2011 U.S. Nationals

Senior Dance



Place Couple SD FD
1 Meryl Davis & Charlie White 1 1
2 Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani 2 2
3 Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein 4 3
4 Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell 5 4
5 Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt 4 6
6 Isabella Cannuscio & Ian Lorello 7 5
7 Shannon Wingle & Timothy McKernan 6 8
8 Rachel Tibbetts & Collin Brubaker 10 7
9 Meredith Zuber & Kyle Herring 9 9
10 Ginna Hoptman & Pavel Filchenkov 8 10
11 Alissandra Aronow & Zachary Donohue 11 11
12 Kristen Nardozzi & Robert Cuthbertson 12 13
13 Katherine Zeigler & Baxter Burbank 15 12
14 Alison Carey & Ryan Van Natten 13 14
15 Katherine Pilgrim & Alexander Lorello 14 15

Photos copyright 2011 by George S. Rossano


Short Dance

Golden Waltz


Starting Order - Short Dance

  1. Alison Carey & Ryan Van Natten

  2. Rachel Tibbetts & Collin Brubaker

  3. Ginna Hoptman & Pavel Filchenkov

  4. Katherine Pilgrim & Alexander Lorello

  5. Isabella Cannuscio & Ian Lorello

  6. Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell

  7. Meredith Zuber & Kyle Herring

  8. Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein

  9. Katherine Zeigler & Baxter Burbank

  10. Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani

  11. Kristen Nardozzi & Robert Cuthbertson

  12. Meryl Davis & Charlie White

  13. Shannon & Wingle & Timothy McKernan

  14. Alissandra Aronow & Zachary Donohue

  15. Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt


Short Dance Placements
Place Couple
1 Meryl Davis & Charlie White
2 Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani
3 Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein
4 Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt
5 Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell
6 Shannon Wingle & Timothy McKernan
7 Isabella Cannuscio & Ian Lorello
8 Ginna Hoptman & Pavel Filchenkov
9 Meredith Zuber & Kyle Herring
10 Rachel Tibbetts & Collin Brubaker
11 Alissandra Aronow & Zachary Donohue
12 Kristen Nardozzi & Robert Cuthbertson
13 Alison Carey & Ryan Van Natten
14 Katherine Pilgrim & Alexander Lorello
15 Katherine Zeigler & Baxter Burbank


The Dance event was expected to be a one horse race, and the Short Dance seems to vindicate that view.  This is the first U.S. Championship with the new Short Dance, though al of the competitors have experience in the dance this season either in international competition or in qualifying competition.  Earlier in the week, the Junior dancers competed in a Short Dance based on the Viennese Waltz, while for the Seniors it is the Golden Waltz.

The Senior Short Dance has to include two sections of the Golden Waltz pattern dance.  The two sections can be skated in either order.  In addition to the two pattern dance sections, the Short Dance includes synchronized twizzles, a not touching mid-line step sequence and a rotational lift.  Many of the couples also included an optional lift that is scored as a connecting movements, but does not receive element points.

While many of the Junior Short Dances bordered on the tedious (two patterns of the Viennese is just not that interesting), the Senior dances were much more lively and interesting.  The dance choreographers we spoke to said they found incorporating the Viennese into an interesting coherent dance much more difficult than the Golden Waltz and the dances put on the ice this week shoed it.

Meryl Davis & Charlie White blew away the competition with all their elements called at level four.  This includes the pattern dance sequences which receive a level call from the Technical Panel based on the execution of the required steps.  Save for one lone +1, the GoEs from the panel where all 2s and 3s.  Their program components were scored mostly in the nines, with one judge going to 10.00 for Composition/Choreography.  Out of a maximum possible 40.00 for PCS the couple earned 37.26 points.

The 2010 National Junior Champions, Maia & Alex Shibutani also dazzled in the execution of their program.  They too received all 4s for the levels of their elements, with GoEs of mostly 2s and 3s.  In one year moving from Junior to Senior they are already the technical equal of Davis & White, scoring only 1/3 point behind the leaders in Total Element Score.  Currently, the difference between these two couples is in components, with the more experiences Davis & White scoring in the mid to high nines, while the Shibutani's were scored in the high sevens and eights.

A fine performance was given by Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein, though a clear step below the top two teams.  Their routine was cleanly skated with elements called at level three, except for their rotational lift at level 4.  They received no negative GoEs, and their components were scored in the mid sevens, with the artistic marks of Performance, Choreography and Interpretation the highest of the five.

Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt gave a strong performance with good speed.  Their bluesy interpretation of the Golden Waltz, however, was a poor fit within the dance as a whole resulting in an incoherent routine.  There elements were called at level three and four and were scored with mostly 1 and 2 GoEs, with a few 0s and 3s, reflecting their strong technical skills.  In components, their marks were in the mid sixes.

Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell skated with decent speed and nice expression, though overall were a bit sloppy.  Madison's twizzles were a bit of a struggle and that elements was scored at -1 by six of the nine judges.  The couple also received two -1s on the not touching step sequence.  Their components were marked slightly higher than Kriengkrairut & Giulietti-Schmitt, in the high sizes and low sevens.

Shannon Wingle & Timothy McKennen displayed some nice technical skills with level three and four elements.  Their twizzles, though, were a struggle and the couple drifted too far apart during the element.  Their components were scored in the mid fives to mid sixes, averaging just below 6.00.


Free Dance


Starting Order - Free Dance

  1. Kristen Nardozzi & Robert Cuthbertson

  2. Alison Carey & Ryan Van Natten

  3. Alissandra Aronow & Zachary Donohue

  4. Katherine Zeigler & Baxter Burbank

  5. Katherine Pilgrim & Alexander Lorello

  6. Ginna Hoptman & Pavel Filchenkov

  7. Isabella Cannuscio & Ian Lorello

  8. Rachel Tibbetts & Collin Brubaker

  9. Shannon & Wingle & Timothy McKernan

  10. Meredith Zuber & Kyle Herring

  11. Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein

  12. Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani

  13. Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell

  14. Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt

  15. Meryl Davis & Charlie White


Free Dance Placements
Place Couple
1 Meryl Davis & Charlie White
2 Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani
3 Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein
4 Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell
5 Isabella Cannuscio & Ian Lorello
6 Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt
7 Rachel Tibbetts & Collin Brubaker
8 Shannon & Wingle & Timothy McKernan
9 Meredith Zuber & Kyle Herring
10 Ginna Hoptman & Pavel Filchenkov
11 Alissandra Aronow & Zachary Donohue
12 Katherine Zeigler & Baxter Burbank
13 Kristen Nardozzi & Robert Cuthbertson
14 Alison Carey & Ryan Van Natten
15 Katherine Pilgrim & Alexander Lorello



Kristen Nardozzi & Robert Cuthbertson Alison Carey & Ryan Van Natten Alissandra Aronow & Zachary Donohue
Katherine Zeigler & Baxter Burbank Katherine Pilgrim & Alexander Lorello Ginna Hoptman & Pavel Filchenkov
Isabella Cannuscio & Ian Lorello Rachel Tibbetts & Collin Brubaker Shannon & Wingle & Timothy McKernan
Meredith Zuber & Kyle Herring Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani
Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt Meryl Davis & Charlie White


2011 Senior Dance Medallists

Return to title page