New Group Sequence: Shira Ichilov & Dmitriy Kravchenko

Welcome to IDC’s New Group Sequence! For this collection, we interview athletes who will enter the upcoming 2023-24 season in a brand new partnership, or debuted final season. In our first interview, we examine in with Shira Ichilov (20) and Dmitriy Kravchenko (18) who signify Israel on the senior stage.  New articles on this collection will probably be posted each Monday.

Inform us about your particular person skating journeys, together with any early particular recollections.
Shira (SI): I began to curler skate after I was 3 yrs previous. After I was 12 yrs previous, my father spoke to Boris Chait, the President of the Israeli federation, and he advised I strive ice dancing. I attempted determine skating , and a yr later relocated to New Jersey to skate with my coach Galit Chait-Moracci .

Dmitriy (DK): after I was 4 years previous on my birthday my dad and mom took me to the rink and one of many coaches there mentioned I ought to begin taking classes and that’s how I began.

What drew you to ice dance?
SI: I’ve all the time cherished to bop since I used to be a child. After I was nonetheless a curler skater, all of us knew that leaping isn’t for me. I keep in mind as a child watching with my dad and mom the Olympics and watching my coach Galit competing for israel on the Olympics together with her Hava Nagila program. It’s one thing that can keep in my recollections endlessly.

DK: I’ve all the time cherished skating, however as a child I didn’t wish to strive jumps as a result of it scared me so my coach advised to go to bop and I cherished it from the primary second.

Inform us how your partnership began.
SI: Dmitriy was skating in Israel for a couple of yr earlier than we began skating collectively. I’ve cut up with my accomplice after Worlds 2022 and was on the lookout for a accomplice. At Nationals, me and Dmitriy met, then me, Dmitriy, my coach and the federation have determined to check out.

What’s it that you just already like most about dancing along with your new accomplice?
SI: Dmitriy is a tough employee and keen about skating and I believe if you love what you do the whole lot is feasible.

DK: Shira is a tough employee! Though she is extra skilled than me, she by no means stops working and all the time pushing me and herself to the restrict and all the time wish to enhance.

What experiences do every of you carry to the partnership?
SI: Dmitriy is a bit youthful and fewer skilled than me. He hasn’t competed internationally but. I’ve competed internationally for the final 7 years and took part in 3 World Championships and a couple of junior.

DK: I don’t have a lot expertise, however I’m studying and enhancing with the assistance of my coach Galit and accomplice!

What has been the most important adjustment for every of you to date within the partnership?
SI: I believe, for each of us, it’s a giant problem. Skating with a brand new accomplice is all the time a problem, however I believe we’re heading in the right direction.

DK: I believe for me my largest problem will probably be to compete within the greater stage, however I’m completely happy I’ve one of the best individuals by my facet to assist me obtain our targets collectively.

Inform us about your coaching web site.
We’re coaching with the Israeli staff in New Jersey. Our staff is like household.  Now we have three coaches in our staff: Galit Chait Moracci, Alexei Bychenko and Evgeni Krasnopolsky and we’ve got our staff chief that takes care of us like we’re her personal kids. Additionally, Boris Chait provides us all of the alternatives potential to make us one of the best we will probably be. 

There are 2 dance groups: me and my accomplice Dmitriy and Maria [Nosoviskaya] and Mikhail [Nosovitskiy] and we even have a pair staff and singles skaters.

Who’re your coaches?  Did both or each must relocate? If that’s the case, inform us in regards to the transfer(s).
SI: I’ve been with Galit since age 13 years previous. She has been with me for each step of the way in which (from studying the way to do a crossover to going collectively to the World Championships!) Dmitriy is initially from Ukraine and had moved to Israel a couple of yr in the past. After we determined to skate collectively, he moved right here to New Jersey.

DK: I’ve moved to New Jersey about 3 months in the past. I adore it! Everybody right here has made my change very clean and simple. I get pleasure from each second right here.

Who’s choreographing your packages. Is another person arranging your music? If that’s the case, please share these experiences.
Each: We went to Detroit to make our packages with Pasquale Camerlengo and Igor Shpilband. We had an incredible time making the brand new packages. We’re very excited to indicate our packages. For the music,  we’re working with Hugo Chouinard. 

What’s every of you trying ahead to most this skating season? What will probably be your largest problem(s)?
SI: I’m very excited to lastly be again after not competing final season. I believe our largest problem will probably be similar to some other new staff to get used to skating with one another and be capable to present our greatest each single time.

DK: I’m trying ahead to compete and present all people our new packages and partnerships collectively.

Inform us about your program for this season.
Our SD this season will probably be Get down on it, Yesterday and It’s Raining Males. It’s a really enjoyable program! Our free dance is to a singer from Montreal. It’s a ravishing track.

Please share something you want to our readers to find out about you as a staff?
Each:  I hope everybody will get pleasure from us this season we’re very exited for our journey collectively! Our objective is to signify Israel on the Olympics and be a prime ice dance staff