Category: Lists

TFTI’s 2016: A Look Back

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Subscribers to TFTI’s Weekly Protocol, and those who follow Twitter closely, will have heard by now many an opinion on certain of this season’s programs. But with this and with the diminution of the middle ranks particularly in dance since last season, it’s also difficult to present any “favorite programs of 2016” list that offers…

Previewing the 2016-17 Grand Prix Draft

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The ISU figure skating powers-that-be meet this Wednesday and Thursday to set out the coming season’s Grand Prix assignments across six events — this year, in a minor shake-up of schedule, Skate America, Skate Canada International, Rostelecom Cup, the renamed Trophée de France, Cup of China and NHK Trophy. With only eight slots per event…

TFTI’s Top 10 of 2015

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In recognition of the Year That Was, Two for the Ice highlights ten of its favorite 2015-16 programs from the U.S. and Canada’s senior dance and pairs couples — and we invite our readers to share their own favorites by tweeting us at @twofortheice or commenting below. ICE DANCE 1. Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker,…

2015 in Summer Competition: Part 1

While complete rosters for all of this summer’s major events in dance and pairs are still in progress, here’s what to watch for so far: Philadelphia Summer International Competition (formerly Liberty) – July 16-19, IceWorks Skating Complex, Aston, PADance and pairs?: Pairs Livestream?: No Entries Of note: * New to senior: Camille Ruest and Samuel…

2015 Grand Prix Assignments: By the Numbers

Total number of dance teams assigned: 25* *7 TBD spots remain (Skate America, Skate Canada International, Cup of China, Trophee Bompard [2], Rostelecom Cup, NHK Trophy) Total number of pairs assigned: 25* *4 TBD spots remain (Skate America, Skate Canada International, Trophee Bompard, Rostelecom Cup) American dance teams assigned outright: 4* *Madison Chock & Evan…

2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships: By the Numbers

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Senior dance teams competing: 15 Senior pairs competing: 7 New teams: 5 Catherine Daigle-Roy & Dominic Barthe (sixth, dance, Skate Canada Challenge) Lubov Iliushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch (first, pairs, Skate Canada Challenge) Alexa Linden & Jean-Luc Jackson (eighth, dance, Skate Canada Challenge) Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro (Grand Prix competitors; second, pairs, Skate Canada Challenge)…

2015 U.S. National Championships: By the Numbers

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Senior dance teams competing: 17 *Alissandra Aronow & Collin Brubaker withdrew after qualification Senior pairs competing: 12 *Brianna de la Mora & Taylor Wilson withdrew after qualification New teams: 5 Marissa Castelli & Mervin Tran (first, pairs, Eastern Sectionals) Anya Davidovich & AJ Reiss (first, pairs, Pacific Coast Sectionals) Gretchen Donlan & Nate Bartholomay (bye,…

2014: The Year in Elements

As 2015 approaches, a last look back at 14 of our favorite dance and pairs elements offered up in 2014, presented in (rough) order of debut. (Note: In interest of inclusiveness, no team or specific element was repeated.) Ice Dance Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir: 2013-14 short dance, no-touch midline step sequence A virtuoso display…