS), Tasha Lai/Mickey Becker-Pos (Novice 3rd), Namu Lee (he is KOR and looking for a new partner), Madelaine Breau (6th at Pre-Novice Challenge with Nathan Feng-in the photo but not tagged?).
 
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Ben Agosto and Katherine Hill recently visited Wing/Lowe’s Vancouver Ice Dance Academy - 2 photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C6HuJzYvuwg/
Tagged skaters include Chloe Nguyen/Brendan Giang, Romy Malcolm/Kobi Chant (AUS), Tasha Lai/Mickey Becker-Pos (Novice 3rd), Namu Lee (he is KOR and looking for a new partner), Madelaine Breau (6th at Pre-Novice Challenge with Nathan Feng-in the photo but not tagged?).

I also saw Alec ROUECHE (Chloe NGUYEN‘s former partner).
 

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Posted back on Jan. 12, 2023 in the Nationals in Oshawa thread in the Kiss & Cry section:
Very excited to watch this event this evening, Jordyn Lewis (4th jr dance) and Layla Veillon (5th jr dance) are a part of the ice ignite Jr team! I feel this was a wonderful addition to the event schedule at Canadian nationals, so much exposure for this beautiful discipline
June 29, 2023 in this thread:
Bringing this over here from the 2023-24 NextGen thread:
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Jordyn Lewis / Noah McMillan, Ilderton SC/Ilderton SC ON [J4]
I believe Lewis/McMillan did not compete at all this season? Posted on Jan. 20, 2024:
Lewis/McMillan are officially done.
Jordyn's Instagram stories today (screenshots here: https://twitter.com/virtuemoired/status/1783982516224786612) indicate that she is joining Les Suprêmes senior synchro team of CPA St-Léonard in Montréal - an exciting opportunity for her.
 

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Cross-posting here from the Solo Ice Dance thread in GSD re. Emmy Bronsard/Jacob Richmond's split:

The Picken Solo Dance International (first ISU-sanctioned event in North America) will be held in Reston, VA, April 25-28, 2024
Emmy Bronsard's 2 programs are posted in the Washington Picken Solo Ice Dance International thread in Kiss & Cry (currently open to all), here: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/th...a-april-26-28-2024.111747/page-2#post-6591908

2 heartwarming posts by Emmy today:
She also reveals that she skated to Mozart’s Fantasia in D minor back in 2017 as a singles competitor before bringing the music back for her Senior Solo free dance debut :): https://www.instagram.com/reel/C6ck4s1L8ge/
 

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Wyliefan

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Nadiia Bashynska did an AMA on Instagram today. Someone asked her about the style of their new free dance, and she replied, "I'll give you a HINT! It's a famous genre amongst ballroom dancers!"

So make of that what you will!

 

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Nadiia Bashynska did an AMA on Instagram today. Someone asked her about the style of their new free dance, and she replied, "I'll give you a HINT! It's a famous genre amongst ballroom dancers!"

So make of that what you will!

A waltz! A waltz! Please skate gods let it be a waltz!
 

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Quebec Development Teams posted with new dance teams
Jamie Fournier & Everest Zhu [Benjamin Brisebois] - 2024 Junior Nationals, 5th
Nelly-Anne Chao & Thierry Caron [Benjamin Brisebois]- 2024 Novice Nationals, 8th
Amélia Dufour-Saysourinho & Anthony MacDonald [Élise Hamel] - 2024 Novice Nationals, 5th
Alyson Lacombe & Morgan Laliberté-Laurent [Mylène Girard] - 2024 Novice silver medalists
NEW Audra Gans & Gabriel Liu [Arianne Émard Lauzon] - she was 10th in Junior/he was 12th in Novice with their previous partners
NEW Olympia Kalaganis & Émile Deveau [Arianne Émard Lauzon] - he was 15th in Junior with his previous partner

5 Senior teams, 8 total, are listed in the "Équipes Excellence-A-NextGen 2024-2025" document dated 4/25/24:
https://patinage.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Athletes-EXC-A-NG_Site-Internet-24-25.pdf
The final 3 on the list:
Auréa Cinçon-Debout / Earl Jesse Celestino - 2024 Junior Nationals, 7th
Victoria Carandiuc / Andrei Carandiuc - 2024 Junior Nationals, 12th
Laurence Brière & Julien Lévesque are the 2024 Novice champs.
 

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