For anybody who is on vKontakte, Adelina has uploaded an absolutely brilliant video to her profile!!! (Unfortunately for non-members, Adelina has her profile set to private. So, I am afraid you do have to sign in to view it).
The video is set to “My Humps” by the Black Eyed Peas. In it, Adelina and some of her fellow skaters are dancing, posing and generally messing about like normal teenagers do!
I’m not sure, but judging by the scenes towards the end, I think that the video was made as a birthday present for Adelina (she turned 17 on 1st July).
Alina Fjodorova has posted some photos to Facebook, so that was how I found out the video was filmed when they were in Jelgava, Latvia a couple of weeks ago for training. I realised who a lot of the people were and, through a combination of people being tagged in the photos and good old-fashioned detective work (i.e. checking status updates to see who had been in Jelgava recently!), I was able to identify all but 2 of the remaining skaters.
Here is a group photo of the girls:
Adelina Sotnikova, Maria Artemyeva, Polina Agafanova, the “97 girl” (see below), and Alina herself on the end.
Maria was the only one that Alina had tagged, which was just as well as she was one of the girls that I didn’t recognise! Unfortunately, I haven’t worked out who the girl beside Alina is.
Here is another group photo, with 3 of the girls and 2 of the boys:
Alina Fjodorova, Polina Agafanova, Maria Artemyeva, Pavel Ignatenko, and the guy I don’t recognise!
Vladislav Sezganov (the other guy I didn't recognise by myself) was not in any of the group photos, but he was tagged in another photo in Alina’s album.
It is really annoying me that I haven’t been able to place who the remaining people are. Not being able to put a name to the blonde girl that was wearing the “97” top in the beach scenes is particularly annoying me, as she is an absolutely brilliant dancer.
Incidentally, Alina’s photos were taken on the day they were in town rather than the day they were at the beach, so the “97 girl” is wearing a white top and yellow shorts in the photos.
A thing that watching this video started me wondering: is Adelina a trained dancer? Because the routines she did in this video – especially the ones with the “97 girl” – are VERY professional looking! To the extent, that you could imagine both these girls as backing dancers for some pop star!
I don’t know if they choreographed the routines themselves or got somebody else to do them. But, whoever it was, they are brilliant at choreography!
And now for something completely different. For those of you that like Harlem Shakes (personally, I don’t see the point), there is also a video on Adelina’s profile of this one by her skating club, CSKA Moscow:
This is definitely the tamest Harlem Shake I have ever seen! Apart from a bit of head banging and arm waving from Adelina (pale green top, long blue skirt), there was no chaos at all! Like, some of the skaters were even doing proper jumps!!!
One final piece of advice: If you can get access to the videos, WATCH THEM IN HIGH DEFINITION. The quality is SOOOOO much better in HD - the difference is like Day and Night!!! [Standard Definition on vKontakte is no-where near as clear as it's equivalent on YouTube, but High Definition on vKontact is far clearer than it's equivalent on YouTube!]