It seems to me that the ladies programs are music selections that emphasize a balletic or graceful movement with the occasional jazzy or sexy program thrown in. In other words, you won't find to many selections like Tonya Harding's early programs. I just don't think that this style is a good look for all of the skaters. It just seems that edgy, power driven or peppy music is not encouraged for whatever reason or prejudice.
I may not be describing this very well, so here are a couple of skaters that come to my mind: Irina Slutskaya and Sarah Hughes. While their skating skills have improved over the seasons, I think the opera/classic look just emphasizes the wrong things and makes them look sloppy at times. They have obviously done well on the international scene, but would they have done better with different basis of music selection?
My favorite Irina programs are from 1997-1998. Once 1998-1999 season came around, she started using more of the opera selections and I have found it harder to stay interested in her programs. I would love to see another short like the Piano Waltz. Her music selections in 97/98 had a lot of life and energy and just seemed to suit her personality and style better.
I thought Sarah's best program was Fosse. It hid a multitude of problem, but the majority of her programs have been from ballets.
I hope this helps explain what's in my head a little better. That information just doesn't always translate well to others. :lol: Anyway let me know what you think. What skaters have not picked the best music selections for their skating style?