Natalie D'Alessandro (born June 16, 2004) is a Canadian ice dancer. With her partner, Bruce Waddell, she is the 2019 Canadian national junior bronze medalist, the 2019 JGP Italy silver medalist, and a 2020 Winter Youth Olympics bronze medalist in the team event.
D'Alessandro at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics
|Born||June 16, 2004|
|Home town||Toronto, Ontario|
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Coach||Andrew Hallam, Tracy Wilson, Joey Russell|
|Former coach||Siobhan Karam, Patty Cranston|
|Skating club||Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club|
|Former skating club||Granite Club|
|Training locations||Toronto, Ontario|
|ISU personal best scores|
2019 JGP Italy
2019 JGP Italy
2020 Winter Youth Olympics
D'Alessandro has two brothers. She enjoys photography and baking.
Both D'Alessandro and Bruce Waddell trained as singles skaters at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, and initially tried out as a dance team at the suggestion of the TCC's dance coach, Andrew Hallam. D'Alessandro/Waddell were pre-novice champions at the 2016 Skate Canada Challenge, and then won the novice title at the 2017 Canadian Championships. Making their international debut as a dance team, they placed fourth at the 2017 Bavarian Open in the advanced novice division.
2017–18 season: Junior debutEdit
D'Alessandro/Waddell were assigned by Skate Canada to make their debut on the ISU Junior Grand Prix, with one assignment to the 2017 JGP Australia in Brisbane. Placing sixth, Waddell commented that the international competition made them "more nervous than usual." Competing at the 2018 Canadian Junior Championships, they placed eighth.
2018–19 season: Junior national bronzeEdit
Given two assignments on the Junior Grand Prix, D'Alessandro/Waddell were fourth at the 2018 JGP Austria and sixth at the 2018 JGP Canada, the latter held in Richmond, British Columbia. Competing at the 2019 Canadian Junior Championships, they won the bronze medal.
2019–20 season: First JGP medalEdit
Again assigned to two events on the Junior Grand Prix, D'Alessandro/Waddell began the season at the 2019 JGP Latvia, where they placed fourth, missing the bronze medal by 0.68 points after sitting in third after the rhythm dance. At their second event, the 2019 JGP Italy, they won the silver medal, the highest colour of medal won by a Canadian dance team on the Junior Grand Prix that season. D'Alessandro commented afterward "seeing your name on the podium with the Canadian flag next to it is a pretty cool feeling."
D'Alessandro/Waddell won the gold at the 2020 Skate Canada Challenge. This would be their final domestic competition of the season, as they were assigned as part of the Canadian delegation to the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne, which both had had as a longtime goal. Competing in the ice dance event in Lausanne, D'Alessandro/Waddell placed third in the rhythm dance despite encountering level issues on several elements. These continued in the free dance, where they placed fifth, and dropped to fourth place overall, 0.91 points behind bronze medalists Wolfkostin/Chen. Waddell said after "there were a few technical errors but I definitely still had a blast." They subsequently won a bronze medal in the team event.
Skate Canada assigned D'Alessandro/Waddell to one of Canada's three berths at the 2020 World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, and also to compete at the 2020 Bavarian Open in the junior division. They won the bronze medal, narrowly behind fellow Canadians Bronsard/Bouaraguia. D'Alessandro/Waddell finished the season at the World Junior Championships, where they placed eleventh, narrowly behind the other Canadian teams competing, Bronsard/Bouraguia and Makita/Gunara.
|Season||Rhythm dance||Free dance|
JGP: Junior Grand Prix
|International: Advanced novice|
|Canadian Champ.||1st N||8th J||3rd J||[a]|
|SC Challenge||1st P||1st N||10th J||7th J||1st J|
|Youth Olympics||3rd T|
| TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew |
Levels: P= Pre-Novice; N = Novice; J = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.
- Event conflict with the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics.
|International: Advanced novice|
|Coupe du Printemps||3rd|
|Canadian Champ.||3rd N||14th J||9th J|
|SC Challenge||3rd P||11th N||11th J||28th J||14th J|
|Levels: P = Pre-Novice; N = Novice; J = Junior|
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- "Lajoie and Lagha win third straight junior title 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships". Skate Canada. January 16, 2019.
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- Daignault, Louis (October 5, 2019). "Kaiya Ruiter shows big improvement in second ISU Junior Grand Prix appearance". Skate Canada.
- Daignault, Louis (December 1, 2019). "Madeline Schizas emerges as women's champion at 2020 Skate Canada Challenge". Skate Canada.
- Daignault, Louis (January 11, 2020). "Canadian ice dancers open Youth Olympics with strong performances". Skate Canada.
- Daignault, Louis (January 13, 2020). "D'Alessandro and Waddell one point short of the podium". Skate Canada.
- "Canadian ice dancers shine at Bavarian Open". Skate Canada. February 9, 2020.
- "ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships Results – Junior Ice dance". International Skating Union.
- "Natalie D'ALESSANDRO / Bruce WADDELL". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 7, 2019.
- "Natalie D'ALESSANDRO / Bruce WADDELL". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 23, 2017.
- "Natalie D'ALESSANDRO / Bruce WADDELL: Competition Results". International Skating Union.
- "Natalie D'Alessandro". Stats on Ice.