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 most of the different dancers, she was a bit older when she first laced up her skates.

IDC: How did you become involved with ice skating?
Shauna: I used to be 9 after I went to a celebration and appreciated it loads. I skated at a few public classes after which joined the Study 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 college within the space?
Shauna: I attend Corona del Sol Excessive Faculty in Tempe, Arizona. There are plenty of skaters who go to my college. It’s good to have connections in school if you’re skating. It’s a pleasant neighborhood to be a part of…

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

IDC: What’s your favourite rhythm?
Shauna: I like Latin – Cha Cha is extra thrilling with the completely different actions that go together 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 assumed it regarded attention-grabbing, then after I tried it, I bought excited and fell in love with it. I simply type of wished to maintain persevering with with it.

IDC: What in regards to the camaraderie in Solo Dance?
Shauna: That’s one more reason I like Solo Dance. The neighborhood has at all times been so sturdy, particularly to me as I began it. Right here now we have our Solo Dance Group 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 neighborhood.

IDC: What skating objectives 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 degree 2 on my twizzles, I need to get a degree 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 objectives.

IDC: What’s your favourite skating reminiscence?
Shauna: In Arizona, now we 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 have been so welcoming although I used to be new to it.