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Behind-the-scenesDecember 2020 - Present
Hello from Diane and Sabina! As figure skaters who enjoy anime, we thought it’d be cool to combine the two. The result -- Anime on Ice! We’re excited to share all of our performances and the behind-the-scenes of our creative endeavors on our new website. Check it out!
One Step CloserDecember 2019
Overcoming challenges requires healing the pain of the past, as well as growing from the burdens of the present. It can be extremely discouraging because results are often unnoticeable when we are most desperate to see them. However, we must believe that each step taken will lead us in a better direction. Skating to a song called “One Step Closer” from the anime Fruits Basket, Diane and Sabina acknowledge that healing is hard and growth is gradual, but despite any discouraging moments, we are strong enough to keep moving forward, one step at a time.
Sometimes we may feel surrounded by walls that prevent us from living on our own terms. For Sabina, it's finding her passions in the face of personal and societal expectations. For Diane, it's being able to care for the people she loves without losing herself. For Flora, it's self-doubt and fear that she's not enough. Their piece, set to the song “Barricades” from the anime Attack on Titan, is about finding the courage and motivation to break through these walls and live free.
Together from AfarMarch 2019
To wrap up the exhibition, we have a group closing number to the song, "Together from Afar", from the animated movie, How to Train Your Dragon 3. We'd like to say farewell to the seniors who are graduating as well as those who are leaving MIT, and thanks to everyone who watched our spring exhibition!
Representing the MIT Figure Skating Club, Sabina took 3rd place in the Senior Ladies Short Program at Carnegie Cup 2018. The competition was hosted by Carnegie Mellon University as part of the US Northeast Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team Competition. Sabina skated to "The System Holds Justice at Gunpoint" by Yugo Kanno, from the Psycho Pass OST.
Skating to the song "King" by Lauren Aquilina, this piece expresses the difficulties of overcoming trials and believing in oneself. This was the first time Sabina performed a solo since 2014. Special thanks to Diane Zhou, Elin Schran, the MIT Figure Skating Club, and her friends, for believing in her, even when she didn't have the strength to believe in herself. Thanks everyone for encouraging her to proudly skate once more.
Psycho PassMarch 2018
We each view the world through our own lenses, shaped by our personal experiences and the stories we hear. Is there a universal moral compass that we can use to judge others and ourselves, or are we doomed to face conflict when we meet people too different from us? Skating to the main theme from the anime Psycho Pass, Diane and Sabina present their fourth duet together, exploring the difficulty of understanding and accepting one another.
In the grind of everyday life, expectations and uncertainty weigh us down. Sometimes they overwhelm us so much that we can’t enjoy life for fear of disappointing ourselves and the people we care about. Skating to a song called “Nirvana” from the anime Noragami, Diane and Sabina seek moments of bliss in the face of doubt and anxiety by learning to appreciate the present, despite worries for the future.
We have all, at some point in our lives, experienced self-discovery and self-doubt. We seek answers to our inner thoughts and emotions, learn things about ourselves that we are initially afraid to believe, and hopefully come to embrace a truer version of ourselves. Skating to a song called "Unravel" from the anime Tokyo Ghoul, Diane and Sabina journey on the oftentimes scary, yet invigorating path towards self-acceptance.
Friend ADecember 2016
Friendships come and go, each shaping us in different ways. Some leave us with fond memories, others with tough lessons. Perhaps the most special friend is the one who lifts us up during our darkest hours. Skating to “Friend A” from the anime, Your Lie in April, Diane and Sabina express a friendship built not only on blissful moments, but also on supporting each other through difficult times.