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Attending to Know: Elizabeth Tkachenko & Alexei Kiliakov

by Anne Calder | Skating Photographs by Daphne Backman

Elizabeth Tkachenko & Alexei Kiliakov started skating as companions for the USA in 2011 at WISA (Wheaton Ice Skating Academy) in Rockville, Maryland. The staff now represents Israel internationally. They’re competing this week (September 2-3) on the Junior Grand Prix Czech Skate in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

When and why did you start ice skating? Did you strive different disciples in addition to ice dance?
Elizabeth: I started skating at 3 years previous, starting by going to varied public classes. I met Alexei on the playground once I was one 12 months previous and Alexei was two. Our mothers grew to become good buddies, and we went to varied actions, akin to music courses, collectively. My older brother was invited to affix the skating academy [WISA] that Alexei’s dad and mom run, and I used to be invited as effectively. 

Alexei: I began skating once I was nearly 4. I received into it as a result of each of my dad and mom are determine skating coaches, and it was solely pure for me to get into skating as effectively. I by no means tried different disciplines as a result of I used to be surrounded by nice ice dance coaches and was capable of finding a accomplice (Elizabeth) early on. 

What’s so particular about ice dancing?
Elizabeth: It’s a singular sport that mixes athleticism with dance. Discovering a steadiness and creating attention-grabbing choreography is each a problem and a reward. 

Alexei: It’s a self-discipline of skating that’s uniquely inventive whereas on the similar time being bodily demanding.

Lots of the WISA skaters stay with this system all through the senior degree. How does the construction of this system assist your growth as an athlete?
WISA has coaches that come from a background that’s not solely determine skating. They assist convey new concepts to the desk to assist us each develop as athletes and attempt to develop new and distinctive packages. For instance, we concentrate on totally different types of dance on and off the ice. Off the ice we concentrate on ballet, fashionable dance, ballroom dance, and hip hop. On the ice, we attempt to work these totally different types of dance into our packages. 

What have been your greatest challenges as dancing companions?
Elizabeth: In ice dance, the connection you may have together with your accomplice is an important factor. You might be together with your accomplice on a regular basis, and it’s unimaginable to achieve success in case you are continually arguing or usually are not on good phrases.

After we had been youthful, we used to have bother getting alongside and received pissed off very simply. All through the years, we have now gotten so used to one another and now not often struggle as a result of we all know learn how to deal with one another and respect one another’s variations. 

Alexei: One of many greatest challenges, like I’m positive many groups cope with, is determining learn how to work collectively greatest. I really feel grateful that Elizabeth and I’ve had such an extended partnership as a result of it’s given us loads of time to determine one another out. 

Alexei, you had an enormous progress spurt in the course of the pandemic. What changes did you’ll want to make for that in your partnering?
It was laborious at first as a result of my stamina took a success. I needed to discover ways to make the most of my full amplitude after the expansion spurt. 

You competed for Israel within the 2022 Junior World Championships. Share your ideas on that.
Elizabeth: We felt very honored to symbolize Israel at such an enormous occasion on the Junior degree. It makes me excited for future competitions and alternatives. I loved it very a lot. 

Alexei: It was a really thrilling alternative, and we had been actually joyful to have the ability to go to Worlds. Worlds supplied us with expertise and information for future competitions. It was our greatest and most essential competitors but. 

The Argentine Tango was certainly one of your novice sample dances. Does this assist you this season?
Elizabeth: It positively helped as a result of we already knew what to anticipate since we all know the dance very effectively. I felt method much less burdened as a result of we spent a number of time engaged on the technical particulars again once we labored on it within the novice degree. Plenty of it was similar to a refresh and muscle reminiscence. 

Alexei: It was very useful as a result of it meant that we might shift our focus from merely studying the dance to creating it extra distinctive and authentic. We targeted on artistic elements akin to place modifications and connecting between the 2 of us. We hoped the viewers might take pleasure in and see that the Argentine Tango might be carried out on the ice otherwise than earlier than. 

When you might have a lesson from any ice dance staff who wouldn’t it be?
We might desire a lesson with Oxana Grishuk and Evgeniy Platov. We glance as much as the way in which that they carried themselves on the ice. They’d a presence that made them respectable and totally different from different groups. 

Inform me about your program music and choreographers for this season.
For our rhythm dance, we’re skating to “Ausencia” and “Presidente” each composed by Goran Bregovic. For our choreography, we labored with a ballroom dancer, Natalia Skorikova, who has been with our Academy for a few years, to assist us with the facet of Spanish dancing.

As a way to add extra distinctive and fashionable components to our program, we labored with certainly one of our different choreographers, Jimmie Manners, whereas the remainder of this system was choreographed by our predominant coaches Elena Novak and Alexei Kiliakov. 

For our free dance, we skate to “Run Boy Run” and “Weapons for Rent” each composed by an artist named Woodkid. The latter being from an animated sequence referred to as Arcane. Nearly all of our program was choreographed by our predominant coaches, Elena Novak and Alexei Kiliakov.

Jimmie Manners added choreography into our program that was new to the skating world. He put the ultimate touches and gave this system its personal appeal. 

What are your quick and long run objectives as a staff?
Some quick time period objectives are positively going to the 2023 [Junior] World Championships. We wish to medal and earn a season’s greatest. The final two years, collaborating in Junior Worlds in 2022, our motivation and our ardour for our sport are permitting us to struggle for the rostrum within the 2023 Junior World Championships. 

Lengthy-term, we’re striving to take part within the 2026 Olympics. If not at these Olympics, we wish to medal on the 2030 Olympics. 

What’s your 2022 JGP standing?
We’re very excited to symbolize Israeli Determine Skating Federation within the Junior Grand Prix 2022-2023.  

Background:
Elizabeth Tkachenko (b. February 21, 2006) / Alexei Kiliakov (b. April 11, 2005)
2015 U.S. Nationwide Juvenile Champions
2016 U.S. Nationwide Intermediate Champions
2019 U.S. Nationwide Novice Champions
2022 Lake Placid Ice Dance Worldwide (Junior) gold medalists (ISR)

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