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    Favorite programs by your favorite skaters

    I'm not going to lie, this post is basically just a self-indulgent excuse to post videos & gush about my favorite skaters. What are some of your all time favorite skating routines, the ones that you can watch over and over again until *you* probably know every nuance better than the skater?

    I'm going to limit myself to no more than 4 routines per skater, just because for some of the skaters I'll end up listing every single routine they ever skated to.

    For the sake of space I'm also going to limit myself more or less to retired teams, as oppose to current ones.
    Ice Dance

    Grishuk & Platov:
    Libertango O.D.
    St. James Infirmary Blues
    Memorial
    The Feeling Begins

    Usova & Zhulin:
    The Four Seasons
    Blues for Klook
    Summertime O.D.
    1991 Free Dance

    Anissina & Peizerat
    Carmina Burana
    Romeo & Juliet
    2002 Flameco O.D.


    Delobel & Schonfelder
    Frida
    2007 Free Dance

    Klimova & Ponomarenko
    Bach FD
    Tchaikovsky Program
    Romeo & Juliet
    Dracula

    Bestimova & Bukin
    Rasputin
    1988 F.D.

    Denkova & Staviski:
    Handel
    Cirque de Soleil

    H.M.: Krylova & Ovsiannikov 1998 O.D. ; Duchesnays: Missing (Part 1), T&D: Bolero, Barnum, Navka: Carmen
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    Pairs

    Pairs

    Mishkutenok & Dmitriev:
    Piano Concerto # 2
    Liebestraum
    Don Quixote
    Pan Flute Music Ex

    Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze
    Lady Caliph
    City Lights
    Meditation from Thais
    Valse Sentimentale

    Selezneva & Makarov
    Michael Jackson SP
    Night on Bald Mountain Professional Routine
    1986 LP
    1990 Folk LP

    Gordeeva & Grinkov
    Requiem
    Vocalise
    Out of Tears
    Scheherazade

    Kazakova & Dmitriev
    The Matrix
    Spente Le Stelle
    Passacagalia

    Valova & Vasiliev:
    Professional routine where she skates with one slipper & one skate
    1988 LP
    1987 LP

    H.M: Abitbol & Bernadis: 1998 SP & LP, Ina & Zimmerman: 2002 SP & LP, Shishkova & Naumov: Take Five SP, Hartshorn & Sweiding 1492

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    I am going to agree with lulu that B & S Lady Caliph is the most sublime example of pairs skating ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitt View Post
    I am going to agree with lulu that B & S Lady Caliph is the most sublime example of pairs skating ever.
    Absolutely agree. Just as people call Torvill/Dean's Bolero a legendary ice dance performance, I would say B/S Lady Caliph is the epitome of figure skating - the most legendary short program.

    P.S. No surprise. Everyone can see my avatar.

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    Even my tolerant (but not enthusiastic) husband Mr. Ski said Lady Caliph was the best pairs routine ever!

    His other favorite is
    Torville & Dean Paso Doble OSP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwXTYlsynM8

    I'm more than on board with both his choices!

    For my picks, I'm going to concentrate on ones others might not have, except when I can't restrain myself.



    My choices Dance:
    Of course, I could include most of T&D's dances, including their pro routines but limited to 4
    Torvill & Dean Paso OSP
    Mack and Mable FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNJQXCQt7Ek
    Torvill & Dean Blues OSP (Summertime)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmztHpSIT4E
    Torvill & Dean Rock n Roll (1950's style)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEHsR679g1M

    I'm good with your choices for U&Z, other favorites of mine, except one of my favorites of theirs is the 1988 FD to Indian Temple Dance

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qho2DLoqbZk
    I wish there were a better version on youtube.

    I would not care if I ever saw anything from Bestemianova & Bukin again, except possibly their 1986 Carmen, which is not on your list:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iju_RarH3rk

    Grishuk & Platov,
    The Feeling Begins, definitely, (previous linked)
    Their Yankee Polka CD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFyzNp-0IEQ
    Their Quickstep OSP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EqTmB96Jbk

    Virtue & Moir
    Farrucas OD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WDXmqBqXYQ
    Pink Floyd FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A_vEYd9QVk

    Davis & White
    2009 Samson & Delilah FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68OsUDopjyQ
    2012 Die Fledermaus FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZzXJw12vnA
    2010 Bollywood OD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT-o2xS4cck
    2008 Eleanor Rigby FD (I would prever the US Nationals version, but it is not on youtube)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzA2cAvQXQo

    Rahkamo & Kokko
    La Strada FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRiX1wPC7ok
    Beyong the Invisible offical video by Enigma pro routine
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8mMWh62XpU

    Domnina & Shabalin
    Tango Romantica CD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6uDrkm-D1g

    Delobel & Schoenfelder (I have never understood the universal joy surrounding Frida, and wonder whether it has something to do with the fact that I never saw the movie.)

    Loved their Cowboy Yankee Polka
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxPqA0GOMgw
    And their Breton Gavotte OD in 2008
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBr5m1_qHJQ
    and 2005-2006 Carnival in Venice FD, especially the earlier versions
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LWdhkrs1nQ

    Belbin & Agosto
    I find I like their Amelie...after I watched the movie...a lot more than before
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqVzf2_kad8
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    Mr. Ski has great taste in figure skating. I enjoy B&B's Carmen and their Cabaret routine from 1987 as well.

    Sublime is a perfect word to describe Lady Caliph.
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    Also wanted to add Chait & Sakhoviski's 1492 & Bolero and Kerr & Kerr The Matrix to my list. Once I start, I really can't stop.

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    I'm at work so I don't have time to make an extensive list, but I'm so glad you mentioned Bestemianova and Bukhin's 'Rasputin." What a tour de force. Of other programs you mention, I especially love B/S's "City Lights" as you do. I know that both of these programs are narrative pieces with character acting; that's not to say that I prefer narratives, but these seem especially compelling.

    I so love Davis and White's "Die Fledermaus" that I'm going to single it out here.

    Of course I have to mention my two favorite pieces of Michelle's, Lyra Angelica and Song of the Black Swan, and Kurt's Singin' in the Rain (the original one from the TV show). These three pieces are so obvious, but since Michelle and Kurt are my two favorite skaters ever, I will bring them up.

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    Kurt Browning's Singing in the Rain is a masterpiece, as is his Cassablanca, Nyah, and Antares programs.
    B&B's Rasputin is absolutely brilliant, Andrei makes a very convincing Rasputin.

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    He does! but I can never decide whether I love their Rasputin program or detest it ...so I watch it often

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    He does! but I can never decide whether I love their Rasputin program or detest it ...so I watch it often
    Some people probably felt the same way about the real Rasputin.

    The thing about B&B for me is that I really enjoy the eligible free dances, bestisquats and all. I like the over the top drama . Even Cabaret, which isn't dramatic by their standards is so entertaining. I think their Rasputin piece is brilliant.

    WRT K&P, as much as I admire their incredible skills, their earlier free dances: Beatles, Mack the Knife, My Fair Lady, do absolutely nothing for me. The first free dance of theirs that I enjoyed was Lawrence of Arabia. Their 1992 Free Dance to Bach was an absolute masterpiece and one of the best programs ever put to ice. I love them as professionals: R&J, Dracula, Spartacus, etc. I felt the 1992 Bach program was a turning point for them creatively, and as professionals they were able to expand and reach new heights, while maintaining their skills. This isn't in my top 4 K&P routines, but I also enjoyed their 1986-1987 exhibition: "At the barre"
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    Casi di Bolero with Gordeeva & Kulik I could gush and rhapsodize about this program all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lulu View Post
    Casi di Bolero with Gordeeva & Kulik I could gush and rhapsodize about this program all day.
    I'm SOOOO glad you mentioned this. It's something I return to again and again. Gorgeous movement, splendid choreography, stirring emotional depth. When I watch it, I want to say grace for YouTube, because all I had of this program was a scratchy half-focused video from the days when I had a TV with an antenna.

    I agree with you about Klimova and Ponomarenko. They started out with very superficial, though correct, skating. I think she was so much younger that they weren't able to access their own emotional core at that point. Look at how they grew from their Olympic bronze in 1984 to their gold in 1992, and then to their pro career. (That Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony program...out of this world.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    I'm SOOOO glad you mentioned this. It's something I return to again and again. Gorgeous movement, splendid choreography, stirring emotional depth. When I watch it, I want to say grace for YouTube, because all I had of this program was a scratchy half-focused video from the days when I had a TV with an antenna.

    I agree with you about Klimova and Ponomarenko. They started out with very superficial, though correct, skating. I think she was so much younger that they weren't able to access their own emotional core at that point. Look at how they grew from their Olympic bronze in 1984 to their gold in 1992, and then to their pro career. (That Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony program...out of this world.)

    That's a good point about Klimova, she was only 17 when she won the Olympic bronze medal in Sarajevo. Everything came together for their Bach 1992 Free Dance: technique, artistry, presentation, costume and of course, the hair

    It is the same way with Gordeeva & Grinkov for me as well. I admire G&G's excellent technique and superb pairs skills. Katia was so charismatic on the ice. But, their eligible programs don't do much for me. I like Romeo & Juliet, Moonlight Sonata and Jazzy Piano Music, but I'd much rather watch Ina & Zimmerman's Paganini LP, even if the latter are no where near the same class technically. Some of their professional programs are among my favorite skating programs of all time though. Requiem is such a deep and emotionally rich piece of skating. I really felt that they were reaching new heights with that program. Vocalise is lovely as well.

    Glad someone else likes di Bolero as well. I was thinking of how I would rank these routines as well, with the caveat that I change my mind fairly often :

    If I was to rank my top 5 favorite pairs professional/exhibition programs I would rank them:
    1. Gordeeva & Kulik: di Bolero
    2. Gordeeva & Grinkov: Requiem
    3. Mishkutenok & Dmitriev: Pan Flute
    4. Selezneva & Makarov: Night on Bald Mountain
    5. A three way tie between Valova & Vasiliev's Swan, Kazakova & Dmitriev's Matrix and G&G's Vocalise


    For short programs I would rank them, as of today,
    1. Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze: Lady Caliph
    2. S&M: Michael Jackson
    3. M&D: Don Quixote
    4. Shishkova & Naumov: Take Five
    5. Two-way tie between T&M's Ave Maria & M&D's The Dying Swan

    Long Programs
    1. M&D: Piano Concerto # 2
    2. M&D: Liebestraum
    3. B&S: City Lights
    4.B&S: Meditation
    5. Tie between V&V's 1988 LP and S&M's 1986 LP

    As you can clearly see, I can't even limit myself to just 5 routines.
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    I also love Casa di Bolero.

    But I am going to go out on a limb and mention G&G's Pocahontas number for Disney, one of their last professional appearances. Beautiful and poignant, especially if you have read Katia's book, you will find out that Sergei had already lost feeling in his leg, but not suspecting it was due to a cardiovascular condition. Heartbreaking.

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