Russian ice dancers showed free dances

open test skates

The open skates of the Russian National team are goes on. Here some video of the ice dancers.

Elena Ilinykh and Ruslan Zhiganshin

Frida of coure was the most wanted dance to see:

I like this dance more than their short dance. It has a huge potential I think. I hope that it won’t turn no the Russian overdrama by the first main competitions. Good and solid dance but i had a slightly feeling that they tried to get to the Papadakis and Cizeron’s territory with all those modern choreo attempt. I also don’t like the lift, because it was kind of a signature piece of Elena and Nikita’s Swan Lake program. But it a dance to get into the fight for the top 6 in Worlds, and everything will depends on technique and consistency.

Anna Yanovskaya and Sergei Mozgov

I like the dance, but this music cut again! I don’t know why everyone who decide to skate to the Great Gatsby OST chose those pieces. Probably, it good itself and sounds good in the movie but not in the figure skating program. The music is modern and has nothing to do with the mood of 20th but everyone tries to dance to it in style of 20th. Looks a bit strange. Great lifts and fitted perfectly into the music. I like the dance, but wish thay had chosen another music for such program.

Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin

I quite like this dance it also has a potential. At least it’s not typical dance for the Russian ice dances. But they need to add more speed and power to their skating. And I really like Alexandra’s dress!

See the video of the short dances from the Russian open skates.

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