Skaters with the most interesting choreographies

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  1. Extranjera

    Extranjera New Member

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    There are many skaters whose good choreographies make them more interesting than others. Which skaters do you find to have the most interesting choreographies?

    My types:

    Ice dance:
    Bourne & Kraatz
    Davis & White

    Pairs:
    S & S

    Ladies:
    Kwan – I don’t get phenomen of “Lyra Angelica” and Tosca (I think Aranjuez was her best LP at nats), but even though that I think she had one of the best choreographies ever. Taj Mahal, Dream of Desdemona, Ariane, the feeling begins, Salome, Rachmaninov, Romanza, Scheherazade- they all are true diamonds to me.
    Cohen – amazing SP and ex ;)
    Asada – all exhibition programs since 2007/8
    Kim- Short programs
    Alena Leonova – FS to “ The Witches of Eastwick”
    Lepisto - last year FS

    Men:
    Takahashi
    Joubert- Matrix, Metallica, rise, malaguena, James Bond
    Lambiel
    Yagudin
     
  2. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    When it's about interesting choreography, I think of Jeremy Abbott, Joannie Rochette, Stephane Lambiel...
    Patrick Chan has interesting choreo, but I'm not fond of his interpretation. ;)
     
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    pani Well-Known Member

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    Kurt Brauning
    Torvill-Dean - this is icons in ice dance choreo.

    Buttle
    Lambiel
    Takahashi - Black Swan
    Kim
    Delobel-Shoenfelder
    Dusheny
    Anisina-Peizerat
     
  4. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

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    Kurt
    Matt Savoie
    Jeff Buttle
     
  5. miki88

    miki88 New Member

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    Michelle Kwan (early years)
    Lu Chen
    Yagudin
    Daisuke (TechnoSwan)
     
  6. let`s talk

    let`s talk Banned Member

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    ..and last season Tango SP :cheer:
     
  7. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

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    Lambiel
    Yagudin
    Browning
    Kwan
    Abbott
     
  8. smarts1

    smarts1 Well-Known Member

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    Lu Chen!
     
  9. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    Ice Dance:I don't really care
    Pairs:Abitbol & Bernadis
    Savchenko & Szolkowy
    Women:Amber Corwin :)
    Carolina Kostner :) :)
    Angela Nikodinov :inavoid:
    Men:Ilia Klimkin - Out of all of these, Klimkin's my favorite. Not always a fan of his music choices, though.
    Adrian Schultheiss
    Silvio Smalun
    Stefan Lindemann - but I don't really care for his skating
     
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  10. gk_891

    gk_891 Active Member

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    I personally look for difficult composition in terms of how and where the elements are all placed throughout the program and the extent to which they're interconnected to one another (in addition to how they're timed to the music and how they express the character of the program)

    Torvill & Dean (unmatched team)
    Klimova & Ponomarenko (astonishing technical abilities, they could handle such challenging choreography with amazing ease)
    Grishuk & Platov (love their choreography during their Dubova and Tarasova days, not so much during their Linichuk/Karponosov days)
    ETA - Virtue & Moir: they can handle very challenging choreography with a lot of ease, especially for a team so young
    ETA - Denkova & Staviski: during their earlier days, their programs perhaps not the most difficult but they had such a fascinating avant-garde feel and look to them
     
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    Rahkamo and Kokko
    Paul Wylie
     
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    Denvoka & Staviski
    Savchenko & Szolkowy
    Jeremy Abbott
    Carolina Kostner, esp. this year.
     
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    JerseySlore Active Member

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    Nakano, Bobek, Savoie, Denkova& Staviski, Delobel & Schoenfelder, Pechalat & Bourzat, B&S, S&S, Kim, Takahashi, Hubert, Lambiel, Kostner, Liang, Czisny.
     
  14. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

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    I agree with many of those listed above. No need to repeat. Unless people want to post links to well-choreographed programs and some skaters have many worth posting.

    I'll name a few who haven't been mentioned yet:

    Olga Markova
    Alice Sue Claeys
    David Liu
    Igor Pashkevich
    Michael Tyllesen
    Ryan Jahnke
    Stiegler/Zimmermann
    Annenko/Sretenski
    Usova/Zhulin
    Winkler/Lohse
     
  15. pinky166

    pinky166 Well-Known Member

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    Alena Leonova, Anna Ovcharova, and Kanako Murakami!
     
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    ks777 Well-Known Member

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    Yukina Ota
    Stephanie Rosenthal
     
  17. kia_4EverOnIce

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    Denkova&Staviski
    Lambiel
    Weir (pre-2006)
    Savchenko&Szolkowy
    Takahashi (esp. TechnoSwan)
    Javier Fernandez (pirates and this year sp)
    Alena Leonova
    Kostner (2005 & 2007 lp)
    Asada - 2009? worlds gala (tango)
    Ilia Klimkin
    Delobel&Schoenfelder
    Davis&White 2010 OD
     
  18. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    agreed, plus Takahashi's programs this year are to die for :swoon:

    Sandhu always had creative choreography as well :)
     
  19. aliceanne

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    Stephane Lambiel. I predict that his professional career will overshadow his competitive.
     
  20. CantALoop

    CantALoop Well-Known Member

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    Seconding these :inavoid:
    Adding Krisztina Czako and Vanessa Gusmeroli as well.
     
  21. siberia82

    siberia82 New Member

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    Most of my favourite skaters have already been mentioned, but I'd also to add Kristoffer Berntsson and Shawn Sawyer to this list. (Hey, someone has to cheer for the little guys! :cheer2:)
     
  22. Rex

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    I put Stephane in a class by himself :inavoid:
     
  23. RunnersHigh

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    Yu-na Kim, Arakawa, Nagasu, Rochette, Asada, Kostner,
    Chan, Dai, Joubert, Lambiel
     
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  24. Skate Talker

    Skate Talker Well-Known Member

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    Can't forget Sebastien Britten or Gary Beacom
     
  25. jl22aries

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    Oh Buttle Buttle Buttle
     
  26. gk_891

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    Sure, I'll post some.

    Torvill & Dean - 1984 Olympics OSP (Paso Doble)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_8AsMSn1ys
    - perhaps the greatest OSP of all time, such fascinating choreography and it expresses the character of the dance perfectly

    Torvill & Dean - 1984 Olympics (Bolero)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1SEZzqdh3A
    - IMO, the greatest example of seamless choreography

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - 1986 Worlds (Waltz, Polka, March)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O85swOkgj8
    - such a difficult program, everything flows from one element to the next

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - 1987 Worlds OSP (Viennese Waltz)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8JCK7YPqRY
    - one of the greatest OSP's of all time

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - 1988 Olympics (Beatles Medley)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acXA79rFf8c
    - another FD with incredibly difficult choreography but they perform it with such ease

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - 1989 Worlds (Mack the Knife)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwtIoc6I0t0
    - artistically, I don't care for this FD but the choreography was even more difficult than in prior years and they performed it to clinical perfection

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - 1991 Worlds (Lawrence of Arabia)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT6nx_ahnNU
    - a personal favourite of mine

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - 1992 Olympics (Bach)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIxXQWnV_Rg
    - again, very difficult choreography but this time, coupled with more expression

    Grishuk & Platov - 1992 Olympics (Prelude & Allegro)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRlNzp_V35A
    - I personally found the choreography to be fascinating even if the style is love-it or hate-it, a lot of difficult content

    Grishuk & Platov - 1995 Worlds OD (Quickstep)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EqTmB96Jbk
    - love how virtually the entire dance is done face to face

    Grishuk & Platov - 1997 Worlds OD (tango)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pFeVnhwkSU

    Grishuk & Platov - 1998 Olympics FD (Memorial Requiem)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXNmarKjyiY

    Anissina & Peizerat - 1998 Worlds OD (Jive)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEiQmRoouSk
    - the most underrated OD that year

    Denkova & Staviski - 1999 NHK (Xotica)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFEgifvy7gY
    - not the most difficult but I found this fd to be fascinating

    Denkova & Staviski - 2003 Worlds OD (march, waltz)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoGjwmOnfCE
     
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  27. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    Current people..

    Daisuke Takahashi
    Patrick Chan
    Jeremy Abbott
    Shawn Sawyer
    Ryan Bradley
    Tomas Verner
    Mao Asada
    Laura Lepisto
    Alena Leonova
    Savchenko/Szolkowy
    Kavaguti/Smirnov (it said interesting, not necessarily pleasant)
    Evora/Ladwig
    Davis/White
    Ilinykh/Katsalapov
    Crone/Poirier
    Carron/Jones
    Chock/Zuerlein (this season, at least)
    Kerrs

    Oldies..

    Kurt Browning
    Rudy Galindo
    Alexei Yagudin
    Jeff Buttle
    Stephane Lambiel
    Nicole Bobek
    Michelle Kwan
    Brasseur/Eisler
    Mishkutienok/Dmitriev
    Shen/Zhao
    Duschesnays
    Bourne/Kraatz
    Drobiazko/Vanagas
    Torvill/Dean
    Usova/Zhulin
    Klimova/Ponomarenko
     
  28. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

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    So, more links to some favorite choreography.

    Starting with dance.

    Duchesnays 1988 Worlds Tango OSP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEz1xYVO-aw

    Duchesnays 1988 Europeans Savage Rites
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkDmhr4-Evs

    Duchesnays 1990 Worlds Missing (the first half is nearly identical to Torvill & Dean's pro program on the same theme)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgo5-w7smSM

    Duchesnays 1991 Worlds Blues OD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aYAGtNxrh8

    Duchesnays 1991 Euros Reflections
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zxqaszjDTI

    Duchesnays 1991 Worlds Missing II
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCrAtaiJ2zw



    Usova/Zhulin 1991 Worlds Blues OD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdij7eJeEzY

    Usova/Zhulin 1991 Worlds Paganini
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BxsSkL4ooU

    Usova/Zhulin 1992 Olympics FD Four Seasons
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5nCz-Pl2Rs



    Rahkomo/Kokko 1992 Olympics Memory
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP-5zKsPxQg

    Rahkomo/Kokko 1993 Euros Valse Triste
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk2LqLNPelc
     
  29. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    I've watched Sebastien Britten's 1994 LP, what a beauty !
     
  30. DinDonShamu

    DinDonShamu New Member

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    G/P's The Feeling Begins was definitely the most :eek: I've ever seen in the past two decades, infinitely more intricate and difficult than all other teams behind them (and that's pre-CoP!), but I couldn't get the hype about Memorial, which was just a couple of random, ugly squatting moves thrown together for them to race around the rink for 4 1/2 minutes.

    Someone mentioned Vocalise by G/G (or was it in another thread :lol:)? That was by far the best pairs program I've ever seen. Was that based on the concept that Katia was a statue that came to life?