Nam Nguyen new GS article! http://www.goldenskate.com/2014/07/nam-nguyen/
Grant Hochstein per FSO: http://figureskatersonline.com/grant...-july-11-2014/The 16-year-old will be debuting two new programs this year. For the short, he will be skating to Nina Simone’s Sinnerman, choreographed by Jeff Buttle, and Nina Rota’s La Strada for the long, choreographed by David Wilson.
As for my programs, I am very excited to announce them to you here. My short program is to “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, choreographed by Karen Kwan-Oppegard. My long program is from “Don Quixote” by Ludwig Minkus, choreographed by Peter Oppegard. The short program music was actually chosen by Karen. We played around with a couple of ideas, trying to move into different directions, possibly, before we decided on this piece. It’s a very large, strong, and bold piece of music and I’ve never really done anything like this. Usually, my music is more romantic and reserved, so this is pushing me into another facet of my skating. I was the one who chose the music for the long. I haven’t done a really ballet since my final Junior International season, with “Sleeping Beauty” and “Romeo and Juliet” by Tchaikovsky (unless you count “Spartacus” the next season, but I don’t regard that as “classic”). It’s something that I think I’m good at and is natural for me (can I say this without sounding cocky?). Peter has never choreographed an entire program by himself for me and I was truly impressed by his artistic genius. Nothing goes unnoticed by him. Every detail was choreographed in a way that I’ve never experienced before. Having him choreograph for me was extremely rewarding. I really can’t wait for you guys to see these programs!