Chan skated great. In particular, Chan has outstanding posture and carriage for a skater.
Skaters perform in big weighted boots on a slippery surface. Then propel themselves across the ice by thrusting forward. While gliding on an edge they cant to the side. You cannot display a dancer's open-chested carriage while skating. You cannot point your toes. You cannot get your leg straight up in heavy skates without a hand assist. Your arms must perform repeated balance checks, however awkward. You fall down a lot (something dancers never do.) The music cannot lie at the core of the performance because you are trying to eke out a quad, something you can barely accomplish at all, never mind doing it "musically."
It is just a different animal that needs to be judged on its own merits, not by comparison to the standards of other artistic disciplines.
Last edited by Mathman; 05-12-2011 at 07:48 AM.
skaters CAN point their toes--just not all the time. ask dick and he'll tell you all about sasha cohen. even non-balletic michelle kwan managed to, when she wanted to have a spiral that can compete with nicole bobek's, back in the 95-96 season. and i have seen plenty of dancers fall on stage, thank you NYCB and ABT for helping me to appreciate the heroic effort it takes to achieve the positions, leaps and balances dancers do.
that said, i see nothing wrong with two people with expertise in dance having different opinions on patrick chan. i'm sure if you ask two different former ballerinas they'll have different opinions of how important toe pointing and such is in a discipline so different from theirs. *goes and secretly cuts up mathman's newly arrived patrick chan fan club card*
Similarly, a skater can have good posture. But he cannot maintain a dancer's posture while stroking.
On the other hand, dancers may try to glide across the stage, but they can't do it like skaters can.
Sasha and Michelle "pointing their toes" would be laughed off the stage in a dance performance.
When Dick mentions skaters who "point their toes" in skating boots, it's a relative pointing of the toes. Compared to a dancer's toe-pointing, it looks ridiculous. Another dancer's comments that I've read explained that ALL skaters look like they have flexed feet to her no matter what, so she had to learn to appreciate figure skating by its own unique standards.
I don't dance nor figure skate, and I had the darnedest time trying to figure out what the heck pointed feet in figure skating were supposed to look like, because I had the same problem as the dancer I mentioned.
Edit: Compare Michelle's beautiful pointed-boot to this: http://mountingandcounting.files.wor...et_dancer1.jpg
Looks nothing alike.
Last edited by prettykeys; 05-12-2011 at 11:47 AM.
IIRC, i never said anything about pointing toes while stroking. i said skaters can point their toes, just not all the time.
thanks for that picture, but i said MK 95-96 for a reason. go back and look at romanza, especially skate canada '95. MK had already started to slack off toe pointing in the spirals as early as in the '99 'kissing you' program. it isn't intuitive to her, certainly not ingrained--it took effort and remembering and i think her attention to that aspect lapsed. just because i love MK doesn't mean i'm blind to deficiencies in her skating.
true, skaters cannot point toes in skating boots like dancers can in slippers, but to say they just can't, never, not at all, is to obliterate all gradations, wipe out all the greys and say, there's only black and white. to me, there is a point where not even making an effort to point one's toes creates a line that's sufficiently disruptive that it's unaesthetic, even ugly. surely you can see the difference between sasha's toe point vs. MK's , YNK's, even though none of them will pass for a dancer. i for one greatly appreciated the greater stretch and better toe-point in YNK's spiral in arirang--that moment had not only great emotional impact, because of the music and choreography, but also great beauty for me, because of the effort YNK made to improve stretch & toe-pointing in her spiral, though i've yet to see improvement in the layback foot position.
that said, MK is still my favorite, because it isn't just about striking positions, it's also about flow and emotional projection, among other things. i just find it odd hearing you make such a blanket statement, but i've said my piece. if you remain unconvinced, we'll agree to disagree.
Last edited by skfan; 05-12-2011 at 02:43 PM.
This is figure skating we are talking about. It's not the same as dancing.
Patrick Chan is fairly graceful for a skater, but he could do more with his carriage and choreography- he could especially use more wide-ranging choreography as many of his programs have the same range of expression.
Welcome, MoonlightSkater. Thanks for joining us.
My remarks were in response to the post by Ciocio (#718 above). Ciocio reported that he/she watched worlds with a group of “dancers, ballet dancers and choreographers” and that they found Patrick stiff, awkward, robotic, uncoordinated and with bad posture. They laughed at Patrick throughout his performance, and Ciocio him/herself “felt very embarrassed.”
My point was that it is not fair to measure one artistic discipline by the standards of another. Yes, a skater can point her toes, but she can’t point her toes like dancers do. You can achieve a wonderful arabesque position on the ice, but on the dance floor you can do this:
Here is an arabesque position in gymnastics:
It is not fair to laugh at the gymnast’s position by saying that it is not as good as the dancer's. (Especially since the gymnast is about to do some kind of furious tumbling cartwheeel sommersault thingy on a four-inch beam. )
Here is a super split jump.
We would be silly to demand this:
Last edited by Mathman; 05-17-2011 at 09:11 PM.
If I go to a Dance presentation, I expect to see Dance. When I go to a Figure Skating presentation, I expect to see acrobatic skating.
I can't really imagine a group of dancers, ballet teachers, choreographers laughing at a skater. Any of the above that I know maybe would like to see more dance-like positions or carriage here or there , but they absolutely have an appreciation of the skill and athleticism displayed by the skater..so I'm a bit at the original story , here.
No one laughs at a skater, but a dancer is not likely to switch slippers to blades.
There is much more freedom in dancing than in figure skating.
Regarding the original story, I pointed out that while Patrick Chan has good flow (and, for that, very good edges), his expression and carriage can be improved, and this is an area that dancers would immediately recognize. It is not unrealistic to expect him to be able to develop those qualities further, as it is possible to skate with an open back through footwork, choreography, spirals and edges, etc..., and we do judge skaters on their interpretation. I wouldn't laugh at his performance, but I can understand some criticism. Regarding those who laughed, though, I'd like to see them land a quad jump, even on the floor from two feet- there is a difference for you in which skating gets the advantage.
On a side note, Nastia's arabesques on beam were nice, but I have seen better in gymnastics. She was moving quickly through a position in an athletic manner. Holding an arabesque on toe is different. I have a lovely picture of Ana Porgras holding an arabesque on floor, but it's too small, pixel wise, to enlarge to a degree that would show up well in a forum. Also, I don't think I can post it until I have 25 posts here.
Perhaps we should start a separate thread somewhere to discuss the differences, similarities, and translation between these artistic sports and dance? Would there be interest in such a thread?