Regarding Anna P, she recently did an exhibition to the piece, there are at least 2 versions of that on YouTube:
I'm impressed with those skates, Anna is showing more emotion than I have associated with her in the past. Hope that bodes well for her competitive version!
I don't think anyone has skated to Blackberry smoke before.
Now confirmed :
Max Aaron is working on choreography with Mark Pillay in British Columbia.
A new message today on the home page of http://skatecoquitlam.com/:
"Welcome to our Guests!
You might notice some new skaters around the rink over the next few weeks. We have Max Aaron 2013 U.S. National Champion skating at our rink, working on choreography with Mark Pillay, as well as 14 skaters from Korea taking lessons from a number of our club coaches. This is Max's first time to the Coquitlam Skating Club. The Korean skaters love Canada and the Coquitlam Skating Club and have been training at our club for over 8 years. It is interesting to see the different training methods and we are sure that our skaters will find it motivating to train with them. Lets make them feel welcome at the Coquitlam Skating Club!"
Group photo of Max on the ice with the B.C. gang. I think Pillay is to Max's right.
Pillay has been the choreographer for Dornbush, Firus, and Sandhu, among others.
Also for Moore-Towers/Moscovitch. Moore-Towers' recent tweets hint that her new partner and she also will be working with Pillay.
One of the first things I found when did a bit of googling about Pillay was that he has a reputation for using unusual music. Max + unusual music = perfect combination!
And Pillay does not completely shun classic stuff. Examples from the past season: Dornbush skated to the Beatles, and Pillay programs for other skaters included James Bond; Les Mis; and Rhapsody in Blue.
Just hope that the new collaboration btwn Max and Pillay brings out the best yet from both, no matter what music they choose.
Yuzuru needs to skate to LOTR at least once.