Meet ice dancer Shauna Vorhees

by Anne Calder

Shauna Vorhees is fifteen and lives solely 5 minutes away from the Chandler Arizona Ice Den. In contrast to lots of the different dancers, she was a bit older when she first laced up her skates.

IDC: How did you get entangled with ice skating?
Shauna: I used to be 9 once I went to a celebration and favored it loads. I skated at a few public periods after which joined the Be taught to Skate courses. I actually loved it and was at all times excited to go, so I continued with non-public classes. I began making packages with parts to songs, then started doing competitions.

IDC: Do you go to public faculty within the space?
Shauna: I attend Corona del Sol Excessive Faculty in Tempe, Arizona. There are loads of skaters who go to my faculty. It’s good to have connections in school if you’re skating. It’s a pleasant group to be a part of…

IDC: What do you want greatest about Solo Dance?
Shauna: I like how one can compete and in addition do a bunch of various types with completely different rhythms and completely different dances – just like the waltz that’s elegant and also you type of move throughout the ice. Then there’s additionally Latin dances just like the Cha Cha the place it’s a must to be very sharp and passionately enthusiastic about it. I believe it’s very cool to see the distinction within the completely different types.

IDC: What’s your favourite rhythm?
Shauna: I like Latin – Cha Cha is extra thrilling with the completely different actions that associate with it.

IDC: What about music for the Free Dance?
Shauna: I like the identical factor – Tango, Cha Cha. My ardour is to bounce to that music.

IDC: How lengthy have you ever been doing Solo Dance?
Shauna: I’ve been doing Solo Dance with Naomi Lang for 3 years. I believed it appeared fascinating, then once I tried it, I acquired excited and fell in love with it. I simply type of wished to maintain persevering with with it.

IDC: What concerning the camaraderie in Solo Dance?
Shauna: That’s another excuse I really like Solo Dance. The group has at all times been so robust, particularly to me as I began it. Right here we now have our Solo Dance Staff and everybody was so welcoming. Even when competing towards one another, we don’t let that get in the way in which of our friendships. We help one another at competitions – even skaters from different locations we help them, they usually help us. It’s only a very pleasant loving group.

IDC: What skating targets have you ever set for this season?
Shauna: It’s largely about bettering. I simply need to have the ability to hold doing higher. If I get a stage 2 on my twizzles, I need to get a stage 3 on the subsequent competitors. It’s not like I need to get first place, it’s about bettering, after which I can attain these targets.

IDC: What’s your favourite skating reminiscence?
Shauna: In Arizona, we now have this competitors referred to as Fiesta Skate. Two years in the past it was my first Solo Dance competitors. I didn’t know what was happening. Everybody was so supportive. I ended up doing actually good. I used to be in a position to make new mates there. Naomi and everybody had been so welcoming despite the fact that I used to be new to it.