European Championships 2017 review: ice dance
As always drama, drama, drama)
Good for me that I watch ice dancing like a gripping TV series with a mix of genres: from drama to comedy, from thriller to fantasy. Once again it’ve been proved that in recent years it’s the only way not only to keep your mental health but even enjoy watching ice dance.
In principle, I have only one question about ice dance. How is Sergei Ponomarenko? Is he ok, or still struggling in an unequal battle with hiccups and hiding from Tarasova? Oh, poor man, she was furious and continued to talk about his professional qualities all over again during all disciplines after the short dance.
Fortunately at Europeans trendy boring lyrical dances were diluted with some different styles, but the lot still managed to troll the audience and skaters: tangos and Tchaikovsky performed one after another. Probably to make it easier for Judges to compare.
I really liked the free dance of Lucie Mysliveckova / Lukas Csolley. I’ll definitely re-watch it to catch all interesting things. I also liked the British duo Lilah Fear / Lewis Gibson, I think we need to remember them for the future.
Kirill Khaliavin with Sara Hurtado suddenly started to look like a real partner: strong, reliable and manly. I wish he only paid a little bit more attention to her and looked at her more often during the dance. Ha, was it really Zhulin who choreographed their dances? I can hardly believe) Where are mimes, crazy people? After all, where’s Vivaldi?! Pair has nice trendy dances and very impressive lifts! If not a mistake on twizzles I’d gladly put them into the top-10.
Speaking of the top ten. Nikita Katsalapov triumphantly broke into the top ten, defeating the Turks. Amazing result. It’s not for me to judge how bad were levels in the short dance, but one thing I now know for sure, unlike his partner Nikita is not a fighter. He didn’t even try to fight for the element, just stood watching Victoria heroically doing twizzles. I feel sad for Victoria, I think Nikita should ask the contact of Kovtun’s psychologist. Well, heal your shoulder, your head, learn rumba. whatever, I just hope that the buzz around SK IZ will calm down and we’ll have less drama.
Not so long ago Tarasova was pretty generous for compliments for Nazarova / Nikitin and now such a change of mind! Boring, uninteresting, no a dance. No, I also don’t like their constant style of urban crazy, but what caused such a dramatic change of point of view?)
This time I felt the free dance of Laurence Fournier Beaudry / Nikolaj Sorensen. Such a sensual program! And even her negligee wasn’t distracting. I’m so sad for Charlene Guignard / Marco Fabbri! They looked great in the short dance and then such a shocking and dangerous fall in the free dance. Although, something was wrong already on the step sequence( I’m so sad, I like this team a lot.
According to madam Tarasova everyone was so frightened of Stepanova / Bukin, judges saw a serious competitors in them and decided to hold them back with scores and didn’t let them to broke into the pedestal and probabaly beat even the Frenches) We definitely saw different dances, because on my screen Stepanova and Bukin had a really rough short dance and almost fell at the beginning. Come on, Tatiana Anatolievna, you’re not young but not blind, so I doubt you didn’t see that. But this is ice dance, baby, drama and only drama) Tango they skated better, but still it wasn’t wow.
The umpteenth rescue of Russian ice dance was postponed indefinitely. Again. Apparently, all hopes for Morozov and his wife.
Though Tobias / Tkachenko took the fourth place, I have nothing to say about them. They are not memorable for me and the only thing I do remember from their performancs are sequines on Isabella’s jumpsuit.
I think Bobrova and Soloviev were the strongest in the short dance. They have speed, they skate big, they have solid pattern. So I agree with their first place, but they way this justice was restored, it is some kind of absurd. Someone called someone late at night….Can I also call that someone?) I have a looot of questions. As for the free dance, it still makes me laugh, starting from the first move. Sorry)
Every season there are new favorites in Russian ice dance, but only Katya and Dima consistently bring some medals. So Russian fans have nothing to do except praying to all sorts of figure skating gods and hope that in off-season Zhulin won’t have a dream where Gershvin and Tchaikovsky are persuading him that they sound great together, plus you can always call Vivaldi.
In the world of trendy boredom and overdrama it seems only Anna and Luca bring some positive and happiness into ice dance. And I’m so gratefull for that! Unfortunately Ostravian jitters got them too( I don’t even remember when they had a mistake on twizzles for the last time! And I a small remark about new dress. It’s elegant but it made the dance too dark…. So, I prefer the old one, with an ash rose blouse)
Gabriella and Guillaume got rid of their nighties and went on the short dance in amazingly beautiful costumes. But the paradox the dance lost it charm … ..the charm of slight negligence. The free dance was strong and captivating, but I think at GPF they had emotionally stronger performance. And everything in this world seems to remain the same: the French lose the short dance, win the free and overall. With only one difference. Now all this happens not at the cosmic level. No more huge gaps in scores…..
Related topics: Alexandra Nazarova Maxim Nikitin, Alexandra Stepanova Ivan Bukin, Anna Cappellini Luca Lanotte, Charlene Guignard Marco Fabbri, Ekaterina Bobrova Dmitri Soloviev, European Championships, Gabriella Papadakis Guillaume Cizeron, ice dance, Isabella Tobias Ilia Tkachenko, Laurence Fournier Beaudry Nikolaj Sorensen, Sara Hurtado Kirill Khaliavin, Victoria Sinitsina Nikita Katsalapov