The Cha Cha Congelado was also the CD chosen for the JGP
Final, and Samuelson and Bates were happy with their
"When we went to the Final, we weren't really satisfied
with our performance and I think here we gave a much
stronger performance and we're very happy with the
score," said Bates. "It's a fast dance and there are a
lot of steps and not a lot of ice to fit them in. You
have to be deep, you have to be quick, and also maintain
speed and be on the music. So there's a lot of things
Both Samuelson and Bates enjoy skating to latin music.
"We worked a lot off-ice with a ballroom instructor,"
offered Bates. "Last year we had a latin free dance,
which, at Jr Worlds last year didn't go very well."
Gesturing toward his partner's dress, Bates said, "In
fact that's the dress. It's the same dress from the free
dance last year. We couldn't throw the dress away after
that." "We just thought it fit the character of the dance
of all the dresses I have," added Samuelson, regarding
the dress. "You spend so much money on dresses and
everything, and it's nice to re-use them."
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