Athena Religion Roberts (17) and Eric Alis (20) symbolize Spain and began skating collectively final season. They completed twenty sixth on the World Junior Championships.
Inform us about your particular person skating journeys, together with any early particular reminiscences.
Athena Roberts (AR): I began skating after I was 5 years previous in Jacksonville Florida.
Eric Alis (EA): I began skating at 7 with a couple of buddies from college and began competing straight away as a single skater. On the age if 12 i gained my first nationals in novice. At 16, I moved to Vancouver, Canada to proceed my research and began skating as a single skater once more after a nasty hip damage. After a pair years, I discovered there was an ice dance academy and I gave it a shot with no hopes to get in, however after making an attempt out, my present coaches appeared and cheered me as much as hold as much as ultimately discovering my present companion!
What drew you to ice dance?
AR: After I was competing in singles skating there was quite a lot of stress particularly with my jumps, and slowly I began to lose curiosity in skating. However on the similar time I used to be doing ice dance for enjoyable and it helped me regain my drive for skating, and I noticed I’d somewhat compete in one thing that’s enjoyable and entertaining.
EA: I all the time cherished skating greater than leaping, however in Spain there wasn’t any form of Ice Dance college. After my damage I knew I used to be accomplished with leaping because it was the principle purpose of my damage. After I obtained accepted into the ice Dance academy in Vancouver I noticed day after day how a lot I take pleasure in it and since I used to be capable of finding a companion I take pleasure in it much more.
Inform us how your partnership began (Companion Search, coaching mate, and many others.) Describe the tryout.
AR: Each of our coaches had gotten involved with one another and we scheduled a tryout inside three days. The tryout lasted for one week and on day one we had gotten alongside rather well so we knew that there was a excessive risk of this partnership figuring out, and by the tip of the week I had discovered a spot to remain and transfer to Vancouver.
EA: We discovered one another in a fairly sudden manner! I discovered a companion from Canada however after a couple of days of coaching and her shifting right here from Montreal issues didn’t work out. Then my coach, Aaron Lowe spoke to one in all his buddies mentioning that she had a lady, and inside 4 days Athena arrived right here in Vancouver to do a tryout. I believe we linked fairly fast, and after per week of tryout we talked and determined to proceed collectively for not less than one season, with no compromise, in case we didn’t see issues coming collectively. However fortunate us we had a blast and we’ll hold issues going!
What’s it that you just already like most about dancing along with your new companion?
AR: The factor I like most about skating with a companion is that we’re doing all of it collectively. I discover it’s much more enjoyable dancing with a companion as a result of you possibly can encourage each other and belief that they have you ever whereas skating. I believe that creates an understanding and nice friendship which makes skating collectively even higher.
EA: What I like essentially the most about skating with Athena is that we giggle rather a lot. We have now gotten actually shut with such quick time and makes all trainings very pleasurable. In addition to we belief every when making an attempt new issues. It makes it simpler to study and have enjoyable with it as nicely.
What experiences do every of you convey to the partnership? (Worldwide competitions, coaching, and many others.)
AR: Essentially the most experiences I’ve is coaching and competing in a number of world championships within the aerial arts and pole sport self-discipline.
EA: The factor I can convey into the partnership is all of the earlier years of coaching within the determine skating area.
What has been the largest adjustment for every of you thus far within the partnership?
AR: The most important adjustment for myself was getting used to the brand new setting I used to be in. Since I needed to transfer from Florida to Vancouver, not solely was I getting used to skating with Eric, but in addition attending to know new coaches and their work ethic, new teammates, and studying concerning the metropolis.
EA: For me the largest adjustment has been having to mix all my coaching with college thus far, since sadly right here in Vancouver, universities aren’t versatile with sport
Inform us about your coaching website. (Location, amenities, dance mates, lessons, and many others.)
We prepare on the 8rinks Scotia Barn in Burnaby, BC. It’s a facility with 7 rinks and a soccer area. To me it’s wonderful to have the ability to prepare right here since in Spain there’s a complete of 7-8 rinks the place you possibly can skate all yr lengthy. So not directly, we all the time have ice to have the ability to follow. In the identical facility we even have a gymnasium and a room wherein we do our off-ice dance classes, often 3-4 occasions per week.
Who’re your coaches?
Our fundamental coaches are Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe, ex Olympian ice dancers representing Canada. Each initially from Vancouver.
Who’s choreographing your packages. Is another person arranging your music? If that’s the case, please share these experiences.
Each, Megan and Aaron, are those who choreograph our packages with the assistance of our off-ice coaches who’re specialised in ball-room and up to date dance, each with an extent background of different varieties of dancing.
If you happen to may have a lesson with any ice dancer previous/current, who wouldn’t it be? Why?
AR: I’d wish to have a lesson from Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Their 2010 Olympic efficiency was the primary time I had acknowledged ice dance and it immediately captured my consideration, so getting a lesson from the individuals who impressed ice dance for me can be wonderful.
EA: I would really like to have the ability to prepare with Adrian Diaz, the just lately retired Olympian ice dancer from Spain since he was my very first contact into ice dance and with Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron to do some choreography and refinement of edge high quality.
What’s every of you trying ahead to most this skating season? What shall be your greatest problem(s)?
AR: What I’m trying ahead to this season is with the ability to present how a lot we’ve improved together with all the brand new tips and choreography we’ve for the brand new season.
EA: For this upcoming season I’m actually trying ahead to our first 2 Junior Grand Prix! And actually trying ahead to enhance our world rating together with Junior Worlds bringing a bunch of recent parts that we’re engaged on.
What’s your debut competitors this season?
Our debut competitors this yr shall be in Ottawa, Canada and our worldwide debut shall be in our first Junior Grand Prix in Linz, Austria.