Award subcommitteeThis subcommittee consists of the President of the PSA, Executive Director, National Education Director, selected members of the media, and PSA professionals. Committee members will be present at Nationals and will review every performance at Junior and Senior level, long and short programs.
CriteriaOne winner is chosen from each category in Men’s, Ladies, Pairs, Dance, and Synchronized Skating. Selection will be based on performance, not placement and will not necessarily reflect the best technical skater.
Elements ConsideredArtistry, Charisma/Appeal, Balance, Originality ,Drama/Emotion, Music, Costuming, Humor, Showmanship, Quality, Theme, Technical Ability.
Determining the winners
Votes are tabulated by the executive director’s office. The winners are determined by majority vote. Winners are announced and honored in PS Magazine.
PRESS RELEASE: March 8, 2016 – The Professional Skaters Association is pleased to announce the winners of the EDI Awards for Best Performance at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the 2016 Synchronized Skating Championships.
One winner was chosen from each category; Men’s, Ladies, Pairs, Dance and Synchronized Skating to honor and recognize the outstanding efforts of these skaters.
The award is based on the "total performance" with an eye to costuming, presentation, music selection, choreography, style, and technique.
Winners were determined by a committee present at nationals that reviewed all long and short programs at the junior and senior levels for each discipline.
The following are the winners of the 2016 Best Performances at a national championship:
2016 U.S. Championships in Saint Paul, MN
Best Female Performance
Gracie Gold – Championship Free Skate
PSA Coaches – Frank Carroll
Choreographer – Lori Nichol
Music selection - Selections from “The Firebird “by Igor Stravinsky
Costume designer - Josiane Lamond
Best Male Performance
Nathan Chen – Championship Free Skate
PSA Coaches – Rafael Arutyunyan, Vera Arutyunyan, Nadezda Kanaeva
Choreographer - Nikolai Morozov
Music selection - "Symphony No.3" by Camille Saint-Saens
Costume designer - Elena Pollack
Best Pair Performance
Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea – Championship Free Skate Program
PSA Coaches – Jim Peterson and Amanda Evora
Choreographer – Jim Peterson
Music Selection - "Music of the Night" Michael Crawford, Barbara Streisand
Costume Designer - Dawn Imperatore, Tarah Kayne
Best Dance Performance
Maia and Alex Shibutani - Championship Free Dance
PSA Coaches – Marina Zoueva, Massimo Scali
Choreographer – Peter Tchernyschev, Marina Zoueva, Massimo Scali
Music Selection – “Fix You” by Coldplay
Costume Designer – Maia Shibutani, D. Gschwendtner