U.S. Nationals: Junior Short Dance

Jeandell/Dodge: 20.42 TES + 17.12 PCS = 37.54

  • She is 17 and he is 17 and they are skating to Let’s Get Loud and Sway
  • Yay for the Samba roll at the beginning of their program!
  • Nice open leg twizzles to start off; they do three sets; a little slow, but in time with the music; really close on the third set
  • They seem very tentative in some of these hold changes and I’d like to see her commit to more of the choreography with her free arm
  • He’s really selling the Latin feel of this dance
  • Rotational lift in a haircutter position–seemed a little long; must be 6 seconds or less otherwise they will be assessed a deduction
  • Decent timing on their step sequence

Howe/Jahnke: 25.57 TES + 17.76 PCS = 43.33 and into 1st place

  • She is 18 and he is 21
  • Nice change of position in the lift with her in a tucked position
  • They have a nice flow across the one foot section in their non touching footwork
  • No unison through their two sets of twizzles and they seem to get really close in the second set
  • I really appreciate that they’re trying to put their spin on the Cha Cha and adding extra arm and shoulder movements but some of their hand to hand holds are a little awkward; nice matched leg lines throughout the step sequence
  • Rotational lift into the ending pose

Mancini/Brooks: 26.00 TES + 19.81 PCS = 45.81 and into 1st place

  •  She is 15 and he is 17 and they are skating to Haitian Lady
  • Not sold on the one black tight, hopefully it will add to the performance and not be distracting
  • Their height difference is so much better this season with a lot less hunching from him in the holds to reach her hands; he seems to be making up for the distance by getting a deeper knee bend instead
  • Nice speed and flow through the Cha Cha with nice changes of hold throughout and good matching lines; nice big pattern that comes very close to the boards
  • An upside down rotational lift with him holding her by her leg
  • It looks like she put her foot down before him in both sets of twizzles and they were slightly off on their timing
  • Nice deep edges and good timing in their step sequence but not a lot of Latin flair here

Dzierzankowski/Dispenza: 16.09 TES + 13.98 PCS -2.00 = 28.07 and into 4th place

  • She is 19 and he is 21 and they are skating to Hot Hot Hot
  • Really fart apart on the twizzles and not great timing through the first two sets
  • Arch back lift with him in a spread eagle
  • They could work on really stretching through their legs and feet in the Cha Cha section; it also looks like they’re really concentrating and I’d like to see them relax and have more fun with it
  • I’d like to see them have better matching lines in some of their transitional moves
  • They need to stretch through their legs and stay with each other during the non touching step sequence
  • He falls in the ending pose and takes her down with him

Bonacorsi/Mager: 28.35 TES + 25.04 PCS = 53.39 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to Chilly Cha Cha and Besame Mucho
  • Good timing, positions and relationship to each other on the three sets of twizzles
  • She could stretch through her legs more in the non touching step sequence
  • Flip into a spread eagle lift on his back and a flip foward on to his knees
  • Her leg line is better in the Cha Cha, but there are a few places where they aren’t completely in sync; nice big pattern all the way up to the boards
  • Rotational lift with change of positions into their ending pose

Parsons/Parsons: 28.93 TES + 21.87 PCS = 50.80 and into 2nd place

  • She is 14 and he is 16 and they are skating to Psychedelic Sally
  • Really nice posture from him and it’s nice to see the boy having better expression than the girl
  • Nice lift with solid position changes
  • A little off on their timing in the non touching step sequence
  • Second set of twizzles was off on timing
  • Rotational transitional lift into the Cha Cha
  • In most places their leg lines match up in the Cha Cha but there are a few places they’re not completely in sync and I’d like to see her have more stretch through her legs

Aldridge/Eaton: 27.71 TES + 26.71 PCS = 54.42 and into 1st place

  •  She is 18 and he is 20 and they are skating to I Need To Know
  • Her dress is my favorite of the evening so far
  • Hello Diva faces!
  • Flip into a handstand in a spread eagle and flip back to stand on his boot
  • Great posture, control, leg stretch, toe point and nice holds in the Cha Cha; nice big pattern and good edge quality
  • Good twizzles but they got a little close to the boards on the second set; they probably had the fastest twizzles of the night so far
  • Nice push through the one foot section of their step sequence and I love how their arms and heads are always moving with the choreography; she bobbles on one of the last steps in the sequence
  • Very professional program and they don’t look like juniors

Pogrebinsky/Gudis: 25.86 TES + 20.81 PCS = 46.67 and into 4th place

  •  She is 14 and he is 16 and they are skating to Relax Max/Party is Over
  • Cool toss into a fish like lift to open their program
  • He swings his leg really far forward in the Cha Cha and it looks like he’s going to lose his balance in a few places; the transitions in their holds isn’t as clean as some of the other teams; nice matching lines from them
  • The first set of their twizzles cross but they don’t finish at the same time
  • I wonder if she recently has a growth spurt…she has very long limbs and it looks like she’s not 100% sure what to do with them yet, but I see lots of potential

Bertsch/Kaplun: 25.08 TES + 19.80 PCS = 44.88 and into 6th place

  • She is 18 and he is 21 and they are skating to Medley
  • The hanging fringe on her dress makes me really nervous…hopefully she won’t trip on it
  • Really nice twizzle sequence with good timing, positions and space between them; only mistake was a small bobble from her at the very end of the second set
  • I’d like to see her be a bit more deliberate with some of her leg positions in the Cha Chas as sometimes they’re not directly to the back or the side but stuck in the middle
  • Nice split lift with her standing on his boot and arching back and him skating on one foot
  • Nice arabesque rotational lift at the end of the program

McNamara/Carpenter: 28.20 TES + 20.91 PCS = 49.11 and into 4th place

  • She is 13 and he is 16 and they are skating to Kaboom and Gabriel’s Oboe
  • I like that their performance started the second they hit the ice and they have choreography to their opening poses
  • Very different look for them–more Western Valentine than Latin and we’ll see if it sets them apart or gets them penalized
  • They have a ton or presence and personality on the ice for being so young
  • Very crisp with the Cha Cha–the red boots really make you pay attention to her legs so it’s a good thing they’re stretched!
  • Really nice relationship with each other and timing on the step sequence
  • Good twizzles with good speed and timing
  • Flip all the way around into an upside down lift hanging by her legs and him skating backwards on one foot
  • Really cool toss into a rotational lift to end their program
  • Not sure if this qualifies as Latin but it was definitely entertaining

Gamelin/Gamelin: 19.36 TES + 18.96 PCS -2.00 = 36.32 and into 10th place

  • They are 19 and skating to a Latin Medley
  • She’s a lot like Madison Hubbell–way too sexy to dance with her brother
  • She falls on the Cha Cha and takes him down with her and they run into the boards and it takes them a bit to untangle and get back into it
  • Good timing on the twizzles
  • I like that they’re really going for the Latin feeling and putting some of the dance steps into their choreography
  • I like all the Latin arms in their step sequence
  • Flip into an upside down spread eagle lift into a wrap around his leg in a double stag

Hawayek/Bramante: 25.50 TES + 21.35 PCS = 46.85 and into 5th place

  • They are skating to Sway and Tequila
  • I think she’s absolutely gorgeous
  • She came out of the twizzles one rotation early on the first set
  • Nice ice coverage on the step sequence with good edges
  • Nice change of holds; matching leg lines; stretch and toe point in the Cha Cha but I’d like to see her relax and smile
  • Rotational lift in a haircutter position

Heritage/Fast: 28.43 TES + 20.39 PCS = 48.82 and into 5th place

  • He is in a squat and she is arched back over the ice in their lift
  • While I absolutely adore this song (To Make You Feel My Love by Adele) I’m not sure it’s Latin
  • Nice twizzles with the leg straight out and well timed
  • Did they forget to bleep out s**t in Rolling in the Deep?
  • Their lines don’t quite match through the Cha Cha
  • Nice rotational lift over the back of his head
Place Start No. Name Score
1 7 Alexandra Aldridge, Detroit SC
Daniel Eaton, Detroit SC
2 5 Lauri Bonacorsi, Peninsula SC
Travis Mager, IceWorks SC
3 6 Rachel Parsons, WA FSC
Michael Parsons, WA FSC
4 10 Lorraine McNamara, Peninsula SC
Quinn Carpenter, WA FSC
5 13 Madeline Heritage, University ISC of San Jose
Nathaniel Fast, University ISC of San Jose
6 12 Kaitlin Hawayek, SC of Western NY
Michael Bramante, Detroit SC
7 8 Elliana Pogrebinsky, Peninsula SC
Ross Gudis, WA FSC
8 3 Jessica Mancini, Broadmoor SC
Tyler Brooks, Broadmoor SC
9 9 Amanda Bertsch, Ann Arbor FSC
Sam Kaplun, All Year FSC
10 2 Roxette Howe, All Year FSC
Mark Jahnke, Seattle SC
11 1 Cassandra Jeandell, University of DE FSC
Damian Dodge, Peninsula SC
12 11 Danielle Gamelin, SC of NY
Alexander Gamelin, SC of NY
13 4 Jenna Dzierzanowski, Birmingham FSC
Vinny Dispenza, Panthers FSC