Thursday, October 25
Love It or Hate it? Skate America Ice Dance
I am digging the Germans' free dance. They are far from the most refined or graceful skaters, but this totally works. I only wish the changes of music wouldn't all have stand-still choreography.
As I noted in my short dance review, this program had all the potential in the world to be absolutely nauseating. I ended up feeling the opposite. Really enjoyable!
I wasn't sure if I just enjoyed the music at first or the program as a whole. Even with the mistakes and the overall lack of polish here, I am a fan of the program and the feeling they create. That balance lift in the middle is really awesome.
Let's be honest. Did anyone really find Bobrova/Soloviev remotely interesting before this season? I know I didn't. They showed up to Skate America as a huge surprise. Tanith Belbin addressed the issue of not understanding including Tosca in this program, but I think the version they chose fits with the theme of an artist going crazy. They're both really improved.
Love it. The last section screams Zoueva with all of the toe-pick choreography, but just look at how effortless everything seems!
Not feeling this. At all. It's kind of like a Ksenia Makarova 2012 season feeling for me. Completely awesome short dance, and then a total snooze of a free dance. I don't ever remember having such strong opposite feelings between short/long programs as I have in the last few seasons.
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