Yeah, that OD sorta looks like something frathouse boys would put together at random. Very odd.
The leaves coming out of Oksana'a boots and bra were a bit odd.
And fo some reason I can't figure out, the lyrics remind me a bit of the hamster dance (whistle stop by roger miller):
However, it's always nice to see a team tackling something unusual. It still looks a bit rough and much slower than they usually are. They have some work to do before Euros.
i know they are trying to be unique and different and not use an eastern european theme or a western theme....but they just fail at interpretation.
the antithesis to this failure is davis and white - well crafted and authentic....at least it feels comfortable and authentic.
they need a major miracle to catch up to the other more seasoned teams
Well, D/S training their FD. I am hating the costumes and the overall look. They are clearly not in shape right now. But it is a very dramatic program and I see some potential.
You can see the closeup of the costumes here. Disaster!!!
From the Associated Press (who does not generally cover ice dance)
Davis-White's Bollywood-style OD a hit in India
By NANCY ARMOUR (AP) – 3 days ago
It's certainly more authentic than:Meryl Davis and Charlie White's unique, Indian-themed original dance is a hit all over the globe, with people from Michigan to Mumbai — many of whom don't know the first thing about ice dancing — raving about the program and forwarding videos of it to family and friends. One video alone on YouTube has racked up over 210,000 views, astronomical numbers for a figure skating program.
Videos of programs are posted all the time, but they're usually only of interest to skating fans. Somehow, though, Davis and White's OD began circulating among people in India or with ties to South Asia.
Check the statistics on the OD videos that have been posted on YouTube, and most of the views are by people in India. The program is mentioned on several Web sites celebrating Indian culture. Some of Rajendra's [their Indian dance trainer who helped with the choreo] own friends even got e-mails from people in India, telling them they had to check out these American ice dancers.
Like most winter sports, skating isn't very big in India. But people there were impressed — and proud — that American skaters were showcasing their culture.
"This is the new world......of globalization! I am so proud of my heritage! way to go!!," one person who watched the video on YouTube wrote.
"It makes me feel good that something Indian is being shown," said Dr. Shekar Pushpala, a doctor in Indianapolis who was sent the video by a friend in India.
By the end of October, eight or nine people had sent Usman Ahmed links to the video, urging him to post it on his "My Life is Desi" Web site, which is devoted to South Asian culture.
"It's just the fact that the South Asian culture is now blending in," Ahmed said of the enthusiastic reaction. "When people who are not South Asian are doing something related to that, it becomes a big deal.
"They had to go do a lot of research," he added. "It was really nice, seeing that."
P&B skating in cowboy outfits to a pop song written by John Denver which is about Appalachia, not about the West/cowboys, and which does not include any authentic moves.
Last edited by dorispulaski; 12-26-2009 at 10:07 AM.
pls don't tell them it is kathak, then they would remain a fan of teh dance. and as you can see from article they believe it is some kind of tribute to Bollywood, rather than Kathak. till now i am yet to see any big (or small)TV news channel cover this news, but may get some coverage towards the olympics.
Most indians wouldn't even know such a sports exist (true for most winter sports), and tv coverage is very minimal. but for last one or two years ESPN have been showing the US nationals like 1 or two months after the events, mostly in the middle of the night..etc(i am told they have shown 2009 us nationals couple of times). And indians do get very excited when they see anything remotely indian shown by outsiders....
i too like the dance, but feel they are doing justice to the dance they claim to be doing on multiple levels.
Thank you for posting all the DomShabs videos! I think the OD is interesting and has potential, but they need to hit every beat for it to work, and it's clear that they aren't in shape yet. And they must BURN those costumes. I know it's difficult to have costumes that are in character for this kind of dance that don't look too outlandish, but they need to tone it down IMO. Because otherwise many will not even notice what they do on the ice and just focus on their outfit. Costumes should enhance a performance, not be a distraction.
What you can see of the FD is cool IMO. Costumes could be better, with cleaner lines, but they're not the disaster that the OD ones are. Relieved that Requiem for a Dream is really just a small part of the music, feared they would skate to basically the same cuts either C/L or P/B use.
It sounds weird to me that Europeans and Americans are discussing about how authentic this aboriginal and Indian dance could be.
Let's think about the difference of these 2 couples in technique, skating skills and choreography.
That is what matters. I still have a bad feeling the worse one could get higher.
In the present stage, I think also a bronze-medal at the Oly could be an unfair huge GIFT to D/S, which can endanger the sport ro remain in the Olympic program....Not even mentioning how to be on the same page of the history together with Pahomova/Gorshkov, Grischchuk/Platov, Torvill/Dean, Klimova/Ponomarenko, Anissina/Peizerat or Bestemianova/Bukin with THIS ability to perform honest emotions and good tecnique...
The more I watch that OD, the more I am convinced that Lynichuk is genius!!! I think the program is brilliant. Once the initial shock wears off and you forget about poor quality of this particular skate, you notice so many choreographic details which executed well could make them stand out among everything we have this year.