Double Gold & Silver for Emily Workman
Bracknell and Slough Opens, IJS Solo & Couples Ice Dance Competitions
Emily Workman, last month, triumphantly took double gold at Bracknell Opens, IJS Solo & Couples Ice Dance Competition. This week she performed at Slough Opens and successfully walks away with double silver.
“I love to perform pattern dances as well as my free dances.” Said Emily.
At Bracknell, Emily competed in both the pattern dance (PD) competition and the free dance (FD) competition, she came 1st in both, putting her 1st overall. In the pattern dance competition she danced the British Waltz and the Fiesta Tango.
Emily then skated in the free dance competition to ‘Rock Around The Clock’ by Bill Haley and his Comets where she also finished 1st. Beating a fellow competitor into second place by a clear 3 points!
At Slough Emily competed in both pattern and free dance. She took silver in her pattern dance competition, this included a win in the British Waltz and 3rd in the Fiesta Tango giving her an overall 2nd place. These achievements were topped off by both dances receiving personal best (PB) scores.
“I am thrilled to receive these Personal Best scores.” Said Emily.
The Bracknell Opens IJS Solo & Couples Ice Dance Competition, last month, took place at the John Nike Leisuresport Complex. The Slough Opens, this month, at Slough Ice Arena Although both days were long, starting at 6am and ended after the presentations at 6pm, Emily had the best time.
Emily, when she was 6 years old, remembers watching ice skating on television. She recalls telling to her mom that one day she would be an ice dancer! Emily began ice dancing 2 years ago and has been skating for 4 years, having completed her Skate UK Passport in 2012.
Emily’s free skating coaches, Debbie Wright and Nina Povey have taught her a great deal about free dancing. But, since taking up Ice Dance with her coaches Lynn Burton-Lenard and Duncan Lenard. She appreciates much more how deeper edges, softer knees and long lines enhance her performance.
“I enjoy performing on larger rinks because it gives me the opportunity to ‘push out’ even further” Said Emily.
In preparation for her competitions Emily takes the time to visualise her pattern dances and free dances to ensure she knows the routines inside out. She trains up to 5 times a week both before and after school and any other time her mom has the opportunity to take her to the rink.
Recently Emily had an interview with her local newspaper the Evesham Journal where she spoke about her love of Ice Dance and her recent wins and future dreams. She has found a good friend in Dani Sturgess who is a successful ice dancer too. Emily is delighted with her recent achievements and personal best scores and is proud to represent Solihull Dancing Blades (incorporating Mercian Ice Dance Club) With an eye on her future, Emily is keen to become a professional skater and perform in ice shows. Her current boots are Edea Chorus and she skates on Gold Seal blades.
Emily’s next competition will be at Streatham at the end of the month, everyone at Solihull Dancing Blades (incorporating Mercian Ice Dance Club), her friends and family are all wishing her the best once more.
The top ranking 24 skaters in each category based on TTS scores, who also have the required test levels, will receive automatic entry to the British Championships. Skaters next in line on the ranking lists will be invited to fill any unallocated warm up slots.
For automatic qualification to the British Solo Championships competitors will be required to have skated in at least two qualifying Solo Series Competitions at different events.