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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.
    Last edited by lulu; 10-19-2012 at 01:23 PM.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post



    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


    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.)
    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.

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