On this Q&A, we introduce you to Amanda City, an ice dancer who competes within the junior solo mixed dance occasions. She trains with ,at Ashburn Ice Home and is coached by IKatrina Shalin, Vitaliy Shalin, and Ruslan Goncharov.
Inform us about how your skating journey started. What drew you to the ice? Do you have got any particular recollections?
My skating journey started in 2015 when my dad and mom signed me and my sister up for a be taught to skate summer time camp. I had no concept how you can skate and had by no means actually tried it earlier than the camp. I keep in mind the primary time I stepped on the ice, it felt a lot completely different than how I anticipated it might be, however I cherished it. After the week-long camp, I actually needed to proceed studying how you can skate so my dad and mom signed me up for be taught to skate courses and it just about took off from there.
When and why did you select to do solo dance?
I started my skating journey competing on a synchronized skating workforce. On my third season of synchro, my coach steered that I attempt ice dance classes to assist with issues like my timing, posture, skating expertise, and so on. I ended up taking classes and I cherished it! After only a few weeks of classes my coach, Vitaliy Shalin, requested if I needed to attempt competing within the solo dance sequence. He defined that I might compete within the preliminary patterns, and that if I scored excessive sufficient I might qualify for nationals. In fact I stated sure, and in 2019 I competed in preliminary patterns, and I ended up qualifying and competing at nationals in Provo, Utah. I’ve competed yearly since, and I’m now competing Junior Mixed. Ever since my first season, I’ve completely cherished competing within the solo dance sequence.
What do you want most about Solo Dance? What sort of music to you wish to skate to one of the best? Why?
I like that solo dance offers dancers the chance to nonetheless compete with out a companion. I like to compete and whereas I’m trying to find a companion, I’m so grateful I’m nonetheless capable of carry out and keep aggressive. In solo dance, the junior and senior ranges have a rhythm dance and a free dance, similar to the ice dance groups. This season the junior rhythm dance theme was tango along with your selection of favor from the choices they gave. I selected to skate to a flamenco together with the tango, and I actually have loved it! I wish to skate to all types of music however I feel the flamenco and tango types this yr have been one in every of my favorites. Once I hear my music I really feel I must skate with a number of energy, I must be quick and fierce, and I actually get pleasure from that. I additionally actually like skating to up to date or lyrical items of music, I like to only skate and really feel the music, it’s the most effective issues about skating.
Inform us about your coaching web site.
I’ve skated on the Ashburn Ice Home in Ashburn, Virginia for the reason that first time I’ve ever stepped foot on the ice. This summer time, I’ve began coaching extra at SkateQuest in Reston, as we’ve dance solely ice time Monday by way of Thursday which has been tremendous useful because it will get fairly busy on summer time freestyle classes. My teaching workforce consists of Katrina Shalin, Vitaliy Shalin, and Ruslan Goncharov. I can’t think about a greater workforce of coaches, all of them contribute various things to my skating/packages and are simply so useful to me. They’re every extraordinarily devoted at what they do and spend a lot of their time perfecting my skating, and all of their different skaters as effectively. It is rather essential to me to not solely have coaches who can educate effectively, however to have coaches who actually care about their college students and need one of the best for them. We now have a fairly large group of solo dancers, skaters from the decrease ranges to the upper ranges, however all of us assist each other. This season we even have 5 junior dancers, together with myself. All of us are aggressive, after all, however we’re all associates and we cheer one another on. We’re all a workforce and really supportive of one another, it’s an ideal group!
Who choreographed your packages. What do you want greatest about dancing to them?
Katrina Shalin and Ruslan Goncharov did my choreography this season. They’re very artistic and know precisely what every program wants. This yr I selected to skate to the “Avatar” film soundtrack for my free dance. Initially I selected a up to date model of music, we choreographed rather less than half this system however then I made a decision it simply didn’t really feel proper. With a view to skate to music, you want to have a reference to it, which I didn’t really feel to that piece of music. I informed my coaches and we instantly started trying to find new music. I used to be trying to find one thing with extra of a storyline. I needed one thing distinctive and funky, one thing that will actually be attention-grabbing to observe. I heard the “Avatar” soundtrack and I actually appreciated the concept. I then informed my coach, Katrina, about this concept and he or she helped discover some extra songs and brainstorm new concepts. We acquired this program accomplished in a short time, simply in time for the 2023 Solo Dance Camp in Dallas, Texas. At solo dance camp I had the chance to work with Randi Sturdy who was additionally very useful in including issues to each of my packages.
Solo Dance will likely be a global self-discipline this season? Share your ideas about this variation.
I’m so excited to listen to about Solo Dance turning into a global self-discipline! I feel this actually helps open the door for a lot of dancers who’re struggling to discover a companion, or simply need to compete in ice dance with out a companion. Since my first yr of solo dance, again in 2019, I’ve seen it develop. I consider since it will likely be on the worldwide stage, extra consideration will likely be dropped at it, and extra individuals will need to attempt it. I feel it’s additionally nice to not solely compete towards skaters out of your area or inside your nation, however to have the chance to compete towards skaters from different nations as effectively. I’m simply so pleased to see that solo dance will likely be worldwide, and may’t watch for the alternatives that it will convey.
In skating, what are you most trying ahead to this season? What will likely be your greatest problem(s)?
I’m most trying ahead to competing at my final couple of qualifying competitions, and hopefully the Nationwide Solo Dance closing in Chicago, IL. I’m actually excited to compete in Lake Placid, New York. It’s a enjoyable competitors, and skating on the rink the Olympics happened can be a nice expertise. I feel my greatest problem will likely be nationals. I’ve been working more durable than I ever have in previous seasons and I actually do really feel it’s paying off. My objective this season is to skate two skates that I’m pleased with and earn a medal at nationals; I’d like to win. To date I’ve earned a gold medal from all six of my competitions, and I’m actually pleased with that. In case you have been to inform me final season and even simply earlier than this season began, the place I’m at proper now, I’d not consider you. I’ve actually shocked myself up to now and I’m excited for what’s subsequent!
In case you might have a lesson with any ice dancer previous/current, who wouldn’t it be? Why?
It is a exhausting resolution as there are such a lot of wonderful ice dancers I look as much as. However, If I have been to select, I’d say both Maddison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue or Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron. Each groups have such distinctive types of skating that actually encourage me. I like their energy and easy types of skating.
What are your favourite off-ice actions?
It is a query I get requested typically and I by no means know what to reply as a result of I wish to be on the ice just about all day on a regular basis. It’s one thing I don’t get bored with, but when I needed to choose I’d say purchasing and touring. I journey quite a bit for competitions and I’ve gone to actually cool locations, a few of my favorites have been Provo, UT, Lake Placid, NY and Nashville, TN. All of them are actually fairly areas and I’ve actually loved visiting there.
Please share anything you desire to our readers to learn about you as a skater?
One thing I would like individuals to see after they watch me skate is my ardour for skating. I don’t simply skate as a result of I’ve been doing it for some time or for every other motive. I skate as a result of I really like it and revel in coming to apply on daily basis. I feel that’s what actually could make a skater stand out.