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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonichelle View Post
    Chris - hip hop is not a dance for rap. it can go with R&B and Pop as well... which is what we already hear in ice rinks...

    I think Stephanie and Dai are exceptions to the rule, not a good depiction of what we will get with this idea for the SD... If I'm proven wrong then it will be a positive
    Toni, OK, what does "Pop" mean to you? Barry Manilow? I like him...did you know his music is being played in parks in Australia to keep out unwanted tough kids at night?
    I guess looking at the ISU examples I am not seeing Barry Manilow.....but you did say something very interesting....at US events during wait periods I keep hearing "Save a horse, ride a cowboy."
    That's pretty sexy...is that Hip-hop?

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    I really like rap/hip-hop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteChris View Post
    Toni, OK, what does "Pop" mean to you? Barry Manilow? I like him...did you know his music is being played in parks in Australia to keep out unwanted tough kids at night?
    Barry Manilow was pop in his era, Pop is short for "Popular Music". It's not rock, it's not country, it's not R&B or Rap, it's just stuff teens listen to I suppose. Actually I think he might qualify as Easy Listening in any era. I'm not a Fannilow.

    I guess looking at the ISU examples I am not seeing Barry Manilow.....but you did say something very interesting....at US events during wait periods I keep hearing "Save a horse, ride a cowboy."
    That's pretty sexy...is that Hip-hop?
    No, Save a Horse, Ride A Cowboy is not Hip-Hop, it's a Country Song, however you can do a hip-hop routine to it (in their music video they had hip hop dancers). You're confusing a genre of dance (Hip Hop) with a genre of Music... while there is a "hip-hop" genre of music (a mix of R&B and Rap is the best way I can describe it...) but in this case I think we're talking dance style.



    I really don't see the travesty some people make Hip Hop out to be... http://youtu.be/emy9R7zxAlg
    http://youtu.be/czcpQyI-MH8 http://youtu.be/nUhu3AhHwEg

    The only thing I can't see working is the harder hitting/popping & locking, but I'm willing to be surprised... if not it's going to be really awkward.
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    The only problem with hiphop as an ice dance is that it will work best during lifts, twizzles, and a not touching step sequence---which is the SD outside of the blues CD sequences. The close holds during transitions that you should have will be tricky to incorporate.

    I think of hiphop as single dancers or same sex groups, so it doesn't spring to mind that a couple would be doing it.

    Here's what I generally picture hiphop dancing to be:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccU3WSsTyNs

    Or this cute 8 year old:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUPSQYmZqZs

    However, Here's the winners from New Zealand of an international hiphop contest.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmlpkoJZWYg

    Here's the Poreotix from the US, who use a variety of music in their routine, check out the changes after the 4 min mark:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u7zw...related#t=240s

    One thing you won't see in a hiphop routine-balletic posture, turnout, pointed toes

    I think it's a good thing the ISU picked hiphop-it makes the point that there are other dances than pseudo ballet versions of ballroom.

    As Dick & Peggy agree in Stephanie Rosenthal's SP 2006 to Rockit, it makes for interesting footwork

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rnkku5aJzZM

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    Thanks Doris, I bow down to your ability to find interesting clips for us. I can hardly wait to see which junior teams actually use hip hop, and I'm trying to imagine the music cuts...hmm. It is potentially a sensational combination and feel much less anticipation when I think of blues and swing for juniors.

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    I agree with Doris about hip hop not being used in any touching dance sequences...
    as a former dancer, the hardest thing about hip hop is hitting your movements on the specified beat, which means that on ice, you can't "glide" from movement to movement. It may be possible to use hip hop in a sbs step sequence, however that's take a lot of work b/c a lot of hip hop movement is about action/reaction and how the body moves in relation to a step into another. That's actually what make hip hop unique...no one does it the same way, which proves to be a problem when choreograph and want two ice dancers to look the same on the ice. Hip Hop in any-type of "close-hold" sequence (i.e. where they are moving across the ice together but doing difference movement) just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. There's too many changes of directions and movement in and out (with your whole body) that having ice dancers dance close together will cause accidents even if they are not really touching. I think the best example of hip hop on ice is by far Daisuke Takahashi's SP form 07-08, but just watching him during his step sequences and imagine another skater doing similar movements across the ice right next to him...there's just tooo many places where one dancers could hit another/skates will get tangled.
    I like the idea of "updating" ice dance...but hip hop seems like a tall order for junior teams if they want to pursue it.

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    I would LOVE to see some of this style of hip hop translated on the ice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyG8E...eature=related

    I find it sad that people will judge something before seeing it. Any style of music or dance has potential to be wonderful and beautiful, or even if it is ugly, but meant to be ugly, as long as it is felt and understood, that is what art is about. Of course some will fail at portraying something well, but for those that do it well, that is all that matters. I hate most modern architecture, but when it is well done, it can be breathtaking. To me figure skating is an art, not only a sport, and to be presented with more options to be creative can only be a positive thing, even with the sometimes awkward results.

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    The trick will be how to transfer a staccato style of movement into gliding on ice. Those who can make it work should be rewarded.

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    If rock and blues can be adapted to ice dancing, why not hip hop? Rock and blues has far less of in terms of dance traditions and culture compared to hip hop. Hip hop has a vast and diverse vocabulary of dance and movement styles. A lot of which won't be applicable to figure skating, but some of which will be. A lot of the basic footwork in the toprock part of breakdancing could be translated to ice dancing footwork.

    And yes, as far as I know, there's no big tradition of continued holds in hip hop dancing. But so what? That just gives skating choreographers room to make up their own. While it will require more imagination than it took to adapt the tango or the waltz to ice dancing, there's also no way to go wrong. Someone will come up with something that looks good, I hope, and it'll take off!

    My only worry is that skating judges really aren't educated in properly judging hip hop. The memo that the ISU sent out to explain hip hop came with a bunch of youtube video links as examples of what hip hop dancing could look like, and I was pained to note that they were all from various iterations of So You Think You Can Dance. For various reasons, the hip hop done in the competitive numbers on those shows aren't particularly authentic, not remotely representative of the variety of hip hop dancing out there, far too brief, far too reliant on big, showy tricks and most of the dancers doing them aren't very good at the style. If this is all the primer the judges are getting on hip hop dancing then they are seriously missing out. The ISU should've started with the basics, like the toprock video I linked above. There are lots of simple but fundamental moves that would do a proper job of capturing hip hop dancing, but they won't be found in 30 second pop jazz numbers from a reality competition show.

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    The ISU has always lusted after SYTYCD and DWTS type popularity for the SD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    The ISU has always lusted after SYTYCD and DWTS type popularity for the SD.
    Speaking of Dancing with the Stars, an interesting "proof" that hip-hop doesn't lend itself to couples dancing is in this beautiful exhibition dance done on the show, in which the male dancers generally do hip-hop, while the female dancers do more modern dance style. When they dance together, the mix is intriguing, to say the least. This dance is to my mind a glorious metaphor for "opposites attract." (The fact that it's done to one of my favorite songs, "Stand by Me," is a plus.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D8BuNagnWw

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    The ISU has always lusted after SYTYCD and DWTS type popularity for the SD.
    Very much so. It's just plain lazy/silly to use SYTYCD competition clips to explain a newly added dance style. Imagine if tango was being added now, and instead of focusing on people who've been doing it for years, using videos where they patiently explain the basic nitty gritties of the style, the ISU memo includes only videos of Cloris Leachman doing the tango on a TV show! The ISU needs to remember they're in charge of an Olympic sport, where hard work, expertise and fundamentals should be emphasized. Perhaps they think that because hip hop dancing is such a visible part of popular culture, it's something superficial that anybody can affect without much study. But of course there's a lot more to it than that. And really, it's the many basic parts of hip hop that need to be studied and integrated into ice dancing if something truly new and exciting is to be created in the discipline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonichelle View Post
    I like the ISU CD for Yankee Polka!!!!!

    here's TanBen's Sexy Back... it wasn't sexy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87QB_hFYstA
    I think I need to see a therapist after this.....

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