Welcome to IDC’s New Workforce Collection! For this sequence, we interview athletes who will enter the upcoming 2023-24 season in a brand new partnership, or debuted final season. In our second interview, we examine in with Adrienne Carhart (21) and Oleksandr Kolosovskyi (21) who characterize Azerbaijan on the senior degree. New articles on this sequence will probably be posted each Monday.
Tell us about your particular person skating journeys, together with any early particular reminiscences.
Adrienne (AC): I began skating at 7 years outdated, when a buddy of mine invited me to a skating lesson. From there, I continued on with my youthful sister Helena and I’ve cherished it since then.
Oleksandr (OK): I began skating after I was 7 years outdated as properly, however in Odessa. There is just one rink in Odessa however I’ve numerous nice reminiscences of that rink and studying how you can skate there. I competed in singles skating so much all through Ukraine till I used to be about 15 years outdated. Then I moved to Kiev to begin ice dancing.
What drew you to ice dance?
AC: In all honesty, I keep in mind watching ice dance as a child and considering there was no approach I might be an ice dancer! After rising up in a family full of ladies and going to an all-girls highschool, the concept of skating with a boy didn’t attraction to me. It wasn’t till I had reconstructive hip surgical procedure after I was 15 years outdated and needed to take a 12 months off the ice that I even thought of ice dancing. Nevertheless, after just some weeks of attempting it out I knew this was what I wished to do. Now I really like skating with a associate and I really like engaged on all of the little particulars that go into ice dancing. There’s a lot precision and thought put into each step.
OK: My mother heard there was an excellent ice dance coach in Kiev that had a woman on the lookout for a associate, so she thought it could be good for me to strive ice dancing. At first, I discovered it fairly uncommon to skate with one other individual in place, but it surely supplied me with a brand new problem which I preferred. I really like the technical elements of ice dance, like turns and footwork, however I additionally actually take pleasure in lifts and the acrobatics concerned in partnered skating.
Inform us how your partnership began (Accomplice Search, coaching mate, and many others.) Describe the tryout.
AC: Sasha and I truly knew one another earlier than we began skating collectively. We each educated with Marina in 2019 with totally different companions and we have been good mates. I ended up shifting to France and Sasha was coaching with a brand new associate in Russia, so we misplaced contact for a number of years. Once we noticed one another once more, it was like no time had handed – our friendship picked up proper the place we left off.
OK: Marina known as me proper after my earlier partnership ended. She was my coach after I was junior and we had stayed involved, so I used to be blissful to listen to from her. She informed me Adrienne was additionally on the lookout for a associate, and Adrienne and I have been mates for a very long time. So we had a tryout and we have been an excellent match.
What’s it that you just already like most about dancing along with your new associate?
AC: It doesn’t matter what form of day we’re having, Sasha at all times makes me giggle. We steadiness one another out so properly. Sasha may be very affected person – he’s so good at staying calm and relaxed below stress. Coaching is very easy and particular when you find yourself skating with a buddy.
OK: Adrienne and I are each very fortunate as a result of we’ve got had an excellent friendship off the ice for thus a few years. I’ve by no means seen anybody work as exhausting as Adrienne! Additionally, she is a tremendous dancer and she or he may be very creative. She has an excellent imaginative and prescient for every of our packages and I belief her.
What experiences do every of you convey to the partnership? (Worldwide competitions, coaching, and many others.)
OK: I’ve competed internationally for a few years now, so I introduced numerous expertise to the partnership.
AC: Sasha was very supportive of me this season, since this was my first season competing internationally.
What has been the most important adjustment for every of you to date within the partnership?
AC: There are the conventional challenges of a brand new partnership, studying to skate collectively and attending to know the opposite individual. Sasha and I’ve nice communication, and we work so properly collectively. I’ve by no means had a partnership the place we might talk as brazenly as we do.
OK: There hasn’t been a giant adjustment. We’re at all times trustworthy with one another about what’s working and what’s not, and Adrienne may be very type.
Inform us about your coaching web site. (Location, amenities, dance mates, lessons, and many others.)
OK: We prepare on the Worldwide Skating Academy in Estero, FL. Coaching in Florida, the climate is heat and delightful. We do numerous coaching outdoors within the contemporary air, and I am going to the seaside and soar within the water after an extended day of skating.
AC: I’m the oldest of 4 ladies, all of whom skate, they usually all prepare with Marina in Florida. Attending to see them every single day and share all these experiences with them is one thing I’m extraordinarily grateful for. My sister Helena and her associate Vova are the reigning US Junior Silver Medalists, and they’re an excellent crew to look at. We additionally prepare with Pilipino crew Isabella Gamez and Alexandr Korovin, and Ukrainian crew Zoe Larson and Andrei Kapran. We’re so fortunate to coach with groups which can be additionally our good mates.
Final season we educated with Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi earlier than they introduced their retirement this 12 months. It was very unhappy for me, since Kana is certainly one of my closest mates and the rink is just not the identical with out them. We use Kana and Dais as our inspiration so much.
Who’re your coaches? Did both or each need to relocate? If that’s the case, inform us in regards to the transfer(s).
AC: We’re coached by Marina Zoueva, Ilya Tkachenko, Nora Hoffmann, Johnny Johns, and Yelena Sokolova. We additionally work with ballroom dancers Randi Robust, Henry Byalikov, and Maksim Kozhevnikov. Sasha and I each educated in different nations earlier than we got here again to Marina.
OK: I relocated from Austria to Florida. Nevertheless, since I had already educated right here earlier than, it already felt rather more like dwelling.
Who’s choreographing your packages. Is another person arranging your music? If that’s the case, please share these experiences.
AC: Sasha and I have been very excited in regards to the 80’s theme for the RD this 12 months. We started working with Henry, certainly one of our ballroom coaches, on choreography off the ice. Our coach Ilya Tkachenko then took that and helped us adapt all of the dancing for the ice.
OK: Max Kozhevnikov helped us with the idea for our free dance. We cherished our Egyptian program from final season, so it took us some time to discover a piece of music that everybody preferred for our FD. Nevertheless, as soon as Max began working with us this system actually got here collectively. Ilya is a superb choreographer as properly; he has been so concerned in our inventive course of this season, and due to that our packages are coming alongside properly.
In case you might have a lesson with any ice dancer previous/current, who wouldn’t it be? Why?
AC: Mmm there are such a lot of superb groups…I must say Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier. I noticed their Evita FD at worlds final season and it introduced me to tears. They’re so dedicated to the story they’re telling – as quickly as they step on the ice they’re in character! They’re each so type and I actually look as much as them as athletes and as folks.
OK: I’d say Meryl Davis and Charlie White, as a result of they have been so revolutionary. They have been so fast on the ice and their lifts have been superb. I’ve at all times cherished and admired their skating.
What’s every of you wanting ahead to most this skating season? What will probably be your greatest problem(s)?
AC: Final season was my first competing on the worldwide circuit, and since we have been a brand new partnership we didn’t begin till the top of October. I like to compete, so I’m wanting ahead to performing so much this season. Final season our objective was to place out stable performances each time. This season, we need to skate fearlessly and with confidence. Now’s the time to place our heads down and work so we will enhance over the subsequent few years.
OK: I believe we’ve got a lot potential as a crew. We’re tall and have lengthy stunning strains with numerous pace. In fact we need to enhance our outcomes and world standing from final season, however greater than that we need to solidify our skating and look as a crew. It is going to be our second season collectively, so we’re nonetheless studying how you can transfer collectively and how you can compete collectively.
What’s your debut competitors this season?
AC: Our first competitors would be the Dallas Traditional in July, after which we are going to head to Lake Placid as our first worldwide for the season.
OK: We’ll do a number of native competitions first earlier than we head to our internationals.
Please share something you want to our readers to find out about you as a crew?
OK: We’ve labored exhausting within the off season to enhance our method and our pace throughout the ice. I’m very enthusiastic about our packages for this season, and I hope the judges and skating viewers will take pleasure in them too!
AC: I owe a lot to my household, to my dad and mom for his or her fixed love and help, and in addition to my sisters who I get to share this journey with. We’ve a lot extra to show and to indicate – that is just the start for us!