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    Quote Originally Posted by Skate Sandee
    I've gotten into many local MA rinks to watch "private" elite sessions. It's how I used to watch Ilia Kulik back when he skated in Marlborough, MA! (Those were the days).
    Oh yeah, those were the days as Ilia was still eligible skater... Could you perhaps share something about those Ilia Kulik practices, please?

    BTW, have you had the possibility to visit the Newington rink, CT, where Ilia is now?

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    SkateSandee, I'm just leery when it comes to Kwan rumors. There are people out there who take pride in starting some just to see a thread count. But if this Brenda turns out to be the real deal, I'd be in line to apologize for doubting her.

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    Lion King would not be my 1st choice for a Broadway show. The staging is excellent, but I personally haven't particularly enjoyed any of the Disney Broadway productions (i.e. TLK, Aida - haven't seen Beauty & Beast.)

    Right now, my 1st choice would be trying to see Avenue Q.

    BTW, if you're looking for deals on Broadway, check out www.playbill.com They usually have info on same day rush tickets which are great if you're a student of any age and/or are willing to attempt to pretend to be a student (& risk looking foolish if you get turned away). My friend & I saw Aida for $25/ticket - 7th row seats. We both look young, but past college age. When she asked for student id, he said he forgot it. Since it was only 1/2 an hour to showtime, she let him buy the tickets anyway since the show was not sold out.

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    Judging by reading the reports, it SOUNDS believable...very believable as a matter of fact. I still don't see why someone would go out of their way like that to create such elaborate reports (and so many of them too!) just to cause trouble. I would think (obviously) false reports would be either more vague or more "outrageous" ("Kwan is practicing a 4sal/3toe!) That said, I can't say I believe this rumor (no proof), but also, as hard as it would be to prove it true at the moment, can anyone here also prove that it's false?

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    Tango rumor

    Actually the Tango rumor came from Nationals practice in Atlanta, not Worlds. It was a short program practice and the Tango music started. Michelle looked very confused and her coach just motioned her to continue. She then skated her The Feeling Begins program to the Tango music . It really seemed by the look on Michelle's face that she had given the music people the wrong short program tape (or cd).

    Maureen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaana
    Oh yeah, those were the days as Ilia was still eligible skater... Could you perhaps share something about those Ilia Kulik practices, please?

    BTW, have you had the possibility to visit the Newington rink, CT, where Ilia is now?

    Marjaana
    No - but I recently moved to the New Haven area, so I'm going to have to start checking out the rinks in this state. I like to watch the local regional and sectional competitions when they pass through. Seeing elite skaters is just a bonus.

    Gosh - Ilia trained in Marlborough so long ago. Around 97. I vividly remember his Romeo and Juliet practices. His 3 axles were so beautiful! Those pink cheeks of his were visible all the way to the last row. I was only able to go once and while. But I remember there were many younger female skaters that loved to drool over him every day! But he wasn't there very long.

    Surya Bonaly and Oksana Bauil passed through Marlborough on several occasions (again years ago) to practice at the rink.

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    MFarone, thanks for the info and welcome!

    Did you see michelle's nationals practice? How did The Feeling Begins choreography work with the Tango music?!

    To me, its easier to believe this choice for the SP than the Lion king for the long. Although Michelle is a Disney spokesperson (Mickey, Minnie and Michie), the last time she skated to Disney music was Pocahontas.

    Mathman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman
    the last time she skated to Disney music was Pocahontas.
    Mulan was the year after Pocahontas.

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    Heyang - My favorite way of going to B'way plays was when I was in college. My buddies and I used to hang out by the theatre entrance during the summer months (very hot nights and no one wore coats). When intermission came, we just walked into the theatre with the rest of the playgoers and carefully found empty seats. So we saw the second act of every show on B'way. That was all along time ago. Nowadays I use TKTS for half price tickets. I saw The Boy from Oz twice. Jackman is incredible.

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    I was at MK's Nationals practice when the Tango music played and I was sitting just a few seats back from the control booth as well so I overheard a couple of tidbits.

    It was a little disconcerting to see The Feeling Begins choreography skated to a tango but it was very interesting. The footwork section worked spectacularly well.

    After her run through, she went to collect the tape and they asked if they had played the wrong music. She said the music was wrong but it was her tape. :D

    Based on the length of the music, I can easily believe that the tango was intended to be the short program at some point but got switched back to TFB. I'm even willing to bet that the footwork section is at approximately the same time as TFB because that was the only part of the music that seemed to fit together with the choreography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skate Sandee
    No - but I recently moved to the New Haven area, so I'm going to have to start checking out the rinks in this state. I like to watch the local regional and sectional competitions when they pass through. Seeing elite skaters is just a bonus.

    Gosh - Ilia trained in Marlborough so long ago. Around 97. I vividly remember his Romeo and Juliet practices. His 3 axles were so beautiful! Those pink cheeks of his were visible all the way to the last row. I was only able to go once and while. But I remember there were many younger female skaters that loved to drool over him every day! But he wasn't there very long.

    Surya Bonaly and Oksana Bauil passed through Marlborough on several occasions (again years ago) to practice at the rink.
    Thanks for the info! Yes, Ilia was there only two years, from summer 1996 till summer 1998.

    Marjaana

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    Thanks for the welcome Mathman. I've lurked for a long time so I feel like I know all of you! I went to all of the senior ladies practices from Tuesday on in Atlanta. The short program practice was really strange. Michelle started after the music because she was kind of confused. TFB choreography is kind of slow and sexy and the music was fast and spanish (I'm not good at identifying music). The friend I was sitting with said the music was a tango and then I remembered the rumors about a tango for the short program. Anyway, as mpal2 said the skating and music didn't go together at all until the footwork section when it seemed to mesh. Of course none of this means "a rusty hoop" to borrow the DB phrase. Doesn't mean Michelle will use that music this season. After Michelle finished skating, she kind of shook her head and slapped her hand in "my bad" kind of move and skated over to Arturian who was shaking his head too.

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    http://board.usfigureskating.org/def...ead=5830&fid=3

    Well, the poster DID come back (near the end of August just like she said) and wrote more practice info. I may be gullible, but I have no reason to think this is not a true report.

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    Heh, I'm really hoping this is true because I just listened to "King of Pride Rock" from the Lion King soundtrack and I liked what I heard. It ended with the reprise of the Circle of Life and it was really good stuff, not as cheesy as I imagined. Dark and moody at first, then it just builds up and explodes into an ending.

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    Please excuse my ignorance in this matter, but where is Michelle practicing?

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