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    Thumbs up Young Artists Showcase (YAS3) Choreography Challenge Videos

    Note: jenaj just posted a thread titled "YAS-Bebe's Firebird" so I thought I'd start a thread for the competition itself!

    "Mission: The Young Artists Showcase will foster and encourage young ice skating choreographers by giving them experience through a series of challenges and guidance from an expert panel of Artists, Skaters, and Choreographers."

    The 8 current competitors are (listed alphabetically):
    Mirielle Chambers
    Mark Hanretty
    Katherine Hill
    Garrett Kling
    Bebe Liang
    Robert Mauti
    Amy Nunn
    Sean Rabbitt

    The 2nd round of videos are all up and online voting is open: http://youngartistsshowcase.net/

    YAS is the brainchild of coach Audrey Weisiger.

    ETA all the videos from Challenge #1 - "Word":
    Mirielle Chambers (skated by her): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKJiS9G8W2Q
    Mark Hanretty (skated by him): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6SP3OiIK9g
    Katherine Hill (skated by her): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbOWW_R6pck
    Garrett Kling (skated by Jason Brown): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9PkQ4wymy4
    Bebe Liang (skated by her): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzx8Fq1wiDY
    Robert Mauti (skated by him): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adkbvdclxac
    Amy Nunn (skated by her): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtvwTQDfelI
    Sean Rabbitt (skated by him): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr74g-x5QJk

    "YAS Chat with Challenge 1 winner Mark Hanretty": http://www.examiner.com/article/yas-...-mark-hanretty

    ETA all the videos from Challenge #2 - "Tribute to the Masters":
    Mirielle Chambers (Mark Ballas): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv6MtJK382g
    Mark Hanretty (The Rambert Dance Company): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfvvh2cGPr8
    Katherine Hill (Ohad Naharin): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyWvMiFqmpk
    Garrett Kling (Jiri Kylian): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Al6ludhmyE
    Bebe Liang (George Balanchine): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBhusabzV1k
    Robert Mauti (Alvin Ailey): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLefuG8LQC4
    Amy Nunn (Travis Wall): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm1wwzi7nDE
    Sean Rabbitt (Jack Cole): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNYbmOmnB7A
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    Wow! Thank you Syvia. This should be an Olympic event.

    Here's what's fun. Try to guess the word they are doing before it is revealed at the end. I got Bebe Liang's (obvious ) and Robert Mauti's. I came close with Garrett Kling (I guessed Daybreak or Youth). I was furthest off with Katherine Hill. I though it was First Love.

    My favorite was Sean Rabbitt. Great match between the choreography and the music. Garrett Hill had an advantage in the expressive skills of Jason Brown.

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    OK, everybody click here

    http://youngartistsshowcase.net/

    and vote for Mark Hanratti's Bolero performed by Wesley Campbell in the style of Alvin Ailey! I can't believe he only has four votes so far.

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    This is a wonderful concept for these young choreographers. I only guessed one and it was Mark Hanretty which was my favorite.
    I also like Sean Rabbitt and Garrett Kling's interpretation. I thought that the flow and movement across the ice went very well with the music.

    I only watched Bebe's video so far in the 2nd round. I was impressed very well done.

    Thanks for posting Sylvia!

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    Wow, this is marvelous!

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    They should put this on TV in a Dancing With The Stars format.

    If they did, I bet a lot of top skaters would be lining up to work with the choreographers and be on TV.

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    OMG Bebe skated to Doctor Who!!!! My dream of seeing a known skater skate to 'Doomsday' has been fulfilled!!! :D

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    What an excellent idea for a competition!

    My favourite was Garrett Kling's 'Springtime,' but all these young choreographers did very well.

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    You guys are good. I could only guess Mark's word. But I suppose he had the easiest one too

    My favorite one was Robert Mauti's caffeinated performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    They should put this on TV in a Dancing With The Stars format.

    If they did, I bet a lot of top skaters would be lining up to work with the choreographers and be on TV.
    That would be great. We can dream, can't we?

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    This was deliriously fun and interesting! Here are my guesses and critiques:

    Bebe Liang: The jig was up in the first 3 seconds, literally. Heck, the music alone would've tipped it off. There's some interesting movement. But it's hobbled by the really bland music. And miming the ticking of a clock with one's arms is a huge, gigantic cliché.

    Mirielle Chambers: I was guessing... awkward date? But that's two words, how about just awkward, then. Although that seemed likely unintentional. Really awful imitation/demolition of the tango style. I stopped watching halfway through. I'm amazed the word was tension.

    Amy Nunn: Now the music to this one actually seems like tension. But halfway through, I found myself drifting away and totally losing interest. The word that kept coming to mind is boredom. The word is actually search, but she's lost my interest and she didn't find it.

    Katherine Hill: I was thinking joy or greeting. But then came the awkward interruptions. So I was thinking, disappointment? Or heck, the word interruption? But no, the word is actually stifled. Since she spent most of her performance smiling and moving with radiant joy, she rather contradicts the instructions of the challenge:
    A solo that is built around one word and what that word means to you, makes you feel when you hear it, how you might use it in a sentence and what you think that word moves like.
    Robert Mauti: I was guessing energy! Pumped! Exclamation mark! It's a fun enough performance, but the style, the music were all over the place even if the basic idea of caffeinated came through. There's nothing too original in the mish mash of movement either.

    Garrett Kling: I actually got the word springtime by the end of the performance, because Appalachian Spring kept coming to mind. I'm not normally a fan of attempting literal hoedown moves on the ice, but this piece had so many wonderful and interesting shapes and movement. An inspired piece through and through.

    Sean Rabbitt: I got the word lost immediately, because he pretty much mimed it exactly at the start. Once the skating started, however, I revised my guess to something like... exploring? Wandering? By the end of it I had settled on the word wanderlust. But no, it was still just plain ol' lost. What's lost here is the opportunity for a piece that's deeper and more original.

    Mark Hanretty: I got the word passion right away. Mark is a wonderful performer and all. However, I found both the choice of the word, the tango music and the tango miming to be incredibly banal and obvious. There's nothing surprising here, except for the roll on the ice and the split. Halfway through, it read less as passion and more as a rote simulacrum of it. So I can't say I'm impressed with Mark as a choreographer.

    Conclusion:

    To me, Garrett Kling should be the obvious winner, but the vote tally tells another story. I thought Liang and Hill showed lots of promise, too.

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    Last edited by Sylvia; 05-19-2012 at 11:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serious Business View Post
    To me, Garrett Kling should be the obvious winner, but the vote tally tells another story. I thought Liang and Hill showed lots of promise, too.
    I felt like Garrett Kling had a big advantage because of Jason Brown.

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    Bebe is so cute! I liked the blooper reel.

    Mirielle Chambers! So, did you girls enjoy doing this? "Not really." "Whatever."

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    OK, forget all that. Robert Mauti crushed the field!

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