Why is your question re sport vs. pageant limited to ice dance?
All four disciplines use costumes and music.
Ice dancers don't perform jumps.
But singles skaters don't perform lifts. And yet singles skaters are not considered less athletic than pairs, are they? And singles skating is not considered less of a legitimate sport than pairs, is it?
Of course, ice dancers also perform lifts -- so they do not jump, but they have a proficiency that singles skaters lack.
I was also playing devil's advocate yesterday.....
First there is no need to assume "pageant" is a dirty word.
Reading how Charlie might need acting lessons as opposed to becoming an even better skater felt a little off to me.
I like Charlie the way he is and like D/W the way they are.
I likeV/M just as much- sometimes more - but the contrast between these two great teams is what makes the rivalry so interesting.
When I said I can't tell who is better I really meant it. But I don't think Charlie needs to be more like Scott or any of the others.
So why did I say Ice Dancing feels more like a pageant than the other disciplines? My perception has been there is more emphasis on how the ahthlete's look, dress and emote. Of course there are all kinds of exceptions........but by it's nature Ice Dancing tends to be more theatrical.
I doubt if anyone will object to my use of the term "theatrical" but "pageant" seems to send up a red flag.
So let me ask is Charlie an athlete or an actor? Is Ice Dancing a sport or a contest based on theatre as much as athletic skill?
Katarina's"Carmen"was as theatrical as anything I've seen in Ice Dancing. It is also one of my least favorite OGM winning programs.
That is just my taste and others -including the judges in Calgary - loved that program.
I read a post at GS a while ago from a former judge who said something like "the Shibs will never win a medal at Worlds because they are not good looking enough. ISU judges want a different look."
A month after that post the Shibs won bronze at Worlds.
But the message of that post stuck with me. I like watching Ice Dancing - I love the Shibs - but I have no burning desire to learn the rules or understand what makes certain teams "favorites" in the eyes of the judges.
I am afraid the more I would learn the less I would like it.
Regarding acting lessons in skating. Skaters deliver a performance. In that performance it helps to learn how to project to the judges and audience. It is especially important if you are portraying a certain character or storyline. In this day and age, many skaters use the talents of professional dancers to help them with expression and choreography. The more you know about how to perform, project, the better.
Like I said, I like Charlie the way he is and like D/W the way they are.
Just the way I see it and "if it ain't broke don't fix it."
Anybody think Michelle took acting lessons - or did we just see a naturally charasmatic skater who was trained well enough by her coach and choreographer about performing and projecting?
Last edited by janetfan; 10-11-2012 at 02:19 PM.
Weaver & Poje said they took acting lessons to help them with last year's free dance to Je Suis Malade.