Curry has said that because he was so familiar with the music he had chosen, Minkus Don Quixote ballet music, and knew exactly what he wanted to do in the programme, it only took him twenty minutes to work out his five minutes of choreography. For Torvill and Dean the task took much longer, sometimes a whole day for just a few seconds' worth of steps. Dean has said the most difficult part was fitting the various parts together so that they flowed smoothly. They were able to devise the intricate moves that fit the music so well because they are masters of their medium, the ice. Most of the Russians choreography looks exactly what it is transposed movements from the stage that do not adapt easily onto skates.
Two talented 11 year old Ice Dancers, Natasha Smith and Paul Knepper
John Nicks argues that nothing is more productive of success than a mother making sure her child gets the most out of a £6.00 twenty-minute lesson by ensuring the child practices each point learned to the maximum of his or her ability. Nevertheless, money problems have caused the downfall of many skaters. Ronnie Robertson, an American who is believed to have spun faster than anyone else, won the silver medal in the 1956 Olympics but had to cut short his competitive career because of lack of funds, to join an ice show when he was only sixteen. Don McPherson of Canada was so short of money that his father was forced to sell his life insurance policy to finance his sons trip to Italy for the 1963 World Championships. McPherson skated outstandingly, to become the youngest ever mens World Champion at the age of sixteen, a record, which stands today. He would have liked to remain in competition until the Olympics the following year, but the money just was not available. He settled for an ice show contract, and the opportunity to pay back his father. Nowadays the NSA pays for British skaters (but not their coaches) travel expenses to international championships. In addition to these are the international competitions, which have proliferated since the acceptance of sponsorship for amateur events in recent years. Such events are generous with their invitations to talented performers who have already proved themselves. One contest organiser, knowing that television coverage would be guaranteed if Cousins agreed to compete, even offered to arrange his travel by Concorde. The NSA also helps promising skaters with their coaching bills. However, the sport is developing at such a rate that more and more time must be invested in it and that can make it difficult to hold down a normal job. In spite of Sports Aid Foundation help, Torvill and Dean were under enormous pressures until the Nottingham council voted them a grant.
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