Ice dancing legend Christopher Dean only choreographs for a few teams each season. He recently spent two weeks working with Korean dance team Yura Min and Tim Koleto on a new free dance, which they plan to debut at the U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City in September.
Koleto told us he wanted to work with Dean, particularly because of his work with Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier.
"We always loved Piper and Paul's programs," he said. "We thought they were interesting and intricate. Paso [Doble] (the 2014-15 short dance rhythm) was going to be so intense; it has a strong, aggressive character. We wanted to do the polar opposite of that for the free dance."
Dean, Koleto and Min chose music from the movie The Triplets of Belleville, along with Caravan Palace's "Suzy."
"I love it," Min said. "It's a lot different from what people usually choose. I feel like we chose really good music that fits our style; it's quirky and cute and fun."
"You can throw sophisticated in there too," Koleto added. "It's very surreal."
The team's coach, Igor Shpilband, choreographed their short dance to "Malaguena" and "Fiesta Flamenca" by Monty Kelly.