From David's website:
This season he worked with 2005 World junior champion Nobunari Oda and choreographed both programs for Miki Ando. "The first day I met Miki, she said, 'I have something to show you.'Then she went onto the ice and performed the opening moves from Joannie's 'Firebird' program. She told me she fell in love with that program. She said, 'I want to be like that - I want to express myself.
Ando will skate to "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" by Ryuichi Sakamoto for her short. It is soft and subtle but chock-full of emotion,"Wilson said. The music for her long program is a violin arrangement of "My Funny Valentine."
"At first, her coach (Carol Heiss Jenkins) and the Japanese Federation were not sure about it, but Miki wanted a piece where she could find herself and be different from everyone else,"Wilson said. "This piece could do that for her. It does in practice. She loves both her programs, particularly the short, because it is so much fun."
Heiss Jenkins had the opportunity to watch Wilson in action last summer when she brought Ando to Canada to have the skater's programs refined. "When Miki showed us the short program David had choreographed for her, we just loved it," Heiss Jenkins said. "David is not only incredibly talented but he exudes this personal warmth. I just love his enthusiasm and creativity.
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BTW Miki's exhibition programs "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk" "Roquiem(EX veersion)" "Aranjuez Mon Amour" "Why do People Fall in Love" are all done by Morozov with modifications by Miki.
Have you watched these four?
Last edited by sorcerer; 11-21-2010 at 01:25 PM.
And I am very disappointed with the fact that she could not fix her lutz. I was really excited about it because she announced it really loudly in summer.
I've always really liked Miki's Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence SP, it really shows a softer, more expressive side of Miki that we don't see much in her competitive programs. Plus, I loved how it opened with a spin!
I'm glad to see Miki herself enjoyed the SP, and I hope she goes back to David Wilson for at least one more program before she retires.
Once again since no one responded the first time - was anyone impressed by the sit spin variation she's doing this season with the leg straight out to the side? Has anyone else done that one? You can't call it a broken leg sit spin since the leg is straight.
I really liked the Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence program and I thought it was so sad that she was not able to do it to its full potential when it came time for the Olympics. And I think for hte last few years, she's been clearly focus on being so technically proficient and consistent, but she lost some of that artistic spark over the years.