CD and OD rhythms
Hi everyone, I am new (although I have been lurking for a few months). I hope that it is not too presumptuous of me for my first post to be a new thread.
I was wondering whether the ISU has ever used Baroque dances such as the courante, sarabande, gavotte, gigue, minuet, etc. for a compulsory or original dance.
Also does anyone know if much world music - for example gamelan, Japanese taiko drums, or Andean folk music - has been used in skating?
The japanese taiko drums have certainly been used in the skating - Elvis Stojko did famously have a program which used them and i believe uk ice dancers Sinead and John Kerr have skated to taiko drums too but i can't rememebr when.
Originally Posted by Fredegunda
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Hi, Fredegunda, thanks for joining us and welcome!
I am far from a music expert, but here's my two cents. I am not sure how Baroque dances like the sarabande would translate to the ice. But the music is wonderful. It would be a cool choice for singles skating, IMHO.
About the gamelan, that would really be taking a chance. Music not based on the traditional European scales takes a lot of getting used to, for Western audiences (and judges). I think it would be very difficult for a skater to give an authentic "interpretation" that would not come off as merely a gimmick.
In my heart, I'm actually Canadian....
The only dances the ISU has ever approved for compolsury/OD/set pattern rhythms are basically waltzes, foxtrots, sambas, polkas, rhumbas, et al -- essentially the basic ballroom repertoire, in keeping with the concept that Dance is essentially to be "ballroom on ice".
As of 1980 (the year the source material I am currently looking at was published, which has the clearest list of this type), the compolsury dances were the Viennese Waltz (invented 1934), Yankee Polka (1969), Blues (1934), Westminster Waltz (1938), Paso Doble (1938), Rhumba (1938), Starlight Waltz (1963), Kilian (1909), Tango Romantica (1974), Ravensburger Waltz (1973), Quickstep (1938), and Argentine Tango (1938). There are other dances, basically in the same vein, that have come along since, and others in the same vein that have been discarded pre-1980 and perhaps since then.
It is my understanding, tho I never saw the program, that Canadians Jacqueline Petr and Mark Janoschak used some variation of baroque dances in a free dance they did in the early 90s.
Another good taiko drum program was done by Kyoko Ina and Jason Dungjien, and I believe that they too used it in the 97-98 season, the same season Elvis used his. I've never seen one done to Andean music, tho I think it would be a terrific musical choice, along with traditional Romanian folk music. I would like to see more skaters delve into the "world music" genre, actually; there's a lot of great stuff out there if you know where to look.