Like subtlety in ice dancing
Do you feel like the SD failed as an experiment, ImaginaryPogue? This may actually be worth making a new topic, but I'm already here. I may well change my mind next season when I'm driven to polka my eardrums, but for now, I love the SD. It makes watching the pattern dance a lot less repetitive, while still being quite instructive in the skill level of different teams. It also makes the OD seem less extraneous than before. Plus, I really, really loved the rumba and latin rhythm this season. It's sexy, fun and features some of my favorite genres of music as well as my favorite styles in ballroom. While I don't think many teams succeeded in translating latin to ice, there are a few teams that did enough to make me watch their SDs over and over. And with most teams, I never felt like the rumba pattern intruded on the program at all. Personally, I think the SD is the fairest solution to bringing ice dance in line with the other disciplines in having two segments of the competition.