The CD here at NHK is again the Tango Romantica (description below).
The time locally in Japan is 14:25:00 on November 6th. The local time according to the ISU is GMT + 9.
Here's the starting order:
WARMU UP GROUP 1
1 Jane SUMMERSETT / Todd GILLES USA
Jane and Todd 28.81 (4th) in the Golden Waltz at Finlandia. Their top CD score on the ISU web site is 27.50 at 2008 Skate America.
2 Allie HANN-MCCURDY / Michael CORENO CAN
This is the first competition outside Canada this year for Allie and Michael that I am aware of. Their all time high score in the CD from the ISU website is 34.39 at Budapest Junior Grand Prix 2004.
3 Cathy REED / Chris REED JPN
There best ever CD per the ISU was 28.16 at the 2008 World Championships.
4 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS
This is the first appearance outside Russia this year for the 2007 Jr World Champions that I am aware of. Their best ever ISU CD score was 35.52 at the 2007 World Junior Championships
5 Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENG CHN
They scored 27.87 (8th) at Cup of China in the Golden Waltz. Their best ever ISU scored CD was 34.13 at Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 2004
Warm-Up Group 2
6 Lucie MYSLIVECKOVA / Matej NOVAK CZE
Scored 28.08 at Rostelecom Cup in the Tango Romantica (6th). Their best ever ISU score was 30.79 at JGP Czech Skate 2008
7 Anna ZADOROZHNIUK / Sergei VERBILLO UKR
Scored 29.43 at Cup of China in the Golden Waltz. They have not skated the TR this year on the GP or at Nebelhorn. Their best ever ISU scored Cd was 31.28 at the 2008 European Championships.
8 Vanessa CRONE / Paul POIRIER CAN
They scored 29.94 at Rostelecom Cup in the Tango Romantica (4th). Their best ever ISU Cd score was 33.71 at the 2008 Junior World Championships.
9 Sinead KERR / John KERR GBR
The CD at TEB was the Golden Waltz. The Kerrs were second in the CD with a score of 36.13. That was their best ever ISU CD score. We haven't seen Sinead and John skate the TR this year on the GP or at Nebelhorn.
10 Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE USA
Charlie and Meryl scored their best ever CD score in the Tango Romantica at Rostelecom Cup: 37.87 (1st) and 37.65 (1st) at Nebelhorn in theTango Romantica
A quick review of the Tango Romantica:
Ice-dance.com has the correct descriptions and layout of the dance:
[Step Chart One]
[Step Chart Two]
Music - Tango 4/4
Temp - 28 measures of 4 beats per minute; 112 beats per minute
Pattern - Optional
Duration - The time required to skate 2 sequences is 1:43 min
The dance was invented by Ludmilla Pakhomova, Alexander Gorshkov and Elena Tchaikovskaya."This is a romantic sinuous dance which expresses the soft, lyrical interpretive characteristics of the Tango. It must be skated with deep edges. Foot and body movements must be deliberate and convey a sense of dignity approaching arrogance. Very erect carriage, precise timing, and continuous flow must be maintained. The difficulty of the steps should not be revealed in awkward or stressed upper body positions. Finally, coordination of free leg movements is essential to avoid a tangled, confused effect."
First Performance - Moscow, 1974
To see good performances of this dance:
Linichuk & Karponosov, Olympics 1980
Klimova & Ponomarenko, Worlds 1992