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    Keepin' it real gsk8's Avatar
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    News Shibutanis make move to the big leagues

    USA's Maia and Alex Shibutani are another budding brother-and-sister team that are on the cusp of breaking into the top echelon of elite figure skating.
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    Nice article. these two have star quality and I can't wait to see them face the seniors on the GP series. I assume they will also do senior nationals and do junior worlds again if they qualify.

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    I was interested to see their take on Jr. Worlds, especially. I've been following them since they were at Jr. Nationals years ago!

    And that they were working on the short dance already.

    The biggest challenge that Maia and Alex will face as senior level skaters will be adapting to a change that all teams will face in the way that they compete. Last week at the bi-annual ISU Congress in Barcelona, Spain, it was decided that the Compulsory Dance and the Original Dance would no longer be separate parts of competition for ice dancers. Instead, teams will be required to perform a new short dance that is somewhat of a combination of the two. For this season, the dance will be the Golden Waltz, and the Shibutanis are well on their way to preparing for this change.
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    It's going to be a really exciting season!! Their programs are always really beautiful and well-thought-out so I can't wait to see what they'll so next.

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    Wicked Yankee Girl dorispulaski's Avatar
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    Just for those who don't know the Shibutanis, here's some videos of them:

    2005/2006 Jr Nationals FD Juveniles
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAlQ...eature=related

    2006/2007 FD Memoirs of a Geisha Novice US
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mcxhn...eature=related

    2007/2008 OD Japanese folk music to French cinema scores US Jrs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfKdH5q7tKQ

    2007/2008 FD Sakura Variations (Heartbeat) US Jrs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzIR0...eature=related

    2008/2009 OD Swing Dances by Paul Englishby Jr Worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q6v2APckIM

    2008/2009 FD Cinema Paradiso Jr Worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1ONEuW7RxE

    2009/2010 OD Kodo Drums (Japanese Folk) JGPF
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhL8O...eature=related

    2009/2010 FD Tango Jr Worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lBDN...eature=related

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    They are such a lovely, young pair! I love their Cinema Paradiso program--it is one of the most beautiful ice dance programs I've ever seen!!

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