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.
Grishuk & Platov:
St. James Infirmary Blues
The Feeling Begins
Usova & Zhulin:
The Four Seasons
Blues for Klook
1991 Free Dance
Anissina & Peizerat
Romeo & Juliet
2002 Flameco O.D.
Delobel & Schonfelder
2007 Free Dance
Klimova & Ponomarenko
Romeo & Juliet
Bestimova & Bukin
Denkova & Staviski:
Cirque de Soleil
H.M.: Krylova & Ovsiannikov 1998 O.D. ; Duchesnays: Missing (Part 1), T&D: Bolero, Barnum, Navka: Carmen
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Mishkutenok & Dmitriev:
Piano Concerto # 2
Pan Flute Music Ex
Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze
Meditation from Thais
Selezneva & Makarov
Michael Jackson SP
Night on Bald Mountain Professional Routine
1990 Folk LP
Gordeeva & Grinkov
Out of Tears
Kazakova & Dmitriev
Spente Le Stelle
Valova & Vasiliev:
Professional routine where she skates with one slipper & one skate
H.M: Abitbol & Bernadis: 1998 SP & LP, Ina & Zimmerman: 2002 SP & LP, Shishkova & Naumov: Take Five SP, Hartshorn & Sweiding 1492
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.
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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
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
Torvill & Dean Blues OSP (Summertime)
Torvill & Dean Rock n Roll (1950's style)
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
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:
Grishuk & Platov,
The Feeling Begins, definitely, (previous linked)
Their Yankee Polka CD
Their Quickstep OSP
Virtue & Moir
Pink Floyd FD
Davis & White
2009 Samson & Delilah FD
2012 Die Fledermaus FD
2010 Bollywood OD
2008 Eleanor Rigby FD (I would prever the US Nationals version, but it is not on youtube)
Rahkamo & Kokko
La Strada FD
Beyong the Invisible offical video by Enigma pro routine
Domnina & Shabalin
Tango Romantica CD
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
And their Breton Gavotte OD in 2008
and 2005-2006 Carnival in Venice FD, especially the earlier versions
Belbin & Agosto
I find I like their Amelie...after I watched the movie...a lot more than before
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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.
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.
I never saw Frida either, but I still love the routine. So glad you mentioned the DomShabs CD. Absolutely love V&M's Pink Floyd, D&W's Bollywood OD & Samson & Delilah as well. Another team that I enjoyed was Jana Khokhlova & Sergei Novitski.
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Didn't care for the movie, liked the routine re "Frida" but didn't love it.
lulu, I've gotta ask. You're a judge in 1993. You watch both Grishuk/Platov and Usova/Zhulin's FD back to back. Which do you go for? I've been watching these two free dances (St. James Infirmary and Blues for Klook) obsessively these past two weeks. On the one hand, U/Z were the better skaters at the time and get the blues on a far more primal level than G/P. But G/P have a dark, fascinating interpretation to go along with their technical audacity.