Four Continents Championships 2017 review: ice dance
I set my alarm clock for 4 am….and it rang. Damn it. I hoped it wouldn’t, so I would have an excuse why I overslept Four Continents Championships) But it rang, so I had no other choice than wake-up and make a cup of strong coffe to turn off zombie regime. I hoped short dance will cheer me up. How naive I was…..
First warm-ups were so boring that I tempted to go back sleeping….I had a feeling that we have the same time zone and there is also early morning so everyone was so sluggish. The only bright memory was Chinese guy who danced to Beyonce and portrayed a James Bond in the free dance. Well, it maybe not trendy or conceptual but it’s way more better than “conceptual something” from those who shouldn’t interpret anything more complicated than children songs.
The leaders of the Chinese national team are good guys. Especially the boy. Such a posture! They have lovely dances, but who chose New York New York for them? It seemed to me that they try to interpret, but don’t really feel this music.
Piper and Paul had a chance if not to make me dance, then at least to wake me up and make me stamp to the beat. Well, be careful with your wishes, because Piper’s fall shocked me and I actually woke up. They have such a fiery dance, that Piper to often gets carried away being too emotional. But they definitely win this season’s tango-battle.
Even in a dance to Michael Jackson Kaitlyn and Andrew look monumental. Andrew had another attack of twizzle disease( Love the new costumes for the free dance. Habitual to my eye richness of their costumes is back! When you take such a warhorse music, there’s no need to play modesty in costumes. Kaitlyn has “ready for the red carpet” look, Andrew….admirers of Poje’s “talent” will say that he would look even better without any costume. Beauty. But fifth place at 4CC. A fresh look from Mr. Morozov did not happen. The dance is solid and would have looked great in previous Olympic cycle.
Hallelujah! Madison Hubbell burned her laces tracksuit! Honestly, it was the best news of the short dance at 4CC. She wore a skinny jumpsuit to spite all fans of thinness in ice dancing. No changes will change the fact that their SD is a disaster. But their disaster they skate with lots of power and freedom. Every time when Madison and Zach get a chance to beat Chock and Bates, they start doing mistakes. To many small mistakes in the free dance, that actually ruined all magic.
At the almost empty arena, many dances lost their drive. But not Chock/Bates‘. Madison don’t pay attention how many viewers are on the stands, she’s a star and stars shine all the time) Emotionally it was the best short dance at 4CC. On contrast to the cool short, their free dance I watch from element to element and before each I want to say, “Up!” like in circus. I still don’t get it, what is it and what is it about. And yes, the black dress was better.
Alex Shibutani is cool and gorgeous. So, Alex, call me. Maia…..Maia is trying, Maia is trying very hard, Maya is trying too hard !!! And it distracts! The dance is very well choreographed, but it lacks freedom of execution. Alex, no matter how cool he is, just can’t pull it out alone. The same story with the free dance. Technically it was the best skate of the season, but I won’t have a desire to re-watch it. They need to do something before the Worlds. Find some spark, some nerve … There should be something! I don’t care how deep inside it is, just find it! Thinkng about what should they do I suddenly wondered, “How the things are going with their personal lifes?”
Tessa and Scott also delivered not their best skates. Generally, I had an impression that most of ice dancers skated half-heartedly. Well I can’t blame them for that, no one wants to give it everything they’ve got a month before the World Championships. But I love Tessa and Scott no matter what and the main battle lies ahead.
To be continued
Related topics: Four Continents Championships, ice dance, Kaitlyn Weaver Andrew Poje, Madison Chock Evan Bates, Madison Hubbell Zachary Donohue, Maia Shibutani Alex Shibutani, Piper Gilles Paul Poirier, Tessa Virtue Scott Moir