Goodbye to Julianne and Charlie, Together

Let’s take a moment…

(This was part of an earlier post but I decided that it was so long that I should make it a post on it’s own. I still miss them.)

With the sad news that Seguin and Bilodeau have split, let’s take some time to remember them. I fell in love with them at Skate America 2015.

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Favourite Dance Programs, 2017-18

I feel like I better get this done before next season starts! Well, technically with the Asian Open starting off the Challenger series this past weekend, I guess the new season has already started. Not to mention the videos we are starting to see of new programs. I like how things are shaping up for the new season, and I have to say that I quite excited about the sliding feature! But before I  move on entirely, I will say farewell to the old. Here is my final word(s) on ice dance programs in 2017-18.

Short Dance (And farewell to them too!)

Hubbell/Donohue – “Le Serpent” by Guem et Zaka; “Cuando Calienta El Sol” by Talya Ferro; “Sambando” by Los Ritmos Calientas. I like the music choices here. Notice how the first piece is called “Le Serpent” (The Snake) and in the opening, she sort of reminds me of a snake. They are in tune with the music and it feels sexy and languid but crips and intense as well. And those twizzles! That whole last sequence to the end is great. Program by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice  Lauzon and G. Cournoyer. (Sorry, the video isn’t the best quality but don’t worry it does keep going.)

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Favourite Pairs Programs, 2017-18

Oh, I love the pairs. If you haven’t realize yet, they are my favourite, the acrobatics and the elegance! (I have recently discovered acrobatic gymnastics by the way. Why is it not an Olympic sport? It’s so competitive and so entertaining! I say get rid of rhythmic gymnastics and put in a gymnastics sport that is equally represented by men and women. But moving on… ) This year, I particularly liked what Team China came out with but there were other favourites as well. And as with the ladies, I didn’t include repeats (sorry Kirtsen and Michael, sorry Peng and Jin, sorry Marissa and Mervin, Aljona and Bruno, etc., etc.).

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Favourite Programs from 2017-2018 – The Ladies

Let’s start with the ladies! It took me some time to think back over the season considering all the Grand Prixs, Senior Bs, and national competitions that come before we get to the big international competitions of Europeans, Four Continents, the Olympics and Worlds. So much skating. But I really wanted to focus on the program: the creativity, cohesion and clarity of it. There are programs that you enjoy because they are executed so well in the moment, but I didn’t want to just focus on the execution (although, it does play a role) because there are those programs that even if it wasn’t skated cleanly the idea and choreography of it are still enough to capture the viewer. So, here are my top short and free programs for the ladies this past season. Read More »

2017-18 Favourite Skating Dresses

I’ve been away for a little bit but I’ve decided it’s time for more lists. However, I have just realized how ambitious my title is. I may have to break this down by discipline. I’m finding this difficult to narrow down. Or maybe I’ll go by colour…

So final decision – dresses that I like, arranged by colour.  (I have certainly noticed I have a fondness for red dresses… )

Red Dresses

Lilah Fear FD – I really like this little team (literally I think they are pretty tiny) and I think this is a great dress for West Side Story.  I love the velvet detail on the bodice and the drapey shoulders. I guess it’s nothing groundbreaking but I think she looks great. That’s enough for me.

Tessa Virtue FD – I gushed about her red dresses here. They are all fabulous but I think the final one takes the cake. Bam. Everything you need to know and it looks good too!

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Marie-Jade Lauriault FD – I think this dress so suited the music and vibe of the program. I liked her second dress but I prefer this one. Maybe it was hard to skate in? Why did you change? I want to know.

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