Well, there are some lively group dances in the first act..I can see how it could not only work well , but be a standout.
KKonas, thanks for the information and the discussion of tango.
As for Giselle being relevant to polka, I'm not familiar with the entire score of the ballet, but most full-length ballets of that period, and lots of operas as well, have a "village dance" scene somewhere near the beginning, featuring the corps de ballet, before the sylphs/ghosts/wilis/enchanted swans appear, and there may be some polka-rhythm music like that in Giselle. Even Swan Lake has something like that tucked in somewhere, as I recall. Coppelia certainly does.
Yes, there's a village dance in Giselle, but it doesn't sound that polka-ish to me...but I bet it will meet the rhythm specs when we finally get to seeing it.
If you read a lot of the bios of skaters, often they started skating because some doctor recommended it-for respiratory issues, or other reasons.
(not Charlie, though. But he's always had asthma AFAIK)
They have such an exciting and dynamic presence on the ice I wish that they would come up with fresher musical choices and program concepts for their FDs.
Oddly enough they seem to be more creative or at least come up with better program concepts in their SD selections. It's almost like the boundaries in the set theme frees them up to pick something that the rest of the pack aren't skating to.
But due to how confident they sound I'm sure the program will be a strong one and skated with attack and drama. I just wish they had used this year to try something different- they probably will do traditional/classical again next year since it's the Olympic year and they won't want to take any chances.