how long does it take to choreograph a program and for skaters to learn them? i was watching anna's rise like a phoenix ex at skate canada and thought the program was created really quickly considering how recent the song was at that time. also some skaters have 5+ programs a season, how do they remember all the choreographies??
Depends on the skater and choreographer, but initial choreo sessions might last 1-2 weeks, give or take. I’ve heard of programs being made in as little as 3 days. It depends on how much time the skater and choreographer spend together every day; choreographers sometimes have many appointments with skaters at once. Skaters often tweak parts of their choreo throughout a season, as well. As for how long it takes to learn a program, that also depends on the skater. Some are faster than others but most skaters probably need a month or two to settle into their competitive programs, and obviously they become more comfortable as the season goes on. Anna would’ve had plenty of time to choreograph and learn her exhibition, given that the song came out months before she performed it. Skaters with lots of programs just…practice them a lot. Most exhibitions don’t have very complex choreo, anyway.