Young British ice dancer Sasha Fear, who trains at Queens and Slough ice rinks, has recently passed the Gold Star Free Dance test. At just 13 years old Sasha is most likely to be the youngest skater to have ever taken and passed the highest level test. On top of this she received a clean sweep of ‘Excellent’ grades for her components, and all positive grades of execution for the technical elements she performed.
We asked Sasha how she felt after passing this test. She said;
“It felt great to finish all of the tests and I was really excited to do it with the free dance that I skated at the British Solo Dance Championships – Phantom was by far my favourite solo dance routine.”
Sasha is the reigning British Junior Ladies Solo Dance Champion, and she and her ice dance partner Jack Osman compete for Great Britain as part of the Performance Squad. This season, Sasha and Jack were proud to bring home an international bronze medal from the Open Andorra.
Sasha took her test at Bracknell Ice Rink on 23rd February 2016 and her coach, Daniel Smith, was thrilled with her performance and the judges’ feedback. He said;
“It is a tremendous achievement to pass this test at any age, but at 13 years old it is a testament to the work ethic Sasha has shown since the very beginning. Her performance level exceeded anything I have seen of her and I was so proud. Now she has finished all of the tests she can really focus on her couples dance with Jack and on bringing her ice dancing up to world class level.”
Sasha and Jack are scheduled to go to the ISU Junior Ice Dance Development Seminar in April, after which they will be focussing on preparing for next year. We wish them the best of luck for future seasons.
Published: 8th March 2016