New Staff Collection: Emma Kivioja & Erik Pellnor

Emma Kivioja (22) & Erik Pellnor (19) are a brand new senior ice dance crew who will symbolize Sweden this season. 

Inform us about your particular person skating journeys, together with any early particular recollections.
Emma Kivioja (EK): I began skating in Mörrums Determine skating Membership after I was 4 years previous. My mother and father put me in skating faculty after which I continued. 

Erik Pellnor (EP): My journey began after I was 8 years previous when my mother and father wished me to learn to skate. I later came upon I like to carry out and, on the ice, there’s near no limits! Because of my singles profession, I’ve had the alternatives of seeing the world and competing on a number of championships. As well as, I’ve made many good pals as nicely!

What drew you to ice dance?
EK: Erik and I had been at a summer season camp as single skaters and our coach advised that we must always skate collectively only for enjoyable and that’s the place my ideas about ice dance started. I’ve at all times admired the ice dancers after I’ve seen them on competitions, it’s such a good looking sport. 

EP: As I used to be bettering in singles, I seen my largest energy is performing and I actually get pleasure from doing choreography on the ice. I’ve at all times had a ardour for music and expressing my feelings by means of dance. One summer season, me and Emma tried just a little ice dance for the enjoyable of it. After that week each of us noticed how stunning this sport actually is.

Inform us how your partnership began.
EK: Our partnership got here pure since we’ve been skating collectively as single skaters and attempting ice dance workouts collectively for enjoyable moreover singles. Late this spring we determined to modify to ice dance. 

EP: Me and Emma met one another the primary time in Linköping throughout a coaching camp 10 years in the past. From that time on, we noticed one another just a few instances yearly throughout coaching. We’ve been pals for a very long time now and some time again our coach wished us to attempt to skate collectively. This spring we determined to decide to our passions and begin our ice dance journey for actual.

What’s it that you simply already like most about dancing along with your new accomplice?
EK: Up to now, I like the sensation of skating collectively, having the ability to talk and specific myself on the ice. I feel we talk very well on and off the ice which makes it very enjoyable. 

EP: I like that we get to inspire one another throughout observe and it actually makes you’re employed 100% on a regular basis. We additionally get to enhance our interpretation of music and work on getting full management of our whole physique. There are a variety of challenges, however we’re at all times there to help one another. 

What experiences do every of you convey to the partnership? 
EK: None of us have any expertise in ice dance however each of us have been on worldwide competitions and nationals as single skaters. We’re each onerous employees relating to coaching and we cheer on one another when issues are powerful.

EP: Each of us have skated at a excessive degree in singles, nevertheless none of us are skilled in ice dance but. We’ll for positive be capable of use our combating spirit since we’re used to taking up challenges and overcoming failure!

What has been the most important adjustment for every of you thus far within the partnership?
EK: Studying how you can skate collectively, lifts and all the opposite parts within the packages. 

EP: The most important adjustment for me is that we’ve got to assume alike. I’ve by no means most popular to work in a crew since I prefer to have the management myself. Nonetheless, as a result of me and Emma are actually shut pals we’re comfy with sharing our emotions and our sincere opinions.

Inform us about your coaching website.
We prepare in Mörrum, Sweden with our coach from single skating, Susanne Olsson. To obtain steering and assist, we go to Neil Brown and Maurizio Margaglio in Helsinki, Finland. 

Who’re your coaches?  Who’s choreographing your packages?
For ice observe our coaches are Susanne Olsson, Neil Brown and Maurizio Margaglio. For off-ice we get assist from STAC and Anna Dettner. Neil Brown has choreographed each of our packages. 

If you happen to may have a lesson with any ice dancer previous/current, who wouldn’t it be? Why?
EK: There are too many good groups that I like, I couldn’t choose one! 

EP: It could be actually cool to have one session with Tessa Advantage and or Scott Moir. They had been such an completed crew and complimented one another very nicely. It could be nice to learn to carry out similar to them. 

What’s every of you wanting ahead to most this skating season? What will probably be your largest problem(s)?
EK: I sit up for our first competitors and coaching collectively on the whole. I feel the most important problem for us is that every little thing is new to each of us, nevertheless it’s so enjoyable and galvanizing to do that journey with Erik. 

EP: I feel I principally sit up for skating in full costume in competitors. It is going to be such a enjoyable expertise to compete with one other particular person and to be so engrossed in our packages. I feel the most important problem will probably be to go from common singles skates to ice dance skates.

What’s your debut competitors this season?
We don’t know but what competitors goes to be our first, however it is going to be this autumn. 

Please share something you desire to our readers to find out about you as a crew?
EK: We’ve been working actually onerous this summer season and we’ve got gotten good help from all our coaches and households. I’m very excited to start out competing and present our packages! 

EP: We’re at present experimenting with what themes and feelings we need to specific in our packages and we actually hope it is going to be entertaining for the viewers (and the judges).