Kharis RALPH Asher HILL

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  1. lavenderblue

    lavenderblue Active Member

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    I felt like they should have placed higher, but I'm not a technical specialist.

    What I enjoy so much with this couple is the unique spin they put on various styles. A tango FD is so standard, but they're really producing something different (such as in the opening sequence) that still feels like an actual tango. I recall their SD last season also included some really original-seeming elements that separated it a bit from the other general waltzes.

    It's a little tough to think ahead to Nationals, as I also adore Paul/Islam and want them to succeed...but Canada really has some lovely, fresh up-and-comers right now.
     
  2. DORISPULASKI

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    I really liked their take on crossing twizzles=just excellent!
     
  3. sequins

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    Just watched their FD and I really loved it! I like this team, they look like contenders this year, much improved.
     
  4. The Accordion

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    I love these 2 and can't wait to see how their dances grow over the season. I agree that their FD is very difficult!
     
  5. ~tapdancer~

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    I watched a Russian feed of the gala at SA tonight...Asher performed shirtless! Although he did put a white t-shirt on for the finale! :lol:

    He's very intense. I like that about him. They definitely have improved this year.
     
  6. shan

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    What did they skate to in the gala?
     
  7. literaryfreak

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    Nat King Cole - Nature Boy
     
  8. blue_idealist

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    I thought so too. I thought their FD was a little better than that of Tobias/Stagniunas but then again I'm not a technical specialist either.
     
  9. DORISPULASKI

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  10. clarie

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    Well they just better up their TES then ;). I think they have improved greatly and seem to be well motivated to up their game.......Good luck to them.
     
  11. pani

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    Sorry, but for me Tobias & Stagniunas medal look like a joke. This look like Shpilband force nothing more.
    I understand now in ice dance nobody watching did dancers skate with music or no. But R-H FD was most difficult at this competition, and they must have higer marks in CH and Tr.
     
  12. DORISPULASKI

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    No, that was the problem. They didn't succeed in getting the higher levels. They got only level 2 on their steps, and a level 2 on their final lift. If they had gotten level 4 on the lift, they would have the medal. And it looks like that lift was designed not to get level 4, for that matter. (It didn't have enough rotations).

    But without doubt, Ralph & Hill had the coolest twizzle sequence at Skate America.

    Grushina/Goncharov pulled the same trick back at Olympics 2006 as Tobias/Stagniunas did here: Tobias & Stagniunas really worked the code of points, and used the fact that if you go slow on the footwork and use very open holds, you might be able to hit those edges enough for the higher levels. And they picked music that really appealed to the crowd for both their programs (Shakira, Let's Twist Again, Only You, & Tutti Frutti, so that the crowd was really on their side, despite it being an American crowd and not a Lithuanian crowd ;) )
     
  13. pani

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    So how judges could give credits for skaters, who use not too much open holds?
     
  14. DORISPULASKI

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    Change the rules.

    Open holds are not penalized right now and closed holds are only slightly rewarded.
     
  15. pani

    pani Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! Did you talk about positions in step sequenses or in transitions?
    Because if you are talking about SS - i think they really need to change the rules.
     
  16. DORISPULASKI

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    Step Sequences in Hold

    Them's the current rules Rule 603, ยง 4

    Then for Level 4:

    Nothing says you have to deliberately pick tricky, difficult holds, but hand in hand does not count as a hold.

    This question from the Judge's Handbook is apt:

    If a couple includes Hand in Hand Hold (not sustained) between Kilian and Tango Holds,
    does it count for one or two Changes of Hold?

    You might get a bump for a difficult hold in transitions, but the actual wording is

    and the guidelines for 9.0 to 10.0 in Transitions is:
    When you drop down to guidelines for 8.0 to 8.75, the word 'difficult' is still used for hold, but by the time you have dropped to 7.0 to 7.75, it says:

    So really difficult hold might get you an extra .25 in transitions from some judges, but no where else is it rewarded, and only excessive hand in hand skating is explicitly not rewarded, and if you're at the R&H level & Tobias & Stagniunas level (mid 6's), difficult holds are not gaining you much at all. You would be better to work on getting Level 3 for your step sequence - which also improves a number of PCS components, since you would then have proof of stronger edges.

    So to reward difficult holds, you'd have to change the rules.

    In fact, I don't think the rules even have an explicit definition for a difficult hold right now, other than 'not a hand in hand hold', but I could be wrong about that. I just don't remember one.
     
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  17. pani

    pani Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Doris!
     
  18. csparkles

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    The number of rotations was not the problem with the lift, Doris. It's a one handed rotational with change of level, which does not require as many rotations. The problem was that the lift has to go up and down one handed with no assistance form the other arm of the man. As Kharis goes up she is a bit twisted, and Asher has to use his other arm to put her down or she would fall, and there goes the level four, which they got at Nebelhorn no problem. Such a shame, it was a beautiful skate. They also got level three circular footwork at Nebelhorn, but as every dancer and coach knows, every tech panel can see footwork differently, and it's very easy to lose a level.
     
  19. DORISPULASKI

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    Ah! I thought it was planned with the 2 hand set down.

    Yes, the tech panels are all very different. Judy Blumberg is definitely a tough stickler, and I know she was at Skate America.

    Their FD was very nice indeed.
     
  20. jl22aries

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    This FD is one of the ones I've been re-watching. I really like it.
     
  21. pingu

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmdYWw404g4
    I like what the commentator is saying in this video :)
    I was lucky to see both the SD and FD at Thornhill this summer, and in the SD (especially the beginning) Asher Hill reminded me of Leroy Johnson from Fame :D
     
  22. clarie

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    Asher is a little hawtie with a beautiful smile while Kharis has a very lush figure for an ice-dancer.....very nice looking team, at least I think so (shallow, I know). I'm looking forward to seeing them in "person" this weekend. They get the award for most improved team :)
     
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  23. Cheylana

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    Well, he did the right thing. Better to be safe and skate another day, than to take the risk and be sorry.
     
  24. pani

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  26. clarie

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    Love, love, love that program......good luck to them at Nats. Who choreo'd it, anyone know?
     
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    From Aher twitter - they will use Can-Can for SD. Cant wait to see! Hope they will impress me next season, like they did with there tango at WCH!
    And they will show SD at Thornhill in August.
     
  29. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Reposting this from the Canadian Dance thread:
    A competition thread for COS Summer Skate in Thornhill has been started in the 2012-13 Kiss and Cry forum.
     
  30. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Ralph/Hill, Gilles/Poirier and other dance teams coached by Carol Lane & Co. will perform in an exhibition organized by Scarboro FSC/Ice Dance Elite on Tuesday, July 31st, 7-9 pm in Thornhill, Ontario -- more info here: http://www.sfsc.on.ca/so_you_think_you_can_judge