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    Quote Originally Posted by tulosai View Post
    I do worry for them a bit next year, but I think their focus simply has to be on creating the best programs they can and trying to rise in the ranks internationally. I'm not sure it is realistic to think they will be able to pass H/D next year at this point but they should be able to start finishing higher in international competitions and hitting their levels consistently. I do think this isn't really the time to try to stretch themselves as they did this year with the super balletic SD and they should try for programs that showcase their strengths.
    I agree that Kaitlin and Jean-Luc need to establish their style and reinforce their technique before worrying about stretching into areas for which they are not well suited. A lift coach is needed, too. I do worry that they will battle for 4th place nationally. But the Shibs should provide enormous motivation. Although they had second place in the US for the last couple years they were struggling internationally. Now look at the Shibs - World silver medalists! Ranking can change and momentum can shift. Hang in the Kaitlin and Jean-Luc! Work on your weaknesses and find 2 vehicles that accentuate your many strengths, I'm a BIG fan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slider11 View Post
    I agree that Kaitlin and Jean-Luc need to establish their style and reinforce their technique before worrying about stretching into areas for which they are not well suited. A lift coach is needed, too. I do worry that they will battle for 4th place nationally. But the Shibs should provide enormous motivation. Although they had second place in the US for the last couple years they were struggling internationally. Now look at the Shibs - World silver medalists! Ranking can change and momentum can shift. Hang in the Kaitlin and Jean-Luc! Work on your weaknesses and find 2 vehicles that accentuate your many strengths, I'm a BIG fan!
    I agree a lift specialist wouldn't hurt anything but I actually think that given their incredibly small size difference (both in height and honestly also in terms of their build) they generally manage the lifts well. I am not sure it's realistic to expect with such a small size difference that the majority of their lifts are ever going to be able to have that OMG WOW factor some of the top teams lifts do, but I don't think it's unreasonable to expect pretty, smooth lifts that they can execute consistently. I did feel their 'new lifts' last season never really quite gelled 100% but honestly they may be a team who can only incorporate one new lift a season and needs lots and lots of practice on new lifts before they are 100% gelled due to the size difference. Maybe they should basically do what Meryl and Charlie did with their Scheherazade lifts and begin working on new lifts 2 seasons before they actually plan to incorporate the lift into a program and slowly but steadily build the reliability and wow factor of their lifts that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulosai View Post
    I agree a lift specialist wouldn't hurt anything but I actually think that given their incredibly small size difference (both in height and honestly also in terms of their build) they generally manage the lifts well. I am not sure it's realistic to expect with such a small size difference that the majority of their lifts are ever going to be able to have that OMG WOW factor some of the top teams lifts do, but I don't think it's unreasonable to expect pretty, smooth lifts that they can execute consistently.
    Guignard/Fabbri is another team with even smaller size difference than H/B. She looks so big next to him and I was shocked to discover that she's only 157cm. As much as I'm ambivalent about Hiphop, I think H/B can pull off a good one, judging by Kaitlin's recent hiphop video with Yura Min and Olivia Smart. After watching H/B's Romeo and Juliet, I thought they were polished enough to move up the senior ranks, but the Nutcracker SP laid bare all the weaknesses in them that I hadn't noticed . Kaitlin even admitted that Krylova had a more rigorous ballet background than them so some parts of the initial choreography had to be adjusted because she made it too difficult for them. I know zits about dance techniques but I think their biggest mistake last season is to package themselves as a balletic, ethereal team. I believe they can be intense, lyrical, quirky but elegance-wise they're not up there yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thoakun View Post
    Guignard/Fabbri is another team with even smaller size difference than H/B. She looks so big next to him and I was shocked to discover that she's only 157cm. As much as I'm ambivalent about Hiphop, I think H/B can pull off a good one, judging by Kaitlin's recent hiphop video with Yura Min and Olivia Smart. After watching H/B's Romeo and Juliet, I thought they were polished enough to move up the senior ranks, but the Nutcracker SP laid bare all the weaknesses in them that I hadn't noticed . Kaitlin even admitted that Krylova had a more rigorous ballet background than them so some parts of the initial choreography had to be adjusted because she made it too difficult for them. I know zits about dance techniques but I think their biggest mistake last season is to package themselves as a balletic, ethereal team. I believe they can be intense, lyrical, quirky but elegance-wise they're not up there yet.
    Yes, I certainly didn't mean to imply a team with a small size difference can't be successful and in fact in some ways I actually think it's an advantage- much easier to have matching lines, similar knee bend, and many (though not all) holds are also easier to execute. I agree with you about the SP issues last year, and I guess we'll just have to wait and see what this year holds.

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    Kaitlyn Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker gofundme

    https://www.gofundme.com/hawayek-baker

    Kaitlyn put up a link to the team\'s GoFundMe for 2016-17 on Instagram.
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 04-28-2016 at 01:48 PM. Reason: Kaitlyn Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker gofundme

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    I added a number of things to Kaitlyn & Jean-Luc's OP. Have a look?

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    New FD: https://youtu.be/ebpBRPC7gTs

    I love it already!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Layback11 View Post
    New FD: https://youtu.be/ebpBRPC7gTs

    I love it already!
    Lovely!

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    Yes, this is good! I love the lyrical, classical approach. This is their strength. This might stand out in a good way as I'm noticing that many teams are using a more modern take to both their SD and FD. You need it due to the requirements in the SD but Hawayek/Baker's homage to classical in the FD might be a welcome relief to audiences and judges alike!

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    Beautiful! This is a gorgeous FD for them, I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Layback11 View Post
    New FD: https://youtu.be/ebpBRPC7gTs

    I love it already!
    As soon as I saw the post, I had a sense of deja vu that I definitely saw this program and I felt I said this is going to be my another favorite, Lieberstraum this season...I didn't realize that the post was made more than 1 month ago. I might've left such opinion somewhere on GS. The program is indeed lovely.

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    Kaitlin and Jean-Luc just debuted their SD at the Autumn Classic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L038L4HnQtI

    I wouldn't have expected it, because they're not a team that screams hip hop, but I thought this program at least fit them better than their waltz last year. Still room for improved in terms of speed overall and sharpness in the hip hop section. But in those costumes, they look goooood.

    They're sitting in third with 62.70 points, their highest international score since going senior. (Worth noting that ice dance scores have been high across the board so far this season.)

    Good luck in the FD on Saturday!

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    I have to admit i was very nervous when I heard they would incorporate Flo Rida in their SD, but I was pleasantly surprised I'm looking forward to see this program grow as the season goes on

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    I love their SD a lot. Jean-Luc's versatility was more than impressive. Why I didn't notice his such instinctive dancing abilities earlier. Throughout the routine, my eyes constantly followed his movements. Kaitlin needs to relax herself and to indulge the rhythm, but it is only early of the season, so they of course what they should do or not. I hope they make a breakthrough this season.
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    This still isn't a perfect fit for them in my opinion, but it's worlds better than last year and I do believe they can and will still improve it! Well done

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