Author: Team IDC

Getting to Know Avonley Nguyen & Vadym Kolesnik

IDC is highlighting some of the new partnerships that are debuting in the 2017-18 competitive season.  Up first – Avonley Nguyen & Vadym Kolesnik – who are coached by Igor Spilband and train in Novi, Michigan. IDC: Can you share with us your individual skating journeys:  Nguyen: I started ice dancing when I was 12 and was drawn in by the lifts. At the time, I thought that one of the best things about skating with a partner was getting to do fun lifts – kind of like having my one personal roller coaster. As time went on, being...

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Parent Guide: 2017-18 Pattern Key Points

by Adrienne Koob-Doddy Key points- two words filled with such expectation, anxiety, and importance. Today, we dive into what a key point is, why it matters to your child, and some specific information regarding this season’s key points at the Junior and Senior levels. A key point is a step or group of steps that has been selected to be evaluated for correct execution. A key point performed accurately according to the specified criteria will help a team earn a level on a pattern dance element. At the Junior and Senior levels, these pattern dance elements occur within the...

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A Q&A with Germany’s Müller & Dieck

by Anne Calder In June, Germany’s Katharina Müller and Tim Dieck returned to the Arctic Edge Club in Canton, Michigan, for training and choreography with Marina Zoueva’s team. They will head back to Dortmund in August after competing in the Lake Placid ice dance competition and the Dance-Pairs Chicago Championships. In Canton, Müller & Dieck shared their thoughts in a Q & A session. When and why did you begin skating? Why did you choose ice dance? Katharina: I was five years old when I skated on an open rink near my home. Figure skating was something I’ve known...

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#TeamKoKo: A Journey to Love

by Anne Calder | Photos from Team KoKo | Illustration by @Okarataitan Misato Komatsubara & Tim Koleto became ice dancing partners in 2016. The duo represents Japan and trains in Milan, Italy with Barbara Fusar-Poli and Stefano Caruso. While fairly new as an ice dance couple, their individual resumes stretch back several years. Komatsubara competed for Japan in ice dance 2009-2013. She spent a year of solo training in her home city of Okayama before moving to Italy in 2014 to partner with Andrea Fabbri under the watchful eyes of Coach Barbara Fusar Poli. The partnership ended in April...

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