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International skates into town

July 25, 2017
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Glamour, elegance and style will be center ice Wednesday, July 26 through Saturday, July 29, when the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships and Ice Dance International featuring elite ice dancers and rising stars will come to the Olympic Center.

Ice Dance is a figure skating discipline which incorporates dance styles such as waltzes, tangos and polkas on the ice, and includes elements such as turns, spins and lifts. Each program has a theme which must be expressed by the team, and often requires certain elements to be performed.

The Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships encompasses a broad spectrum of levels and events, including solo dance where skaters compete without an ice dancing partner.

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Elliana Pogrebinsky and Alex Benoit perform their free dance program during last year’s Ice Dance International at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
Photo — Michelle Wojdyla/

The Ice Dance International competition is an ISU Minimum Technical Score event featuring advanced novice, junior and senior ice dance levels. Participants can earn valuable experience competing against skaters on an elite international level.

For some, the International will serve as an opportunity to help qualify for national and possibly Olympic competition, providing teams with a chance to receive feedback before the qualifying season begins in the fall. Teams registered to compete are from the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Latvia and Poland.

Notable Senior competitors include the Australian team of Kimberly Hew-Low and Timothy McKernan, who won a silver medal in the 2008 U.S. national juniors with former partner Piper Gilles.

Elite American teams include 2016 World Junior champions Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter; 2016 Lake Placid Ice Dance International champions and 2017 U.S. national pewter medalists Elliana Pogrebinsky and Alex Benoit; and 2017 World Junior and 2017 U.S. National Junior champions Rachel and Michael Parsons.

Also scheduled to compete in the Junior field are U.S. ice dancers Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko, 2017 World Junior bronze medalists and 2017 U.S. National Junior silver medalists.

As always, the International events will be the ones to watch - especially leading up to an Olympic year - but the entire event allows the opportunity to perhaps glimpse future stars in action.

As one of the most prestigious ice dance events in the world, the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships and Ice Dance International promises to be an entertaining and inspiring event for skating fans of all ages.

Admission can be purchased at the door every day of the competition. For more information on the championships, visit



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