Bleh! Or we get to hear Katy Perry...
^ I would worry that it would start to be like those pro shows where they have a live singer. The skating is an afterthought.
That is sometimes the case even with instrumental music. When a skater takes on Bach's Toccata and Fugue I usually find myself thinking, I wish that distraction would get off the ice so I can listen to the sumptuous music. There is a reason why ballet music does not feature singing -- the dance is the thing!
What caught my first attention are
1. One foot skating is no more a Level feature for Step Sequence.
2. GOE guideline for Choreographic sequences:
Half of the quality points are on "artistry".1) good flow, energy and execution
2) good speed or acceleration during sequence
3) good clarity and precision
4) good control and commitment of whole body
5) creativity and originality
6) effortless throughout
7) reflecting concept/character of the program
8) element matched to the musical structure
I don't find the BV for Choreographic Sequence.Choreographic Sequences consist of any kind of movements such as steps, turns, spirals, arabesques, spread eagles, Ina Bauers, hydroblading, transitional (unlisted) jumps, spinning movements etc. A Choreographic Sequence for Ladies/Pairs must include at least one spiral (not a kick) of any llenght (by both partners for Pairs). The Sequence commences with the first move and is concluded with the last move of the skater. The pattern is not restricted, but the Sequence must fully utilize the ice surface. If this requirement is not fulfilled, the Sequence will have no value. The Choreographic Sequence is included in Free Skating and for Singles has to be performed after the step sequence. The choreographic Sequence has a base value and will be evaluated by the judges in GOE only.
I wonder how much time a slow skater will need to devote to the Choreo Sequence in order to fully utilize the ice surface.
3. Positive GOEs are worth more points than negative GOEs in spins. Not sure if this is new.
Last edited by SkateFiguring; 05-04-2012 at 05:07 PM.
"Must fully utilize the ice surface" is very vague. If taken literally that means the sequence needs to cover every inch of the ice rink. I very much dislike how the "choreography sequence" MUST come after the leveled step sequence as well.
The answer to fixing that problem is obvious: don't have a leveled step sequence in the Long Program at all. Only have it in the Short Program and instead have two "Choreography Sequences" in the Long Program (ie - the FREE SKATE, as it is still officially named).
Here's a good thing about the rule changes: spinning for 8+ revolutions in the same position now only counts as a difficult variation once per program! YAY!!!!
Which seems to be the attempt to get skaters to focus on using this sequence for artistic purposes and not just racking up points.2. GOE guideline for Choreographic sequences:
Half of the quality points are on "artistry".
Although requiring the choreo sequence to take place after the step sequence does limit the options.
Again, I'm not sure the way the +GOE bullets are worded that there's any place for judges to reward extra difficulty performed satisfactorily. However, as long as it isn't just going back and doing a 2006-10-style level 4 spiral sequence, hopefully difficulty here would also show some originality and could be rewarded on that criterion.
2.0 base value. It's the last item listed under "Step and Choreographic Sequences" in the singles Scale of Values.I don't find the BV for Choreographic Sequence.
Depends what they want to do with it. If they're slow because they don't have many skills, then they can choose a fairly simple end-to-end pattern with shallow edges and/or extra crossovers between every position or edge. Shouldn't take more than 15-20 seconds.I wonder how much time a slow skater will need to devote to the Choreo Sequence in order to fully utilize the ice surface.
If they're slow because they're doing complicated edge skills and weaving back and forth, then it will take longer. But if they actually have some skills to showcase, then why not take the time to do so?
Where do you get that from? The GOE error chart hasn't changed as far as falls go. There's a required reduction of -3 from what the GOE would have been otherwise and the final GOE must be negative -- in most cases it will end up being -3 -- and that's prorated according to the Scale of Values. No change from last year.3. It seems all falls in all elements receive -3 GOE points each, regardless of BV.
^^^^ I deleted and changed my third observation when I realized it was GOEs, just as before, not actual points that my dim mind first thought.
Skaters need to demonstrate good skating skills but not complexity in the Choreo Sequence. I expect some slow but expressive skaters to do quite a bit of acting while going end to end in a straight line, if that counts as fully utilizing the ice surface. If I were a less skilled skater, I would really want that clarified because total element value is on the line.
All in all, I think the Choreo Sequence is where a skater is supposed to really try to sell the program, especially since it will inevitably be near the end of a program, leaving the last impression. It's the place to score the PCS too.
I hope the skaters and their choreographers will fully take advantage of the "creativity" bullet for the CS. Everybody, performers and audiences, will enjoy the sport more.
Last edited by SkateFiguring; 05-04-2012 at 05:38 PM.