More Notes on Dresses – the Ladies

There are so many dresses I need to catch up with! I will see what I can do.

I think Yuna‘s the short program dress works. I love the program and how much fun she seems to be having and I think the dress fits right in. I will even take the gloves. I really like Yuna’s free program – the music! Mussorgsky! – but I think I prefer last year’s dress. Can we go back to it? Or is she trying to imitate a picture frame with the gold scrolls?

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Well, okay, this season’s is a nice dress in itself, but I like the wine colour of the first season and I like the sparkles. It’s look like magic spreading and I can imagine the pictures coming to life.

I think Alina‘s dresses are quite nice. I think she looks beautiful and elegant. There is some exquisite detail and her dress for the short is especially nice (even though the program is crazy). For the free, I like the lace and the high waist with the beading detail but I hate the red ruffle over the gloves. As soon as I look at the end of her arms, it ruins everything. Besides, I really don’t think Carmen was wearing gloves in the cigar factory. Let’s just get rid of the gloves in both programs.

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Of all her programs this season, her exhibition is my favourite. This girl is dying to breakout the catsuit! I think we should keep this in mind for next season, if she has one.

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Notes on Dance – The Dresses at Skate America and Skate Canada

** I had to do some updating since most of the videos in my blogs from the fall weren’t working anymore. So, in the process, I turned one super long post into two posts, just cause I’m like that. So, although this is a new post there isn’t any new material. It just might be easier to find something in the future. **

The variety of tango looks we are getting is very interesting to me. There are lots of similarities but they don’t look all the same. There are a lot of distinctive looks. I find it very intriguing how that can happen. And some people have had more than one dress, even at the point in the season!

I’m not sure which RD dress to like more on Madison Hubbell? The black lace (except I don’t know about beaded kind of tassels on it) or the red dress (but I’m not sure about the grey for accents)? I like them both. I think I’m leaning more to the red. But what happened to the very first dress, the velvety black from USIC? I liked that material. Now, looking back, however, it was not velvety and had one sleeve. I liked the bodice though and Zach’s black suspenders. Maybe that dress with full sleeves? The problem is they are all good! But which one is the best? I’m going with the black lace. I’ve decided I like the tassels after all, like a little leg curtain. And I think black is more “Maria de Buenos Aires”.

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Russian Nationals – The Pairs

HOLY COW! Russian Nationals had a superb pairs competition. Everyone really came through with excellent performances and it was really interesting to see how some of these Russian teams fared against one another, although the results came out pretty much as I expected. Even for teams that did not place that well, or perhaps as well as they hoped, the skating was still good. Can we talk about the fact that all twelve teams  achieved a level 3 or 4 on their twist in the short program, including Juniors? (In both programs, four teams got a level 4 on the twist. It wasn’t necessarily the same teams in both programs either. Can you guess which ones?) They would have demolished the competition at most other national pairs competitions. The level of skating all around was terrific.

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And this is one discipline at Russian Nationals where it is much more difficult for the Juniors to edge out the Seniors. Everyone can do a great short program but the free program is a whole other story. The longer program really tests the endurance, especially with the added third lift. No one is so winded by a pairs free program as a Junior boy skating in a Senior competition… unless you’re Vladimir Morozov or Alexander Korovin.

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The Grand Prix Final – The Seniors

I’m not going to write an in depth pairs post for this competition as I usual do. That boat has sailed. I’m just going to stick with my impressions from the watching the competition live.

Dance

  • Guignard/Fabbri are so small. I just kept saying things like: “They’re so cute,” “They’re so tiny,” “Look at how small they are.” Charlene and Marco really are the cutest little couple ever. They’re just so tiny!
  • I am not against Hubbell/Donohue‘s free dance like so many people seem to be. Maybe I’ve been seduced by their beautiful costumes but I quite like it and I’m not apologizing. I do absolutely agree that they seem to be going for their own Moulin Rogue moment, right down to the a girl dying at the end though. Does anyone remember that Romeo dies too? I thought they looked quite commanding, powerful and confident, especially in the rhythm dance.
  • Viktoria and Nikita have a great tango. I really enjoy it. I still have problems with her dress. Their free is really not very memorable for me but I like it, I enjoy it, and then they lean into that classical/rock thing there at the end, and it really turns me off. They just turn the switch the wrong way. Why does it need to switch at all?
  • There was only one team here who did a sliding feature here and I really missed not seeing it in other programs too! It’s my new favourite thing! But at least the sliding feature I got to see is maybe the best of the season. Good work, Hawayek/Baker. I really enjoyed their free dance.
  • It must have been very nerve wracking when Jonathan’s skates did not arrive with everything else, but Tiffany really skated that tango in practice, even if it was solo. She was terrific. I have a whole new respect for her as a person. Blues for Klook is a pretty fabulous program too. I know they haven’t really nailed it yet this season but the opening is everything. I feel like it gets a bit indistinct in the middle but the beginning is so strong. I love it. (Now that Russian nationals is past and we have a better idea of the second half of the season… maybe we will get to see it next season. Please say yes.)
  • Stepanova/Bukin… I like both programs. I like that they are going for a strong impression with strong music but it all just feels a bit put on. Is there not something a bit more organic for them? I suppose with legs like that there might not be. Drama-rama might be your only choice.
  • My sister and I invented a new game called “Marry, Pair, Pet.” In it you have to say who out of three skaters (men in our case) you would marry, who you would skate with as a team – you can choose if it’s ice dance or pair – and who you would keep as a pet. Marco Fabbri and Jean-Luc Baker both have a definite pet advantage (disadvantage) in any group they are competing, but it can be hard. Would you want to pair with Nikita? I think that could be difficult. Some people it’s maybe safer to marry. The one clear answer in all of this is that you always marry Zach Donohue.

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The Grand Prix Final 2018 – The Juniors

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything but I’ve been really meaning to write about the Grand Prix Final! I was there! It was so fun! I know that it’s been almost a month (December maybe ate me alive) but I think I have a moment or two, so it’s now or never.

First off, it was a lot of fun. My sister and I met up in Vancouver and got to enjoy four days of watching and discussing skating. The arena was cold but with our fleecy blankets and smuggled-in food, we managed to keep warm and cozy. It’s amazing how quickly it all goes by when you are watching live. There doesn’t seem to be that interminable wait for the scores that you experience watching on TV. There is always something interesting going on, whether it’s watching the skaters’ body language or their interactions with their coach or the warm up going on or the replay of the performance. (There is also the added benefit of not yelling at a commentator for incessant chatter.) The audience’s reactions were interesting too. Some skaters really won the audience over, while others left the audience with just a tepid reaction. There was, too, the added silliness of figure skating culture (which is maybe my favourite part). What with the stuffies and the clapping in time to the music and the hair and the costumes, one can really entertain oneself! And you can’t ignore just the very high attractiveness factor. Is there a rule that everyone has to be beautiful?

I’m going to start with the Juniors and follow up later with the Seniors. I think this is going to be too much for one post…

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