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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    I think the intention was to have some fun positive threads in the main Edge forum, but the plan is to move it back when it is no longer on the top page of the Edge.
    Okay! Sounds good.

    - I really wish someone would post videos, I'm super excited to see their programs! (And a few other jr. and sr. teams at LP.)

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    Sorry for the confusion. The Fan Fest forum is a place where people generally go to discuss their favorite and more well-known skaters. That doesn't mean that said skater(s) have to be well-known to be in the Fan Fest, but we'd like to see the new and "up-and-comers" in the Edge. We plan to move the thread (and similar ones) to Fan Fest at a later date

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    Their free dance was lovely, i thought. a small bobble from Kaitlin and their straight lift was just a little off, but I thought they did very well for their first senior showing. Personally, I quite enjoyed the music and think it's a good choice for them. They haven't quite captured the characters yet, but it's only August, so I'm not too worried about that. I think they'll have a pretty great first year if they keep steadily improving

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    Well you want positive...I love them. Especially him. If we tend to divide the North American teams up into the Gene Kelly/Fred Astaire columns, these guys are definitely under the Fred Astaire banner. He's got that effortless, elegant ease of Astaire. Kelly, for all his abundant talents, didn't have it--you could always feel the work. Their Amerlie program had speed, but it was speed with ease. And she has improved exponentially since they started their partnership.

    Two worries about them: lifts (yes, the cantilever lift is wonderful--I thought even better than Voir's--but they've already used it in two programs. Given the lack of major size differential between them, they may run into the same issues Voir had with lifts (most of Voir's lifts the last 3 years they were competing seemed to depend on Tessa's momentum from jumping into the lift). And can they do Latin dances with the same speed and ease as well? In other words, I have yet to see a great deal of range from them. But in terms of ballroom, I think they may be the purest American ballroom-style skaters the US has ever had.

    I'm a little disappointed in their choice of FD music this year. R&J? Oh dear. They just did a softly romantic piece. Why go that route again, particularly when they are debuting on the senior level? First impressions count. But I haven't seen the program yet, so maybe I'm worrying for nothing.

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    Well, I went ahead and watched from the archives because I don't think we're going to be getting YT (free) videos from this event...at least not anytime soon. I really like both of their programs! There are definitely some areas to work on, but overall I think that they're really nice programs for them. I can't wait to see how they grow from and into these programs because I think that they will as the season progresses.

    SD: I noticed their edges being nice as I was watching. Kaitlin's expression is really on-point! (They both did well expression-wise - from what I can tell bc it's not HQ.) I think that Jean-Luc will grow as the season progresses on this one. He shows Kaitlin so well, but this program pushes him to being more shown himself (sorry idk how to word what I'm wanting to exactly). And dorispulaski was right - definitely the best SD at LP.

    FD: I really like this FD! The music choices were nice imo with highs and lows; and overall the cuts flowed well. I was excited but a little apprehensive at a R+J program, but it was good. They had some bobbles (as people have mentioned previously), but overall the choreo and style of the program is a nice fit for them. I think that by the end of the season, they will really own their characterizations and this program. And I think that it will be a good program coming into seniors - it keeps a little innocence but still has drama to it. There are parts of it that remind me of their Amelie.

    WeakAnkles I have to say their lifts are pretty much the same from last year. They really do do those lifts well, but I agree - I'd like to see more range. This was a first showing and it's only August, so there are things that I think they'll probably end up tweaking. I'm wondering if they might change to a different lift at one point in their program than what they currently have, but I guess we'll see.

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    I thought their first lift in the SD looked like a placeholder; it didn't work with the music. I think we might be seeing some different lifts as the season progresses

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwren View Post
    I thought their first lift in the SD looked like a placeholder; it didn't work with the music. I think we might be seeing some different lifts as the season progresses
    I agree!

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    Where did you watch videos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elif View Post
    Where did you watch videos?
    The events were streamed live from this website: http://productionseastmedia.sidearms...watch/?Live=22.
    - You can pay for a pass to view all of the events archived from this competition. So far I haven't been able to find any videos of them on youtube.

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    Please tell me they are not skating to Carmen for the SD. I think a paso doble is just the ticket to force JLB to the fore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeakAnkles View Post
    Please tell me they are not skating to Carmen for the SD. I think a paso doble is just the ticket to force JLB to the fore.
    Nope, not Carmen. I didn't recognize the music, but it sounded like the typical paso fare. nothing too exciting. And I agree, I think we'll see JLB start to present himself with more intensity as the season progresses and they get comfortable with the program. Definitely a lot of potential there.

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    Just wanted to update that these two will be at Nebelhorn!

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    I've been watching Jean-Luc since he was doing preliminary dances (I used to skate in the Seattle area), and I've been saying for a long time that he and his partner (whoever she was at the time- too bad his previous partner's back couldn't hold up but yay for Katelyn) would be ones to watch! It's exciting to see them step onto the senior stage.

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