by Anne Calder
Shauna Vorhees is fifteen and lives solely 5 minutes away from the Chandler Arizona Ice Den. Not like most of the different dancers, she was a bit older when she first laced up her skates.
IDC: How did you get entangled with ice skating?
Shauna: I used to be 9 after I went to a celebration and preferred it rather a lot. I skated at a few public classes after which joined the Be taught to Skate lessons. I actually loved it and was at all times excited to go, so I continued with personal classes. I began making applications with parts to songs, then started doing competitions.
IDC: Do you go to public college within the space?
Shauna: I attend Corona del Sol Excessive Faculty in Tempe, Arizona. There are numerous skaters who go to my college. It’s good to have connections in school in case you are skating. It’s a pleasant group to be a part of…
IDC: What do you want greatest about Solo Dance?
Shauna: I like how one can compete and likewise do a bunch of various kinds with completely different rhythms and completely different dances – just like the waltz that’s elegant and also you form of stream throughout the ice. Then there’s additionally Latin dances just like the Cha Cha the place you must be very sharp and passionately enthusiastic about it. I feel it’s very cool to see the distinction within the completely different kinds.
IDC: What’s your favourite rhythm?
Shauna: I like Latin – Cha Cha is extra thrilling with the completely different actions that associate with it.
IDC: What about music for the Free Dance?
Shauna: I like the identical factor – Tango, Cha Cha. My ardour is to bounce to that music.
IDC: How lengthy have you ever been doing Solo Dance?
Shauna: I’ve been doing Solo Dance with Naomi Lang for 3 years. I believed it appeared attention-grabbing, then after I tried it, I acquired excited and fell in love with it. I simply form of wished to maintain persevering with with it.
IDC: What concerning the camaraderie in Solo Dance?
Shauna: That’s one more reason I really like Solo Dance. The group has at all times been so sturdy, particularly to me as I began it. Right here now we have our Solo Dance Group and everybody was so welcoming. Even when competing towards one another, we don’t let that get in the way in which of our friendships. We assist one another at competitions – even skaters from different locations we assist them, and so they assist us. It’s only a very pleasant loving group.
IDC: What skating objectives have you ever set for this season?
Shauna: It’s largely about bettering. I simply need to have the ability to preserve doing higher. If I get a stage 2 on my twizzles, I wish to get a stage 3 on the subsequent competitors. It’s not like I wish to get first place, it’s about bettering, after which I can attain these objectives.
IDC: What’s your favourite skating reminiscence?
Shauna: In Arizona, now we have this competitors referred to as Fiesta Skate. Two years in the past it was my first Solo Dance competitors. I didn’t know what was occurring. Everybody was so supportive. I ended up doing actually good. I used to be capable of make new buddies there. Naomi and everybody have been so welcoming though I used to be new to it.