Local ice dancing teams 2-3 in worlds after short dance

The Detroit News

Ice dancing teams from the Detroit area are in second and third place after the short dance at the world figure skating championships in Boston.

Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani, the U.S. champions from Ann Arbor, are second with 74.70 points and Madison Chock and Evan Bates are third with 72.46 points. The Shibutanis train at Arctic Edge in Canton. Chock and Bates train at Novi Ice Arena.

“We were just excited to carry the momentum all the way through with this program from nationals all the way up to the world championships,” said Alex Shibutani, who was born in Boston.

Their short dance this season has proven to be the perfect fit for the siblings known for posting humorous videos on YouTube. In the comedic ballet “Coppelia,” they get to act out characters, with Maia as a dancing doll.

“It brings out our natural sibling chemistry,” Alex said. “The fun that we have off the ice has kind of been put into a competitive program for the first time, and that’s really exciting.”

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France lead after the short dance as they seek to defend their title. Papadakis and Cizeron scored 76.29 points.