…6th of June
Katsalapov: The first season will be difficult for our couple – judges and audience have to “as it is proper“ get used to us
…Nikita took part in army duty and he is released as well (like other skaters some week ago – Soloviev, Zhiganshin, Khaliavin, Rogonov, Maisuradze). Nikita spend 10 days in Moscow, on Sunday he travels back to Detroit.
How quickly did you find understanding with each other (Vika)?
Nikita: In reality it is possible getting used to each whole life. And to look for something new for whole time. We are the sportsmen of top class and personally I went throught many coaches, different approaches / training systems. Now I totally approach to a practise in different way, more profesionally, more thoughtfully in every movement. First I felt a lot of satisfaction / joy in duet with Vika. We really get used to each other in skating (got synchro) very fast.
Did you already started to create programs?
N: We already work on short dance. Everybody knows that it would be paso doble. And we didn’t start with free dance yet. We are listening to a different music, we choose a direction in which it would be the most interesting to work in and progress in. Just we are going to be interested in this more productively when I arrive in US. It is time to define this.
Is there any direction which you tend towards more?
N: Of course. They are plenty directions and there is a problem. The main thing is to take all under our new couple, new image, our style. Because the first season will be difficult enough – we have a new couple. Judges and audience have to get used to us. Because of it we will take care of it a lot. Mainly it touches judges. Once I did such step, I have to make everything much better.
How much the style will change with new partner?
N: Overall I think that it is possible to work on certain style of every human one. Try to change something. I heard from many people, even from idols, that own style it is that which comes from inside. So with Vika it will go from inside – and it will be our style. That is why I can’t answer to this question yet.
Who will choreographed our programs?
N: Our coach – Marina Zueva. But she will not be the only one. Many different specialists and invited people who only come to my team will help with working, to bring different things. It will be Oleg Epstein and many many other people. One Marina – she will not have cloud over her eyes, a different people from our team will have an opportunity to look from different sides what is better, what is worse. And it is big plus.
Are you going to take part in process of making programs or do you believe to professionals?
N: I am a fan of skater who himself suggest something, then a process goes faster. Whereas many coaches loves it. Yes and I like myself to think and to work on programs with a team, anyway I learn from it. Because of it with Vika we will take part in making programs for sure.
So Oleg Epstein is still there. There was a talk about he didn't like Sinistina's skating skills but some peoples said this rumour is not true because he already left Zoueva.
Olympic champion Nikita Katsalapov said in an interview with "Soviet Sport", that he did not want to go back to the topic of his separation with Elena Il'inykh.
- I made a decision. And he was right, I will argue the case. Let the past remain in the past. I do not think it's worth a lot to say, - said the Olympic champion.
Today Nikita Katsalapov discharged from the army, ending his service in Balashikha sportrote. June 9 in Detroit with his new coach Marina Zueva and partner Victoria Sinitsina Katsalapov starts productions any program.
Well Nikita had his chance to be classy but he's not about to take it. So that said I/Z all the way!!
PS. Take it on the chin Len and Rus and pour everything into great performances.
…6th of June
Marina Zueva: I am simply proud of working with such couple like Sinitsina & Katsalapov
She took S&K because of their enormous wish. She is asked very often how is she keeping her motivation throught years, her wish to look for something new, isn’t she tired? She doesn’t know how to answer. She says it is their student’s fault, they create a fire in her. She repeats that Nikita put his prize money into trainings, it speak a lot about him. It is incredibly interesting to work with them. Both Vika and Nikita took all coaches attention, not only Marina’s attention, time runs so fast at practise with Vika and Nikita.
Marina takes care about them. In the beginning Nikita and Victoria lived in a hotel, now they have an apartment. Nikita speaks English very well, not only speaks, but writes and reades liberally. And Victoria learns a language. She is so light, friendly, open girl, that there are many people who willingly help her in Detroit and Vika improves every day. Vika and Nikita stays at practise all the time, everybody leaves but they are on the ice and they don’t want to leave for a long time then…
Marina believes and thinks that Vika and Nikita will get on V&M and D&W‘s level, that is what they work on.
The journalist says that Nikita is called the most talented male dancer on the world.
Marina agrees and says that he has a musical gift. Nikita is so deep and feel music so thinly, so he is able to give his feeling throught his movement so exactly…She says that it is so rarely seen even in case of great dancers. Rare gift.
Marina says that a passion and expression is in short dance, mainly in step sequence. Flamenco is not possible without a passion. And in gala program it was important for her to see how much Nikita and Vika are able to show a relationship of man and woman in details and nuances. They already have an idea of free dance, but she will not open this yet.
Marina says that she is not behind Nikita’s new image. She thinks that such changes shows the inside feelings. That it speaks about his feelings being strong, like spar, that he feels a responsibility for Vika, for his leading role, the role of leader. The man who you can trust fully.
Nikita who skates out of the rhythm for about one quarter of free dance is the best dancer? Nikita whose head forward make his body position look inelegant? Nikita who skated “a man in love with Lena“ style for last three seasons only despite totally different stories and characters he had in programs? I agree that he is one of three best technical male dancers now (with Scott out), from those three he is making the bigger number of mistakes in programs, but his skating skills are indeed great regardless. But rhythm and variability, those are his weaknesses. Hopefully big number of specialists will improve his head position and hopefully somebody will also correct rhythm and low variety issues. But if he is the best male dancer on the world….then we are far from dancing for miles.
If he is the greatest ice dancer that we have now, why aren't he and Lena the current World Champions? This is the biggest joke ever, unless he purposely thwarted twizzles.
Marina is so desperate to be on top of the podium this year you can smell it. So W/P, B/S and C/L are all just going to roll over and play dead along with I/Z? Not to mention H/B, H/D, S/S, C/B and G/P? Please people I am begging you she HAS got to eat crow and lots of it this year, PLEASE!!
And some of his ideas are absolutely wrong – in this part there is Nikita’s fully misunderstanding of what those people and experts wanted to say him.
Nikita: Overall I think that it is possible to work on certain style of every human one. Try to change something. I heard from many people, even from idols, that own style it is that which comes from inside. So with Vika it will go from inside – and it will be our style. That is why I can’t answer to this question yet.
Dancing style can be dramatic or romantic or passionate or crazy etc. Every couple has some image – with help of looking, make-up, hair style, costumes and skating. But in Ice Dancing the best image and style as to dancing is a variability. A couple who can dance romantic things only and nothing else – those are not great dancers and it is even boring. What Nikita probably changed in his brain is the “style of skating“ and “HOW a dancer should dance“. The style of skating can be wild, open, large cross overs, long lines and arcs, big movements against fast short cross overs, hoops and little jumps, small arcs etc., even deep or narrow edges can be described like a part of description of a style of dance couple.
What must come from inside….it is a movement which must be done with your whole body and whole mind into that movement, like it would be the last movement in your life. Your style is NOT defined by your inside world – character – if your are calm, introvert and reasonable, it would mean that you can skate only music and characters which are calm, introvert and reasonable like you are. No. Being great dancer means that you can dance anything even music or characters which are very far from your own personality….but you must live with every movement and that is what comes from inside.
Personally I am quite disappointed that until this time Nikita was not able to understand it. Many people tried to learn him this especially last season. Many times.
I feel Nikita would be better served if he gave less interviews and worked more on himself. Because in all of this he's coming across sadly as sort of self-centered and a bit immature or unaware. Sort of sad really, you get the impression that Lena was the brains behind the two
Trust is paramount for sure in a partnership. And just saying though, if it were me, I wouldn't completely trust Nikita. Although we don't know exactly what happened, the bottom line is that Nikita was not entirely transparent with Elena about his intentions for the future and their partnership. It caught Elena by surprise it seems from the interviews and they had a completely different perception of what they thought was the plan for the future. And a leopard doesn't change its spots so to speak even if you place it in a different environment.