An Interview with Rohene Ward, Jason Brown’s Choreographer

"One day, he will be an iconic choreographer!" Kori Ade, Jason Brown's coach, had told icenetwork about her protégé's choreographer, Rohene Ward.At the time, Brown had just finished third in the short program at Trophée Eric Bompard, en route to something he had not even dreamed about at the time: a silver medal at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and participation in the Olympic Games in his first season in the senior ranks. In just one evening last November, the French skating aud … [Read more...]

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“Flying Camels, Butterflies, And Twizzles”: I report from US Nationals

for AmSpec. (Which Nationals? you ask. Men's figure skating obviously. There is only one sport.)In early January, I attend my very first professional sports competition. The U.S. National Figure Skating Championships have already been going on for four days; the event sprawls over four disciplines and five age categories. I’m at Boston’s TD Garden to watch the senior men, including the two men we’ll be sending to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.Sport, like art, uses the limited body to hint … [Read more...]

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In Which Our Heroine Attends a Truly Fantastic Skating Choreography Competition

What do you mean, Sunday was the first day of Advent? It felt just like Christmas to me!That's because I got to attend the MK Young Artist Showcase 4 at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Choreographers from otherworldly locales such as Salt Lake City and Austria competed, plus there were exhibitions by local synchro skaters and also 2011 national champion Ryan Bradley, seen here in his "Doublet Your Pleasure, Doublet Your Fun" program and here in his winning short program.I really had no idea … [Read more...]

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Halloween Skating 2013

I know you've been waiting for it! Previous years here, here, and I also posted this one year.Gregory and Petukhov do sexed-up, props-based steampunk anti-Gnosticism:Todd Eldredge is a mummy:This is the only thing I've ever described as "a bit too German avant-garde for me":It's always Swan Lake somewhere... and this one, from Sasha Cohen, is ferocious and dramatic and dark:And last, the greatest Carmen program ever skated: … [Read more...]

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“Sharp Edges”: 1989 Documentary on Tonya Harding

Startlingly raw in its discussion of her family problems. Lots of fascinating backstage/practice footage. … [Read more...]

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Interview with a Sports Psychologist

Posting it here in case other people also find it fascinating! I'm going to try to use some of this to deal with my own self-defeating or anxious tendencies. … [Read more...]

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Sublime skating for Easter

I could watch this every day. So beautiful and poignant. … [Read more...]

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