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The Diva in Ice Dance
Is it necessary for a female skater to be a diva for a dance team to be successful? How many divas are there? Also, are there any teams where the female is not a diva that have been successful? And--are there teams out there that should drop the diva act, and just skate?
For me, I don't think it is necessary for a female to be a diva for the team to be successful. In fact, I don't really see Tessa Virtue as much of a diva. I find myself watching Scott more. The same with Cappelini. I don't see diva in her, but, they haven't had as much success as V/M. Jayne Torvill also never seemed diva-ish to me, and there are some other teams where both male and female take their turn in the spotlight, thereby not needing a diva (Punsalan/Swallow, Davis/White) However, there were multitudes of teams where the female was clearly a diva (Usova/Zhulin, Bestemianova/Bukin, Belbin/Agosto, Navka/Kostamarov, Fusar-Poli/Margaglio, Grischuk/Platov, Khoklova/any partner).
And, for me, I really really think Kaitlyn Weaver should drop trying to be a diva and just skate. Something about her doesn't scream diva to me. Like her coach, Shae Lynn, she is better off just skating. In fact, I thought when Shae Lynn attempted to diva it up, her team suffered.
Very off-topic, but there is one team in the world to me, where the male was the diva, and she was most often supporting (Lang/Tchernyshev).
Seems to me it was more of a Russian thing but i could be wrong.
Federica Faiella is definitely a diva, as was Barbara Fusar-Poli. Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat were both divas.
I don't think either Tanith or Ben were divas... though Linichuk tried to get Tanith to be... it just wasn't their style...
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Toni, sometimes I think when a coach forces that, it just doesn't work. It didn't work for them (like it's not working for Weaver/Poje). Maybe there are other teams who are not portraying the "diva" that should?
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
I don't think being a diva can help winning a title. However I don't see why one team should drop that attitude or on the other hand why the coach or whoever should force a girl to take that attitude. A diva-ish skater could be fun to watch, but there shouldn't be a rule that to be succesfull you should be diva-ish. Also one can decide to play the diva in some performances and in other not.
One of the best skater doing the diva IMO is Tatyana Navka.
Unfortunately Barbara Fusar Poli sometimes was really annoying. IMO it really depends from case to case!
Nope, you don't need to be a diva to make it in ice dancing to the very top, as what you do with your feet counts the most. Deep, secure edges, pointed toes, keep your feet in synch with your partner are critical, diva attitude, not so much
Originally Posted by blue dog