Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Shibutanis make move to the big leagues

  1. #1
    Keepin' it real gsk8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    3,095

    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.
    More

  2. #2
    Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program Tinymavy15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    LA
    Posts
    4,990
    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.

  3. #3
    Wicked Yankee Girl dorispulaski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Staring at the ocean and smiling.
    Posts
    16,737
    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.
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 06-20-2010 at 12:37 PM.

  4. #4
    Always supporting skaters :) 100yen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    575
    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.

  5. #5
    Wicked Yankee Girl dorispulaski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Staring at the ocean and smiling.
    Posts
    16,737
    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

  6. #6
    Custom Title
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    883
    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!!

  7. #7
    Custom Title
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    392
    Such a cute picture of them. They are just too cute!!!!

    However, don't you think it will be difficult for Igor and Marina to train (at least) three top teams now that it looks like Tessa and Scott are staying on?

  8. #8
    Custom Title
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    2,429
    Shpilband/Zueva currently have 5 dance teams assigned to the Senior Grand Prix series:
    Virtue/Moir: Skate Canada & TEB in France
    Davis/White: NHK & Skate America
    Samuelson/Bates: NHK & TEB
    Chock/Zuerlein: Skate Canada & TEB
    Shibutani/Shibutani: NHK & Skate America

  9. #9
    Custom Title chapis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    México
    Posts
    956
    wow, I really don´t like dance, but their cinema paradise program is sooooo beautiful, they don´t need jump for looks awsome, new fan here, definitly. And they are so young, I can´t wait for they will be older.

  10. #10
    Custom Title
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    2,429

    Re: Shibutanis' music

    An article published today on Icenetwork reveals the Shibutanis' program music choices for the new season.
    ... "Carousel Waltz" from Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel for their short dance. For their free dance, the duo and choreographer Marina Zoueva have chosen Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" and Irving Berlin's "Let's Face the Music and Dance," both performed by Nat King Cole.

  11. #11
    Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program Tinymavy15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    LA
    Posts
    4,990

    Re: Shibutanis' music

    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    An article published today on Icenetwork reveals the Shibutanis' program music choices for the new season.
    I am
    on the fence over the FD choices. Caroseul is a great waltz if that is the requires melody for the season. I of course love "Smile." But it is no longer "fresh" and paired with "face the music" I fear that the program will take on too much of a musical/ broadway feel. not that there is anything wrong with that, but I think Maia and Alex are capable of handling very mature, elegant programs (cinema paridoso) and that such qualities should be stressed.

  12. #12
    Custom Title MFarone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    406

    Re: Shibutanis' music

    I really like them! Last couple of years at Nationals I've watched a lot of the Junior Dance and this team is really enjoyable to watch. Wish them well for their senior debut.

  13. #13
    Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Boston
    Posts
    1,187

    Re: Shibutanis' music

    I have been waiting for this couple's senior debut since I first saw them as baby juveniles at the Boston Open years ago. They didn't train at SCB but somehow everyone seemed to know about them, it was the oddest thing. They literally blew the roof off the place. It was one of those totally electric and adorable "star is born" moments. Reminded me of when I saw Naomi NariNam at her first senior nationals. You just knew. Nat King Cole and lyrics will be quite a change for them. I think "Smile" will be so fitting as I know I'll be doing just that if I can make it to Skate America to watch them.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •