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martyross
04-21-2012, 11:34 PM
does K-O's Carmen include moves from modern dance, in your opinion?

martyross
04-21-2012, 11:40 PM
i've read that Dean had a big influence on ice dance, like, 'he created what we know as ice dance' or something. is it true? do you think that teams of the 90's copied T/D?

pollyanna
04-21-2012, 11:47 PM
i've read that Dean had a big influence on ice dance, like, 'he created what we know as ice dance' or something. is it true? do you think that teams of the 90's copied T/D?
Copied? Maybe not. Influenced by? Probably. Benefited from how T&D advanced the sport in a few short years? Absolutely.

martyross
04-22-2012, 12:01 AM
Copied? Maybe not. Influenced by? Probably. Benefited from how T&D advanced the sport in a few short years? Absolutely.

in what ways did the advance it?

Katarzyna
04-22-2012, 12:06 AM
You pay your dues in ice dancing work your way up gradually one step at a time unless you're russian :lol:
I can easily list think of non-Russian dance pairs, shooting up quickly though you might argue on their skating skills and if it was justified. :rolleyes:


And my absolute favourite competition is still 1990 Europeans.My fair lady,Missing,U/Z Tango, Zorba the Greek (opa!) and R/K Tango.And the first time I watched ice dancing and got hooked.
One of my favourite competitions too! :respec:

martyross
04-22-2012, 12:12 AM
it's interesting to see how Russian dance became after the greats. Navka/Kostomarov and Domnina/Shabalin look the same to me. a skating that wants to be grand, but comes off cold or even empty in its virtuosism. dont know if its the COP...i.e., less freedom. and it seems a steady decline.

pollyanna
04-22-2012, 12:14 AM
Not to take anything away from great champions Linichuk and Karponosov, but in 1980, a gold medal winning program looked like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxu4LbJUXrM). The program was a series of dissimilar dances pasted together to show mastery over all styles. (I must admit I giggled uncontrollably back in 1980 when I saw this great Soviet team segue into what passed for a hoedown dance!)

Even Torvill & Dean's dance was very traditional. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzeqrQGye_U

Two short years later, Torvill & Dean ignored the prevailing rules and introduced this program - not traditional dance at all, but a program with a theme and creative, unique moves that supported that theme. Mack and Mabel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNJQXCQt7Ek)

In 1983, they ignored the rules again, and armed with a great deal of research, created together with Barnum star Michael Crawford the remarkable Barnum (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydN5Glf9KI0) program. There are moments in this program that they move as two interlocking pieces of machinery, the moves are so complicated. One definitely feels as if they are attending a circus when they watch this. And of course, they shock everyone with the back flip. (As a side note, some of these moves come directly from the stage musical Barnum Incredible!)

And there was 1984's masterpiece, Bolero (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2zbbN4OL98). They received criticism for this dance because they used not traditional dance music, but classical music with no discernable dance beat, and the rhythm of the music was pretty much the same throughout the program.

There were other programs of course, like the 1984 paso doble OSP where Jane actually "became" a matador's cape. No one had seen ice dance like this before, and if weren't for them, we wouldn't have had Klimova and Ponomarenko's Bach program, or the Carmens of B&B and K&O, the great programs of A&P, the list goes on. And they heavily influenced the Finns R&K, who carried their creativity even further.

It may be hard in hindsight to appreciate T&D's contributions because we are used to today's programs, but for those of us who lived that period, what they did and achieved was astonishing.

Proustable
04-22-2012, 12:21 AM
I can easily list think of non-Russian dance pairs, shooting up quickly though you might argue on their skating skills and if it was justified. :rolleyes:

I think nuge was slighty mocking Sandra Bezic's comment in the video posted prior to his/her post.


it's interesting to see how Russian dance became after the greats. Navka/Kostomarov and Domnina/Shabalin look the same to me. a skating that wants to be grand, but comes off cold or even empty in its virtuosism. dont know if its the COP...i.e., less freedom. and it seems a steady decline.

Little bit of both, but I don't think they look that similar.

But I love love love COP dance..

skatesindreams
04-22-2012, 12:31 AM
And they heavily influenced the Finns P&K, who carried their creativity even further.

P and K trained with Torvill and Dean - and Mrs, Calloway - for at least part of the season for several years.
T and D's influence and inspiration was "all over" their skating, throughout their career.

martyross
04-22-2012, 12:39 AM
thank you so much, pollyanna! your post is really appreciated. i love learning from people in 'real time' instead that always from websites or books.

martyross
04-22-2012, 12:42 AM
But I love love love COP dance..
wow, you dont read this everyday :-D
may i ask you, what you like in it?

pollyanna
04-22-2012, 12:45 AM
thank you so much, pollyanna! your post is really appreciated. i love learning from people in 'real time' instead that always from websites or books.
You're welcome. :) And I appreciate your questions and your desire to learn about figure skating history. There's a wealth of knowledge here at FSU!

Proustable
04-22-2012, 12:51 AM
wow, you dont read this everyday :-D
may i ask you, what you like in it?

The combination of the athletic and artistic. The way both dancers should be even in a way that wasn't true in the past (Margaglio, Lobacheva). The crazy awesome beautiful lifts.

Aussie Willy
04-22-2012, 01:01 AM
I don't think it was about T&D ignoring or breaking the rules. They had to work within them. But it was probably more at the time doing things that no-one else had considered and did leave open questions to how they had interpreted them. And it was also about using every single bit of the music to create a mood or action. Even today a program like Mack or Mabel or Barnum can be held up as a standard of interpretation and choreography that very few skaters, whether they are singles, pairs or ice dancers, have achieved. Under IJS those programs are definately a 10 for components.

It also wasn't just about the OSP and FD. They achieved a standard in compulsories that no-one else has ever done. Their compulsories got 6.0s as well and well deserved. No fluff - just pure skating.

pollyanna
04-22-2012, 01:23 AM
I don't think it was about T&D ignoring or breaking the rules. They had to work within them.
T&D definitely did not always work within the rules. For example, women weren't allowed to be lifted above the man's shoulder. But the flip in Barnum definitely broke that rule. And the 1984 music broke the rules, and one or so of the judges at 1984 Euros dinged them for it. There was much talk about their music at the time, and many wondered if they would lose the Olympic title since they weren't following the rules.

And remember during their 1994 comeback, many wondered if they would choose to stick to the strict rules at that time, or choose to break them again.


It also wasn't just about the OSP and FD. They achieved a standard in compulsories that no-one else has ever done. Their compulsories got 6.0s as well and well deserved. No fluff - just pure skating.
Absolutely agree with this, in fact, I had started another post addressing this, but decided I had already been chatty enough and deleted it. :lol: