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What performances should I watch?
As the title says, I have some catching up to do, and I'd like your help! Please recommend to me particular performances that you think I should watch. It can be because that particular performance was beautiful, technically superior, a star-is-born moment, or because it's a gamechanger in some way. It can even be for negative reasons! Like you can't believe this particularly awful performance still got a massive score and won, and what's wrong with those awful judges, etc. Also, I really enjoy (and oft times, prefer) exhibition numbers. Please recommend any good ones from galas. And as someone who was really excited by the inclusion of hip hop as a rhythm option in junior ice dance this season, dare I ask if any team actually put together a credible hip hop number? Thanks for any help you can give!
I actually like Rachel and Michael Parsons' SD, which helped them win a medal at JGP Croatia. The hip-hop segments are to Justin Timberlake and Madonna's "4 Minutes" It still needed a bit of polish when they skated to this in October, but I think it will be great come Nationals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QcfmxstWyE
Originally Posted by Serious Business
Hannah Miller has been a delight to watch at the junior level. I was quite skeptical of her because everyone made a big deal about her small jumps. Yes her jumps are small and who knows what will happen to them if her body changes any further, but I enjoy her style right now, I think she has a musicality you don't see very often in the junior level and I love how she uses her whole body to express different parts of the music. The judges agree too because she was second despite not having a 3-3 in either program. She says she is working on them, so it will be something to see if she gets em together.
Here's her short from JGPF, which is what people called a "perky tango" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBgrauI-4cQ Her long has this more intense build, but she actually utilizes a different expression to skate to it well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq-3QYxXT2Q
The other junior standout is Stepanova/Bukin, who are practically old pros after three years on the JGP circuit. And,quite frankly. they show it. They won the JGPF by a LANDSLIDE. The SD is well skated and they really performed their hearts out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDkJ91GXSZI I found it interesting they decided to skate to Bolero, but quite frankly, they were quite impressive and I wasn't even thinking about T&D: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHqqbj9X8FY
We'll see how they transition to seniors, but I think they will do well. Their programs are well-choreographed, they are ooozing in musicality and given the improvement they had between last season and this season, it's clear their work ethic is pretty awesome too.
I'll talk more later, but here's a couple of programs for you to start with.
Any and all of Ashley Wagner's skates, including the one that she injured herself on...
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From the GPF I would certainly rec
I'll think of others later, when I have more time - unless others post them in the interim.
Gao at SA
Osmond at SC
Wagner at TEB
Suzuki at NHK
Yuna Kim last weekend
Yuzuru Hanyu posted a new world record for the SP at Skate America and then again at NHK. I think they are worth watching.
Akiko Suzuki's FS is great in my opinion and she performed it really well at NHK. A lot of people think she should have won the event with that performance.
As a gala performance I probably would recommend Pechalat and Bourzat's exhibition number, maybe from TEB.
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I'm sad to report that you haven't missed much. Don't let the very high scores fool you; there have been lots of boring paint by numbers programs and messy skates rewarded. If you're curious about just how much politikking power is behind V/T, check out their Rostelecom or GPF LPs.
Originally Posted by Serious Business
That said, there have been some good performances and programs:
Daisuke Takahashi's Primavera Porteña EX is wonderful, why he doesn't let Miyamoto choreograph more of his competitive programs is a mystery.
Akiko Suzuki's LP at NHK was excellent.
I really enjoyed C/L's and P/B's SDs - I used the TEB performances as it was the first time I saw C/L's.
Some conditional recs: I'm not a fan of his and still say Jeffrey Buttle would have done it better, but Patrick Chan's SP is quite good and I'm pleased that he's no longer with Nichol. I'm kind of fond of Kozuka's SP as well, though this may be because I like him so much, and I'm also partial to Joubert's new LP, but he hasn't performed it well so far so I don't recommend looking for it. K/S have good programs but seem to have lost their federation's favor, and with the hideous costumes replaces, S/S's SP isn't bad.
Maybe Carolina Kostner's programs will prove more interesting. I'm looking forward to her season debut this weekend.
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