Bona Fide Member
Figure skating in the United Arab Emirates
Here are a couple of articles about the growing figure skating programs in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Here is "couple number four" competing in pairs footwork. I suppose boys and girls cannot skate together in the UAE.
Here is a video about ladies' champion Zahra Lari, the first girl from this country to compete internationally.
Last edited by Mathman; 06-28-2013 at 07:48 PM.
Spellcheck for the title needed .
Originally Posted by Mathman
A surprising development. I could not be more bemused if I learned that there was a boomlet for surfing in the Northwest Territories .
A few stray (and no doubt ignorant and uninformed) thoughts:
1) The obvious way to reconcile pairs/ice dance with Sharia, it seems to me, would be to encourage sibling teams. Can we expect an army of Shib-sib clones from the region in the next decade or two?
2) A greater stumbling block, it seems to me, will be the expectations for modesty that will apply to all ladies skaters. Unless I mistake, figure skating costumes are too revealing to pass muster in the Islamic Middle East. Would a budding talent from the Emirates be competitively disadvantaged if she skated at Worlds clad in a style last displayed by Madge Syers?
3) If a hijab (head covering) were deemed to be necessary by the religious authorities, would it also interfere with certain PCS aspects, as it hides the movements of the head and neck, and, if a veil or facial covering were also used, would further obscure some of the visual cues for judging emoting, interpretation, and projection?
If you ask Agnes, she would tell you a little lesson she learned from the wise old gals of Sex and the City 2. Third world laws in first world setting is not the place for Emirati boys to skate.
Bona Fide Member
Here is her competition costume. It is very pretty, actually.
Originally Posted by Robeye
The land of SnuggleBat and Cuddlepie