Anne’s Take: 2023 Lake Placid IDI & IDC

by Anne Calder

The IDC staff traveled from factors east, west, and south to cowl the 2023 Worldwide and Championship ice dance competitions July 31 – August 2 in Lake Placid, NY. Daphne and Jordan (On Ice Views) drove from Maine and New York Metropolis, respectively whereas Robin and Anne did a cross-country trek from California and Arizona.

Partnered competitors started Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. within the 1980 rink with the JINs (Juvenile, Intermediate and Novice) Sample Dances. Solo Dance was competed on the similar time within the 1932 rink.


What higher place to compete Rhythm Dance applications that spotlight 1980’s music than the house of the Miracle on Ice within the Herb Brooks Enviornment on the Lake Placid Olympic Middle. Forty three years in the past a bunch of faculty youngsters made America proud by defeating the Soviet Union and Finland hockey groups and profitable Olympic gold for Group USA.

In 1981, when MTV burst on the scene, the trade modified perpetually. Music artists carried out all day lengthy and the general public couldn’t get sufficient. Madonna’s arrival along with her blue eye shadow and plastic black pants, Kenny Loggins’ iconic theme from the Footloose movie and Michael Jackson’s launch of the album, “Thriller” all contributed to the joy of the last decade.

On the similar time, Walkmans, cassette tapes, compact discs (CD’s) and so on. made listening to music simpler and extra transportable.

The Junior and Seniors – Worldwide and Championships – started their 6-hour Rhythm Dance marathon of interpretation of the 1980’s music on Tuesday afternoon at 2:40 pm and continued till the ultimate skater left the ice at 10:00 pm.

The 2023-2024 Rhythm Dance applications embrace the next additions:

  • The senior’s Silver Samba is evaluated as a Choreographic component NOT as a sample dance with ranges.
  • The juniors skate two sections of the Rocker Foxtrot.
  • The theme for the seniors and juniors is the music and emotions of the 1980’s decade.

Senior Worldwide Rhythm Dance:
1. (75.26)  Oona Brown & Gage Brown  (USA)  “Satellite tv for pc” and “I’m Nonetheless Standing” by Elton John
2. (74.36)  Diana Davis & Gleb Smolkin (GEO)  Michael Jackson picks
3. (72.78)  Eva Pate & Logan Bye (USA)  “My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown and “Stroll This Means” by Run D.M.C. feat. Aerosmith
4. (68.11) Lorraine McNamara & Anton Spiridonov (USA) “Let’s Go Loopy”, “Kiss” and “Gradual Love” by Prince

Junior Worldwide Rhythm Dance:
1. (63.99) Leah Neset & Artem Markelov (USA) “Nonetheless Loving You” by Scorpions and “I Hate Myself for Loving You” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
2. (59.88) Elliana Peal & Ethan Peal (USA) “What Have You Carried out for Me These days?” and “Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson
3. (57.27) Helena Carhart & Volodymyr Horovyi “I Need to Break Free” and “Don’t Cease Me Now” by Queen
4. (56.97) Caroline Mullen & Brendan Mullen (USA) “Wake Me Up Earlier than You Go Go” by WHAM and “Father Determine” by George Michael

Senior Championship Rhythm Dance:
1. (70.04) Katarina Wolfkostin & Dimitry Tsarevski (USA) “Love is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar and  “Name Me” by Blondie
2. (68.71) Isabella Flores & Ivan Desyatov (USA) “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard and “When Doves Cry” by Prince
3. (59.85) Raffaella Koncius & Alexey Shchepetov (USA) “Candy Goals” and “Right here Comes the Rain Once more” by Eurythmics
4. (47.67) Klara Kowar & Thomas Schwappach (USA) “By no means Tear Us Aside” and “Want You Tonight” by INXS

Junior Championship Rhythm Dance:
1. (55.87) Yahli Pederson & Jeffrey Chen (USA) “Type of Magic” and “Underneath Strain” by Queen
2. (52.42) Amy Ciu & Kenny Eckert (USA) “I Need to Break Free” and “Underneath Strain” by Queen
3. (51.21) Olivia Ilin & Dylan Cain (USA)“Neutron Dance”, “I Want You” and “I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters   
4. (49.05) Annalise Stapert & Maxim Korotcov (USA) “Straight Up” and “Opposites Appeal to” by Paula Abdul 


The 2023-24 Free Dance additions: 

The Choreographic Hydroblading Motion: It might be carried out anyplace in this system, throughout which each companions carry out hydroblading actions. The next necessities apply:

  • A low motion with the higher physique nearly parallel to the ice. The core of the physique have to be clearly positioned away from the vertical axis. No different a part of the physique aside from the boot of the free leg is allowed to the touch the ice. If another a part of the physique, (aside from the allowable boot/foot drag of the free leg) touches the ice it perhaps thought of a Choreographic Sliding Motion
  • Hydroblading motion by each companions on the similar time for a minimum of 2 seconds. The beginning and finish of the Choreographic Hydroblading Motion doesn’t must be carried out concurrently.
  • Could also be in maintain or not touching

Choreographic Character Step Sequence: Skaters could now carry out this sequence in varied patterns as an alternative of solely alongside the quick axis of the rink

Senior Worldwide Free Dance:
The 4 prime placement senior Worldwide Free Dance groups made their season aggressive debut.

1. Diana Davis & Gleb Smolkin (GEO) scored 117.47 for his or her Swan Lake, Ballet Suite Op.20: Scene dance that blended up to date choreography with classical parts created by their coaches. The staff skated for Russia on the 2022 Winter Olympic Video games, however at present characterize Georgia internationally. Davis & Smolkin prepare on the ION Middle in Leesburg, Virginia, USA with coaches Elena Novak and Alexei Kiliakov.

2. Oona Brown & Gage Brown (USA) danced to Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself” with emotion and keenness and scored 105.40.  The staff trains in Huntington, NY with coaches Inese Bucevica and Joel Expensive. Oona performs the bagpipes.

3. Eva Pate & Logan Bye (USA) scored 105.17 for his or her commanding efficiency to the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, the opera. Igor Shpilband coaches the staff in Novi, Michigan. 

4. Nadiia Bashynska & Peter Beaumont (CAN)  executed an emotional dance to Romeo & Juliet Op. 64 No13 – “Dance of the Knights” and earned a 104.84 rating. The reigning Junior Grand Prix Closing gold medalists prepare in Toronto, ON Canada with Carol & Jon Lane.

Junior Worldwide Free Dance: 
1.Leah Neset & Artem Markelov (USA) scored 97.28 for tinheritor interpretive dance to  “Anytime, Anyplace” by Sara Brightman and “Cry” by Thomas Bergersen. The 2-time U.S. Nationwide Junior Champions teamed up in 2020 and prepare with Elena Dotstatni in Colorado Springs, CO. Markelov research knowledge analytics and system engineering on the College of Colorado, COS. 

2. Elliana Peal & Ethan Peal (USA) selected picks from Lord of the Rings for his or her dramatically intense dance that scored 92.33 factors. Elena can also be a aggressive dancer and Ethan research aerospace engineering on the College of Alabama. The staff is coached by their father, Rob Peal, in Nashville, TN. 

3. Caroline Mullen & Brendan Mullen (USA) used their private wrestle with an damage and return to skating to determine with and interpret the lyrics of “Survivor” by 2WEI and Edda Hayes. The siblings scored 89.89. 

4. Helena Carhart & Volodymyr Horovyi (USA) scored 86.66 for his or her intricately fast-paced “Malagueña” dance. The staff has skilled in Estero, Florida with Marina Zoueva and Ilya Tkachenko since 2019. Helena’s youthful sister, Marian and companion Denis Bledsoe received the Intermediate gold medal. 

Senior Championship Free Dance:
1. Katarina Wolfkostin & Dimitry Tsarevski danced an intense program to “Tanquera” by Diego Schissa Quinteto and “Invierno Porteno” by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica and scored 108.89. The brand new staff fashioned its partnership three months in the past and trains on the Michigan Ice Dance Academy (MIDA).

2. Isabella Flores & Ivan Desyatov wove Kaitlyn Weaver’s choreography via the West Facet Story picks of “I Really feel Fairly”, “Maria” and “Tonight’ to attain 107.62 factors. Desyatov has just lately been launched from his former coaching nation to compete internationally for the USA.

3. Raffaella Koncius & Alexey Shchepetov scored 90.73 for his or her dance to “On Reflection (Black Mirror TV collection) by Max Richter and “Music for the Little Sparrow” (Ouverture)  by Patricia Kaas – Abel Korzeniowski. The staff just lately relocated to the Michigan Ice Dance Academy (MIDA) .

4. Cara Murphy & Joshua Levitt made their season debut with “To Construct a Residence” (feat. Patrick Watson) and scored 83.14.

Junior Championship Free Dance: 
1. Yahli Pederson & Jeffrey Chen earned 87.16 for his or her interpretive dance to Phantom of the Opera. Chen competed internationally in 2022-2023 on the senior degree along with his earlier companion, Katarina Wolfkostin. 

2.  Amy Cui & Kenny Eckert danced to picks from Ghost the Musical: “Unchained Melody”, “Droop my Disbelief”, “I Had a Life” and scored 74.43 – 4 factors larger than the Dallas Traditional the place the brand new staff just lately made its debut.

3. Olivia Ilin & Dylan Cain scored 74.42 for “ Hearth on Hearth” (Watership Down), by Sam Smith. The 2022 Lake Placid Junior Championship gold medalists partnered in 2015 and prepare in Rockville, MD with Dmytri Ilin.

4. Julia Epps & Blake Gilman danced to “Segundo” by Pink Martini, “Besame Mucho” by Edna Vasquez, and “Que Rico El Mambo” by Perez Prado and earned 72.83 factors. Epps & Gilman, have been companions since 2015 and prepare with Slava Uchitel on the Philadelphia Skating Membership & Humane Society in Aston, PA.


Coaches from two coaching websites within the Toronto space introduced a number of groups to compete: Carol & Jon Lane with Ice Dance Elite and Madison Hubbell & Adrian Diaz with I.AM. The retired aggressive ice dancers (with totally different companions) made their teaching debut at Lake Placid final season. Congratulations to the duo who just lately married in Barcelona, Spain.

“We’ve junior groups at I.AM, and we wished to see the Rocker Foxtrot carried out right here,” stated Hubbell. 

Throughout Angela Ling & Caleb Wein’s Free Dance the Referee stopped the music as a consequence of Wein’s costume malfunction. This system resumed after an adjustment. It was not a music concern as many within the viewers initially thought. The staff acquired a 5.0 deduction as per Rule 515. (Interruption in this system with allowance to renew from level of interruption)

The Lake Placid competitions included all ranges plus Worldwide and Championship (NQS). In the course of the Junior and Senior Rhythm Dance section there have been 43 straight performances to1980’s musical picks with two Zamboni ice makes. Followers of the style loved the journey down reminiscence lane. Many within the viewers sang alongside to their favourite tunes.

In Solo Mixed Dance, the beginning line-up attracts for each the Rhythm and Free Dance are accomplished previous to each segments leading to a random moderately than placement Free Dance order. Within the Senior Solo Mixed the skaters who completed first, second and third within the Rhythm Dance, competed twentieth, sixth and 1st in Free Dance.