Keeper of La Khok's Tutus
Programs by Dean
This thread is prompted by a question Emma posed in the Sasha music thread. To paraphrase, she was wondering what Dean may have envisioned for MK's Bolero program. Of course I think many of us would love to know, but probably never will - which is fine.
It got me thinking though. What other single skater competitive programs has Dean choreographed? There are a couple of "show" programs he's choreographed that I thought were very amazing - one for Kristi Y (can't remember what the music was - but the intricacy of footwork, etc. was amazing) as an example.
Since it's still the off season, I'd love to dig up some video clips of some of his competitive program work. Not sure how much is actually out there - does anyone know of examples? I'm just curious now.
Besides Michelle, I don't know if Christopher Dean has choreographed for Olympic-eligible singles skaters.
He has worked with a number of ice dance teams: IIRC, there is Bourne/Kraatz (Meet Her At the Love Parade - 99 Worlds), Lang/Tchernychev (Anytime, Anywhere - 2000 Worlds), Anissina/Peizerat (Carmina Burana), Roca/Sur (96 Worlds OD), and Drobiazko/Vanagas (96 and 97, IIRC it was mentioned during the OD telecast). I'm sure there are others I have left off. He may have also worked with Chalom/Gates for their 99 programs (I think also mentioned during 99 Nationals or Worlds broadcast).
Besides some of the professional skaters mentioned, he also choreographed for Mrs. Christopher Dean, aka Jill Trenary. He created These Boots Are Made For Walkin'. The program he created for Kristi Yamaguchi was to The Triplets of Belleville.
He created two programs for Joanne Conway in the 91/92 season which I still hunt for. They were praised for the choreography when she obviously skated them at the Europeans, but she struggled too hard to cope with them so she resurrected old programs for the Olympics.
In 2000 (probably for the 00/01 season) he choreographed iirc a short program for Naomi Nari Nam to Sway. Never found that either yet.
Same season he developped Rush as short program for Kwan which you might be able to find. I got it and it should be available on rinkside e.g.
Besides those I only know of (quite many) routines for single pro skaters plus dancers and pairs (and ensembles) in amateur and pro scene.
Dean choreographed the Duchesnays' programs in the early 1990s. He was briefly married to Isabelle Duchesnay, in fact.
Chris Dean choreographed two programs with Brian Boitano -- one of my favorites of Brian's that unfortunately never made a TV broadcast, "Mo Ghile Mear" ("Our Hero") by Sting/the Chieftans. It was ab absolutely stunning bit of choreography, in my opinion. He also worked with Brian on a tango number that he performed at the 1999 Landover (World Pro) competition, I believe it was. Brian was working with some injuries at the time, and I didn't like the music at all, but the choreography, again, I thought was wonderful.
I loved Jill's "These Boots are Made for Walking," too. Again, just a great piece of choreography, I thought. And I think he did one with Kurt Browning, too ("Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," maybe? I can't remember which one for sure.) I do remember that all three of these folks said the programs were very hard to do and I don't think any of them performed them a bunch of times.
The one which was just a Kurt solo was "Ain't no sunshine". And it was performed during a whole CSOI tour. Wonderful work imho.
Originally Posted by mememe
There are many more programs for pro skaters, mostly for the tours they did and SOI. But only very few amateuer single skaters (see above) asked T&D or Dean alone to choreograph.
Dean has also choreographed programs for some junior dancers in Colorado. I know he did an OD for one team in 1998-99, and several ODs for Trina Pratt and Todd Gilles, the current US junior champions (for 2005-06 he did their free dance instead).
Thanks -- I knew it had "Sun" in there somewhere. And yes, it was performed in the CSOI tour, but like Brian B.'s "Our Hero" in the Winter COI tour, that just wasn't very long compared to a regular COI or SOI tour. And I think I only saw it ("Ain't No Sunshine) once, because it wasn't televised much (if any) or done much in the U.S.
Originally Posted by tdnuva
Was The Triplets of Belleville Kristi's Tango number? I thought that Dean choreographed that one.
I know Dean has choreographed some beautilful programs for pros and I love the Kulik "Baseball Cap" but Kulik never won anything with that program.
He may choreograph difficult programs but how COP friendly are they. I believe that may be why she changed Bolero so many times before and during Worlds.
He is the best at SOI but I am not so sure about eligibles. His foot work is difficult but how about the spins etc.
Michelle made a good choice, now lets hope she won't change anything.
Last edited by ladybug; 08-31-2005 at 02:38 AM.
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I loved Kulik's Baseball Cap program, unfortunately Kulik never quite mastered it. I think the Baseball cap kept getting away on him. Anyway the choreography is brilliant.
Originally Posted by ladybug
Kwan fans might not like to hear my answer - so if you are thinking she only does good and everyone else is at fault, stop reading here.
Originally Posted by ladybug
My opinion on choreographing. For amateurs. It's not a thing done alone by the choreographer in an ivory tower. Of course s/he has to stay in touch with coach and skater to know what the skills are, which jumps are possible, how far into the program (depending on the stamina of the skater), which spins and so on. So, the basic element setup is surely not only done by the choreographer.
Where the choreographer CAN play a big role are the MITF, the transitions and everything that is judged in the categories choreography and interpretation. And I think there is not much dispute that Dean's choreos excel in this department.
The only mention I found of Kwan about Dean's choreo in Bolero (besides the basic info he did it) was just after one of the cheesefests when she fell in the step sequence. She said the steps were too hard.
So I think it's just her abilities and skills. If overall or just last season is not my job to decide. But at least last season it was too much for her to execute decent jumps, decent spins and then having to bother with steps in between. So she obviously threw out everything that "distracts" her. Which left us spectators with an empty program. And I crinch everytime I read this (end product) would be a Dean program.
I believe that although Ilia did not succeed in World Pro with that programme, he though mastered it on SOI 1999-2000 tour (I saw it live twice). I really love that programme!!! The only "negative" thing was that it turned out introverted, was not connected with the audience. If Dean and Ilia would have used a different approach here and there, it would have turned out a huge masterpiece, in my opinion.
Originally Posted by Ladskater
Keeper of La Khok's Tutus
Thanks for all the responses...
Guess I'll have to dig around for some of Dean's pro programs!