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Yan Liu and Jialiang Wu Make a Connection With David Wilson

In late July, China’s reigning singles champions, Yan Liu and Jialiang Wu, arrived in Toronto to have new programs crafted by David Wilson.

It was an exciting adventure for the Beijing residents and also for Wilson, who described the experience of working with both skaters as a revelation. “They are these understated skaters with so much talent,” he said.

Wilson’s philosophy is not to have his students imitate his steps or his choreography so they look like him, but for each one to try and find something within themselves through the music they are skating to. And that, he said, is exactly what Liu and Wu did.

But there comes a time when enough is enough. “All work and no play makes for a very dull day,” said the fun-loving Wilson.

In keeping with that mantra, Wilson organized what he described as a "field trip." One gorgeous Saturday afternoon in early August he organized an adventure so that the Chinese delegation could experience a taste of Toronto life. And just to make it more fun, he invited Yu-Na Kim.

Wilson arranged a wild water adventure on a fast moving boat called the “Shark Attack,” which flew around the harbor and surrounding islands at an amazing speed. Halfway through the trip, it began to rain. But no one complained. It was an adventure!

Here are some exclusive images from that fun-filled afternoon.