Juvenile Dance Teams Fit to be Tied at U.S. Junior Championships

by Shannon Firth and Taylor Firth

(12/3/04) - The juvenile dance competition is turning out to be one of the tightest races at this year's U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships, as seven of the 18 teams find themselves tied after the compulsory phase.

Anastasia Cannuscio and Geoffrey Varraux from the University of Delaware FSC skated in synch and with a great deal of enthusiasm, and are currently in first place overall after placing first in the Cha Cha and third in the Ten Fox.

The team was somewhat overwhelmed with the result.

"I feel like we skated our best,” Cannuscio said. “It was more competitive than we have experienced before,” Varraux added.

Stephanie Klimczak and Cooper Johnston, who placed first in the Ten Fox and fourth in the Cha Cha, and Elizabeth Susko and Ryan Devereaux, who finished third in the Cha Cha and second in the Ten Fox, ended the evening in a tie for second place.

Klimczak and Johnston had a peppy beginning in the Cha Cha with nice expression and displayed exceptional flow in both dances.

“We wanted to place better than last year,” Klimczak said. "We placed 10th last year, so this is a big step up.”

Susko and Devereux exhibited nice flexibility and nice movements in the Cha Cha and delighted the audience with the expression displayed in their Ten Fox dance.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani followed closely behind in fourth position.

Alex Shibutani was enthusiastic about their results. "We skated our best,” he said. "We wanted to be in the final group, so we did our job."