OT, but I love the name "Staci Loop!"
Good point, Pixie...though I don't agree with you about Leslie Browne in Turning Point. I thought she was very convincing at conveying a character, though certainly her character wasn't very deep, so her job wasn't too demanding. You're certainly right about Baryshnikov--what a Renaissance man! Both his acting and dancing style are so unadorned and naturalistic, extremely emotionally convincing. White Nights always delights me. It doesn't hurt that the guy is total eye candy, even today.
Originally Posted by Pixie Cut
Gee, maybe he could play the skating coach in the movie we're casting now! (Well, I'm casting one. Feel free to join me!) Too bad there isn't a skater with the electrical fizz of Ann-Margret, a fabulous actress who started out as an ingenue who could dance. I've seen Tara Lipinski act, and alas, she gave me the impression that she was reciting her lines.(Perhaps she's improved?) Maybe Sasha could convey some degree of sparkle. My suspicions are that Mao Asada would be a great little actress: she has that quicksilver face. As for men, don't Kulik and Yagudin have some acting aspirations and experience?
Sigh; this will take a bit more thought.
I would describe "World Class" as being skilled enough to represent your country at the World Championships or Olympic Games. IMHO, that's the highest elite level.
Originally Posted by gkelly
There are plenty of wonderful competitive skaters who dedicate years of their lives to conscientious, dedicated training to their sport, who never qualify for the above-mentioned competitions. They are still great skaters, of course, and I salute them!