Head to head Nikita is the man for Paso Doble, much more than Ruslan. He may exagerate though, that the risk.
I already had this discussion with you and I don't think it's fair to say that Nikita was hidden behind Lena at all. He was always the leader and you could see that. I actually do not like that in dance.
Yes, I like a strong man and it will be ideal if they are equal like V&M, but in the end I prefer the man presenting the Lady if I have to choose between having the man or the woman. You know very well that even in Ballet the woman is always the star, the one who's presented to the public.
Lena is very passionate, and I'm surprised you are saying the opposite.
Victoria on the other hand is the one who looks cold, and this was said by her coach. At least according to Johnny Weir which repeated that comment 100 times during their performance in Sochi
I also disagree as far as Nikita is concerned.He obvously was the leader of the couple and they themselves I think said that as well?He was definitely the central point of a lot of the footwork while Elena was destined to look pretty, until some part of Swan Lake when they obviously needed her star quality.But I also think that I/K styles clashed in many respects.Nikita has a tendency of overdoing it,if you don't look at his feet only you get annoyed by this. Ruslan was excellent in S/Z's Tango FD,while Viktoria wasn't in the mood,but he was totally lost in Norma, as if he couldn't understand what he's skating to, so relied on his tehcnical strenghts to get through it.
Viktoria on the other hand, is cold and has what I call , a fake look on the ice.She's a great skater but she reminds me a bit of why some people don't radiate on the ice.Beautiful girl as well,but she can't get through to the audience.My direct comparison would be Gabriella Papadakis who doesn't rely on her looks, cause a lot of posters wouldn't find her objectively beautiful,but on the ice she completely transforms.
I don't think its fair to assume that anyone in this foursome is bad person. We don't know what the relationship was like between all of them, for us to say.
I don't understand why are you trying to imagine things.
Let's analyse what a good source like Vaytsekhovskaya told us already. From her words there are two things which sounds pretty clear to me.
Meaning he has a story with Victoria.His possible personal relations with the new partner have no interest to me,
Now here there are two options about that "someone else's wish":and if all that thing was a result of someone else's wish (and I have a reason to believe it was) then even more - Katsalapov who complied holds no interest to me."
a) That someone else could be Victoria. If she is in relationship with him I can see the jealousy, above all professional.
I&K being the most loved couple in Russia (I mean by the Fed and other powerful people lile Tarasova) and by the international judges?!
You bet I would be mad about it, and to think that his is my boyfriend and I could be his partner.
The bronze medal in Olympics was the last straw that broke the camel's back. So she "asked" (or possibly she even gave an ultimatum?) him to dance with her and he complied. Not much lost there, after all she is good looking and a good dancer, and she is your girlfriend.
b) It's somebody else, but I don't think it was Zueva at all. She most probably wanted to coach I&K, that I can see but not separate them.
So who's that somebody else? It's really hard for me to tell, when you think that I&K were praised and loved by the Russian high officials of FS.
I am more inclined to belive that it was Victoria, and If she really is in relationship with him, which seems so, than I'm 99.99% sure about it.
Time will tell us, but that's what I think and I'm almost convinced about that.
Anyway, thought the SD for S/Z was very good and brought out more expression from Victoria because it worked well within whatever relationship Ruslan had with Victoria. They were not a couple and even in the one photoshoot they did, would not even pretend to be romantic. However, they had that playful, teasing relationship and they were able to work that in.
Like waving his arms in the air, and upper body in the twizzels, a lot.Nikita has a tendency of overdoing it,if you don't look at his feet only you get annoyed by this.
I personally didn't like that FD, and yeah I had the same impression as you do. Stylistically (is that the right word) I thought it was a bit too heavy and "old". The music version used was horrible.Ruslan was excellent in S/Z's Tango FD,while Viktoria wasn't in the mood,but he was totally lost in Norma, as if he couldn't understand what he's skating to, so relied on his tehcnical strenghts to get through it.
I know it's degustibus, but that's my opinion as well. Maybe with Nikita she will be better. He can compensate for her there.Viktoria on the other hand, is cold and has what I call, a fake look on the ice.She's a great skater but she reminds me a bit of why some people don't radiate on the ice.Beautiful girl as well,but she can't get through to the audience.My direct comparison would be Gabriella Papadakis who doesn't rely on her looks, cause a lot of posters wouldn't find her objectively beautiful,but on the ice she completely transforms.
You missed the point. I was talking about choreography.
Nikita is a leader, I never put this in question, I wrote that he never played the main role in Morozov’s programs. That is different. Even under Zhulin Schindler’s List was quite equal, but at the end it went to Lena, she was the one who made final point and put herself in spotlight when she was shoot to death. Ballet Don Quijote was made in way you, Alba, decribed, a ballet dancer - man presenting his ballerina. But under Morozov? Where he was the main person? Where he presented his character in the main role. Yes, a man have to present his lady, which Nikita is very very good and detailed in, but in a moment when a man plays the main role, he also presents him part of story like the main character. For example Spartacus by Domnina & Shabalin, a program where Spartacus was the main, and Shabalin was the main character there plus he presented his lady. He was the one where choreography was turned to him. The same with Zhiganshin and Phantom of the Opera. Platov in Arabian dance. It doesn’t mean that lady should be forgotten, no way, the the choreohraphy is turned to man, a lady is working on him as well. Where do you see Lena presenting Nikita like the main character? Nowhere. She is the main in Ave Maria playing the angel and Nikita is presenting her. She is the main in Ghost story and Nikita is her partner. And she is the main in Swan Lake and Nikita presents her. She is always standing in the middle of the ice and posing for judges and Nikita is skating around her and rising his arms to her – this is not about him, but about her. That is choreographic idea. Morozov presented a Diva, Nikita presented a Diva, shich means that Nikita never played a main role in all programs, no matter that he is a leader and lead her lady throught steps.
Paso Doble is about passion, Nikita is dynamic, not passionate, Paso Doble is about a man who is the main in this dance and lady accompanies him, so no real Diva here, the man is the main...Nikita is not used that all choreography is about him mainly....that is what I wrote about. Look at Paso Doble of Domnina & Shabalin, Belbin & Agosto, Virtue & Moir...the man was the main...and all of these men are naturally passionate, while Nikita will have to learn to be passionate dancer.
If you look at passionate dance – Latin Dance which was in 2011/12 season like SD, you will see that Lena is sexy and smooth but not passionate, the final fast part is too fast for her and smooth moves are not enought. Nikita is more dynamic, but it was not passionate as well. The same with Tango part in 2010/11 SD, Nikita’s moves are more dynamic and Lena’s more smooth….this is not passion, where you have to keep tension in whole body plus movement must be still fast – watch Domnina & Shabalin’s Tango, Navka’s Carmen, also Weaver’s movements in Tango FD were passionate, but not Lena’s movements.
Also this season I&K's programs are smooth in moves but not passionate. Facial expression is passionate, but this is not dancing.
Victoria is not passionate as well, she is more cold in facial expression (which I personally don’t mind because I always mainly watch movements and dancing). The dynamics of arm moves is quite similar for both ladies, Lena is gliding more effortlessly which gives her look of faster one.
Like many coaches and skaters noted, they are one big family. Partners in dance couples know everything about themselves. They know even very personal things about themselves, because you simply can’t avoid knowing it spending so much time together. If a partner has relationship, his ice girl is one of first to know, so if there was a relationship between Nikita and some girl, Lena would be the first to know sooner or later even in moment when would Nikita tried to hide it. And if that girl would be a skater, Lena would know it from other skaters in few days after a relationship was started. If Lena told: “His possible personal relations…“ it means she didn’t know about relationship with Viki or any other girl…which is strange, like his ice partner, she would know for sure if there would be some relationship. Somebody also saw Lena and Nikita kissing in backstage around or after the Olympics, it would be hardly possible to do than having relationship with anyone else, no? There is also a video where Nikita takes some older showbusiness star into a car in late night from some of the parties after the Olympics, well, we are all adult ones (I hope), so we are not going to play this “he was just taking her home and they talked only“ game. Would he do it having a relationship?
While having a relationship with Lena, there were pictures with a couple kissing everywhere. There is not even one picture with Viki together (because forum members would post it for sure), even now, when all people discuss their possible relationship there is no picture together, even from Viki’s birthday. While Lena and Ruslan are not dating, but Ruslan was invited at Lena’s birthday, they have pictures together from that party, pictures together from gym. Yes, Nikita probably wants to protect him personal life, that is why he posted shirtless picture to let whole world see his body…
If I imagine that S&K would really be in a relationship (and I am sure that they will be in relationship soon, but not now), I can imagine that both couples would go to one coach or to one city…without destroying two couples. Many Russian male skaters are dating ladies which are not their ice partners, as I know they are not destroying their partnership because of it.
I was always confused at where people got the idea that they are in a relationship. It was always a question rather than anything confirmed by insiders. And I saw the split like this; Nikita was tired of Elena and fighting with her. He wanted out. But of the Russian girls, who is he going to skate with? Bobrova is out of the question. Monko and Yanovskaya are too tall. The rest have technical issues. That leaves Sinitsina. She is good technically. She is taller but not too tall. And by all reports, she has a fairly good temper. Out of all the possible partners for Nikita, she made the most sense.
As for why Victoria left, let's face it. She could either be like Rubleva and Schefer, skate with the only partner you've ever had and never make it to the top 10, nevermind medal, or risk everything and skate with the guy everyone is calling the best partner in the world. Whether it was 100% her idea or someone in the federation encouraged her to do it, that was the choice she had.