The 2012 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships wrapped up Saturday evening at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York bringing the 80th anniversary celebration of the competition to a close. Eleven local ice dance competitors representing the Pittsburgh Figure Skating Club and Center Ice and Blades of Western Pennsylvania were there to take part what has grown to the largest ice dance competitions in the United States, competing in a total of 26 individual open and free dance events, seven separate solo dance series levels, and two shadow dances.
This year’s western Pennsylvania competitors included Pittsburgh Figure Skating Club members Alannah Binotto, Angelique Hudec, Brianne McKain, Jennifer Sun, and Rebecca Vassilenko and Center Ice and Blades of Western Pennsylvania members Paige DiToppa, Maurianna Dorsch, Olivia Dorsch, Lauren Goodnight, Kara Wilson, and Cara Zanella. Center Ice Arena coach Lance Holton partnered Center Ice and Blades members while Ryan Devereaux, a coach at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center, partnered the five Pittsburgh Figure Skating Club dancers.
The 2012 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships kicked off on the 1980 Rink late Wednesday with several local competitors participating in the evening’s open events, including the Canasta Tango, Cha Cha, Argentine Tango, Swing Dance, and Fiesta Tango.
Vassilenko and Devereaux and Maurianna Dorsch and Holton were among the local teams who competed the Canasta Tango. Vassilenko, who skated third in the group, finished in first place with a Total Segment score (TSS) of 24.63 just one spot ahead of Dorsch who earned a TSS of 20.49 and the silver medal.
Vassilenko would also dance her way to two bronze medals alongside Devereaux, one for the open Cha Cha for which she earned a TSS of 22.83 and another for the Fiesta Tango for which she racked up a TSS of 15.36.
Hudec competed in just one event in this year’s competition: The open Swing Dance. She and Devereaux finished in 2nd place with a TSS of 21.07, just 0.88 of a point away from leaders Erin Flood and Robert Knopf of the Skating Club of New York.
Binotto and Devereaux wrapped up Wednesday’s dances with a silver medal performance in the open Argentine Tango. They finished 2.64 points behind Isabelle Faust (WI FSC) and partner Jamie Whyte (DuPage FSC) who captured the gold.
For more information, including photos, results, blog posts, and event coverage from the 2012 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships, visit www.ice-dance.com and www.lakeplacidskating.com.