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10-22-2012, 07:23 AM
I learned to appreciate the cds a lot more than I used to (of course, now that they don't have cds anymore, a lot good that does me :P). There are some cds that stood out, even to a non-expert like myself.

One such cd was B&B's killian performed at the 1988 Olympics. (http://youtu.be/6FpGPUDXo3E)

What are some other top examples of the very best compulsories? I would assume that a team such as Klimova & Ponomarenko, who helped invent the goldenwaltz, were excellent in compulories as well.

What are some of your favorite compulsory dances?



10-22-2012, 10:13 AM
Domnina and Shabalin were amazing at the Tango
Torvill and Dean were great at every compulsory - they could trace their patterns exactly on the ice.

10-22-2012, 10:35 AM
A/P Quickstep at 02 olympics and G/P Rhumba 96.
Delobel/Shoenfelders YP .

10-22-2012, 12:05 PM
I agree with nuge about A&P 2002 Quickstep.
The Quickstep fo Pakhamova&Groshkov at 1976 Olympics is also very impressive.

This Paso Doble by Delobel&Schoenfelder has always impressed me :

10-22-2012, 12:07 PM
Torvill and Dean were great at every compulsory - they could trace their patterns exactly on the ice.
Absolutely :

10-22-2012, 03:37 PM
As mentioned above me, T&D's compulsories from the 1984 Olympics were absolutely perfect.

Partial footage of Klimova & Ponomarenko's starlight waltz at the 1990 goodwill games (picture perfect)

Grishuk & Platov - tango romantica from 1996
-some might not like their expression as it might not be soft enough for a romantic tango but I've seen many different interpretations of this dance, some very soft and flowing while others are much more aggressive, either way I love how huge their patterns are and their precise free legs

Klimova & Ponomarenko - paso doble from 1992
-very cute mark from the French judge here

Klimova & Ponomarenko - Viennese waltz from 1988

Grishuk & Platov - midnight blues from 1994

10-22-2012, 03:40 PM
I might also mention Grishuk & Platov's starlight waltz from 1994.
- again, it's a bit aggressive for a waltz but I love how huge their patterns are and their incredibly strong free lgs

10-22-2012, 04:12 PM
Did T/D trace their patterns at 94 olympics ?

10-22-2012, 04:17 PM
Grishuk & Platov's tango at the 1998 Olympics was amazing... had the same passion and intensity as their Libertango OD. IIRC this was after their first CD where they messed up on a step, so they had a lot to prove.

Another that springs to mind is V&M's tango at 2008 Worlds... they came in second to DelSchoes, showing they could play with the big guns in the CDs. That was the year B&A fell. What a shame the CDs ended during V&M's career, since they were quite good that young, and they could have evolved into one of the greats.

Sorry that I'm not in technik and don't know if these are tango romanticas or uh... whatever other tango CDs there are. :o

10-22-2012, 04:50 PM
The tango at the 1998 Olympics was the Argentine tango. G/P did a good job but not their best. But it was good enough for first as K/O skated with too much space between them (and I also disliked their over the top facial expressions).

Yes, Virtue & Moir's argentine tango from the 2008 worlds was excellent.

10-22-2012, 04:54 PM
Denkova & Staviski had excellent compulsories. They had a very nice Ravensburger waltz in 2006.

And their rhumba in 2007 was fantastically aggressive (their posture was a bit too forward at times though).

10-22-2012, 04:55 PM
Did T/D trace their patterns at 94 olympics ?

Not as well as they did in 1984. I personally thought they should've placed second in the blues CD though (ahead of U&Z, behind G&P).

10-22-2012, 07:32 PM
Klimova-Ponomarenko 1992 Oly (Paso Doble), 1988 Oly (Tango)

Krylova-Ovssianikov 1998 Oly

Domnina-Shabalin 2010 Oly

Usova-Zhulin 1992 Oly (Blues), 94 waltz

Grishchuk-Platov 1994 Oly Waltz

Annisina-Peizerat 2002 Oly

Lobacheva-Averbukh 2002 Oly

10-22-2012, 08:36 PM
Grishuk & Platov - midnight blues from 1994

This is The Blues (http://www.ice-dance.com/main/technical-reference/dance-patterns-descriptions/blues) CD, one of the many compulsory dances invented in England in the 1930s.

The Midnight Blues (http://www.ice-dance.com/main/technical-reference/dance-patterns-descriptions/midnight-blues) didn't exist as an ice dance in 1994 -- that was one of the more complicated dances added recently to raise the bar in compulsory dances at the senior level before CDs as a separate phase of competition were eliminated. So far it was only used in the 2003 and 2004 seasons; here's an example (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svr2eYsTTaY). I wonder if it will ever find its way into the Short Dance. Shame to waste all the effort that went into developing it.

10-22-2012, 08:50 PM
I work as a dance partner right now, so I lovvvve the compulsories! :p
My favs - Cha Cha Congelado, Westminster Waltz, Silver Samba, Tango Romantica, Yankee Polka