I was a big fan of Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue‘s last season’s short dance, was sceptical about free dance and changed my opinion at the World Championships. That’s why I was very intrigued what they will show this year. Here’s my review on their new dances, showed at U.S International Figure Skating Classic.
When I heared ‘Feeling good’ I had only one thought – oh no, why they skate to such an overused music! Well, at the second part of their dance I was already ok with Feeling good) Because it wasn’t the worst thing in their SD. Madison and Zach have such powerful, soft skating and inner sensuality, so blues is just a perfect dance for them. So, why the hell they don’t have a dance they deserve! Sorry, but starting with the second rythm this dance looks like a program for show or gala. Too much music cuts, it looks odd and there’s no place to show what a great dancers they are! It reminds me of their FD to Great Gatsby OST and here I see the same problems. Zach is as always damn hot, but they just deserve a better choreography! And I have a huge desire to burn Madison’s dress.
Well, I have mixed feelings about this free dance. On the one hand it’s lovely dance, totally in current ice dance trends. I love their skating, love their lines, love their dialog between partners. On the other hand I can’t get over feeling that somewhere I’ve already seen it all. Even not knowing who’s choreographer and who are their coaches you can easily guess) Yes, it’s a style of their coaching group, but I don’t think it’s right to put each their pair into one style, even thou it’s a style of World Champions. Especially a pair with such energy, and visible relationships of man and woman. I really want something sparkling and passionate for them! But maybe they’ll surprise me and by the end of the season I’ll have goosebumps watching this FD. I also like their costumes, such a great shade of grey!
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