Breaking Down the 2017-18 Grand Prix Draft: Ice Dance

With today’s surprise reveal of 2017-18’s Grand Prix assignments, Two for the Ice has compiled the hows, whys — and possible huhs — of who and how many assignments the dance and pair teams in question received. We’ll look first at dance, the larger and, thus, more unwieldy field. Couples who placed in the top…

Step Sequences No. 20: Vintage Tango

ON STEP SEQUENCES: If ice dance tangos can be ballroom and Argentine, compulsory, short-form or freestyle, they can also take their cues from a wholly other source: history. More than seems to be the case with other styles, like waltz or the Latin dances, tango seems to inspire choreographers and skaters to a vintage tribute.…

TFTI Readers’ Survey: Respond by May 31!

With the season over, Two for the Ice wants to hear from you on where we can grow — and what you already enjoy from our coverage. And interested respondents can be entered into a drawing to receive a free copy of our Coloring Handbook of Figure Skating! Submit your survey answers by May 31.…

In the end, a beginning for Paul and Islam

Part 2 of a two-part feature; read part 1 here by Jacquelyn Thayer Athletes have spoken of the difficulty in moving from the concretely goal-focused regimen of the sporting life to the more mundane concerns of life after. But in the first months since retirement, the mundane is what’s grounded ice dancers Alexandra Paul and…

With Paul and Islam, the end is where we start from

Part 1 of a two-part feature by Jacquelyn Thayer Perseverance: few virtues are more celebrated in sport. For athletes grappling with injury and long odds, it becomes a mantra. But just as fundamental is the confidence to know when it’s time to close a door. Canadian ice dancers Alexandra Paul and Mitch Islam initially entered…