The three best PRO ice dance teams

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Vash01, Dec 30, 2012.

Three best PRO ice dance teams

Poll closed Apr 29, 2013.
  1. Torville-Dean

    78 vote(s)
    82.1%
  2. Klimova-Ponomarenko

    55 vote(s)
    57.9%
  3. Krylova-Ovssianikov

    9 vote(s)
    9.5%
  4. Annenko -Sretenski

    9 vote(s)
    9.5%
  5. Rakhamo - Koko

    12 vote(s)
    12.6%
  6. Bestemianova- Bukin

    8 vote(s)
    8.4%
  7. Usova-Zhulin

    19 vote(s)
    20.0%
  8. Usova-Platov

    8 vote(s)
    8.4%
  9. Roca - Sur

    19 vote(s)
    20.0%
  10. Wilson-McCall

    10 vote(s)
    10.5%
  11. Anissina-Peizerat

    19 vote(s)
    20.0%
  12. Other (Specify)

    4 vote(s)
    4.2%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    We might as well do the remaining of the 4 disciplines- ice dance.

    I am assuming that Torville-Dean will be on everyone's list, but I decided to add them because the poll would not look complete without them.
     
  2. nuge

    nuge Well-Known Member

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    Pasha and Sasha :D
     
  3. lulu

    lulu New Member

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    Torvill & Dean and Klimova & Ponomarenko # 1 & 2, easily. Far and away the best professional ice dance teams.

    The third spot is a bit more difficult for me. I know A&S had a great career a pro skaters, so I can see how they would make someone's top 3 list, although I prefer other skaters to them. I lurve A&P and R&K, but much more so for their eligible career than their professional career; if only for the reason that I'm much more familiar with their eligible career. I love U&Z as well, and I do think they had some beautiful routines as pro skaters, along with some :scream: ones-like "Love Story" with that balloon. :lol: K&O had a relatively short career as pro skaters, but I found their "Still Got the Blues" number absolutely fab. But, when thinking of great ice dance teams, I inevitably think of great programs, and there is one program that stands out for me-B&B's "Rasputin." Drama: check! Death Re-Enactment: Quadruple Check! This is one of my favorite programs of all time, and just based on that program & all of the work B&B have done with their ice theater in Russia, I'm going to give the number 3 spot to B&B.
     
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  4. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

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    Torvill & Dean and Klimova & ¨Ponomarenko for sure. I would give the third spot to a team like Annenko & Stretenski or Roca & Sur who shone much more as pros than amateurs. Punsalen & Swallow and Krylova & Ovsiannikov were also wonderful even if the career of K&O as pros was relatively short. Usova & Zhulin were a good professional team at times, despite their turbulent relationship by then, not what they might have been otherwise.
     
  5. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    T&D, K&P, and B&B. Loved B&B's Rasputin, Greenpeace, and Iron Curtain programs (the latter don't seem to be on youtube).
     
  6. merrywidow

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    I'm surprised that Wilson & McCall haven't received more votes. There pro routines were so lively, intricate & fun. It was a pity that Rob bacame ill & passed away young.
     
  7. lulu

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    Do you know the year(s)/event(s) Greenpeace and Iron Curtain were performed?
     
  8. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    1991 and 1992 World pro.
     
  9. lulu

    lulu New Member

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    Thanks!
     
  10. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

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    I liked their 'Smooth Operator' routine, but the audience at the World Pro didn't. Hmm. Wonder why? :p
     
  11. blue_idealist

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    Torvill/Dean, Klimova/Ponomarenko, and Usova/Platov. If I'd been more familiar with some of the dance teams' pro routines on this list, I might have made a different choice for third, but I'm not that familiar with some of the teams' routines and I was really impressed by Usova and Platov together, even though they were only together for such a short time. I actually liked Platov better with Usova than with Grishuk, and they looked especially good skating against former partners Grishuk and Zhulin, who were kind of a professional train wreck at times.
     
  12. nuge

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    Yes but they were an exciting train wreck :D
    I loved all three of their programmes .Smooth Operator Enigma and Toni Braxton .:p
     
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  13. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    B&B never (past their first year as pros) received high marks from the judges, but I loved their experimentation, creativity, bringing new themes to ice dance. As pros they fully utilized their freedom to create the programs they wanted to, since they were not limited by 'must win this competition' type programs. It seems as pros they did not really care if they won the competition or not; they had already won the most coveted medal- the OGM.

    In addition to those you mentioned, I liked their program skated for the victims of an earthquake (I hope my memory is correct); they both wore black pants and white shirts. I also liked their 'ocean and bird' program with blue costumes.
     
  14. lulu

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    The 'ocean & bird' costume is the "Greenpeace" program. :) One of the commentators mentioned that Natalia & Andrei are "Greenpeace people" which is probably how the program got its moniker. When I first saw the title, I thought B&B would be re-enacting a Greenpeace protest on ice. :rofl: But you know, if anyone could pull off that type of that type of void, it would be B&B.
    ITA about B&B creativity and experimentation on ice, its wonderful that they, and Igor Borbin, are still contributing so much through their ice theater as well.
     
  15. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    ETA: They also had a 'Chess' program where they dressed as black & white chess pieces. I don't remember the details.
     
  16. kuzytalent

    kuzytalent Active Member

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    I dont understand why anyone are saying B&B. I thought they were a terrible pro team.
     
  17. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    They were very innovative as pros. I appreciated that about them.
     
  18. Taso

    Taso Well-Known Member

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    I had to vote for B&B as well, for the same programs that Cher mentioned. I knew everyone would vote for T&D so I didn't bother - their body of work, and Klimova & Ponomarenko's, are famous and those two teams should clearly be 1 and 2. Usova & Zhulin's 'Butterfly' and Annenko & Sretenski's 'Adagietto' are two of my very favorite pro programs - I went with them as my next teams based on these programs alone.
     
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    euterpe Well-Known Member

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    Bechke and Petrov.
     
  21. Jessica

    Jessica Active Member

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    I assume you're joking since Bechke and Petrov were a pairs team. They were actually my favorite pro pairs team.

    As far as pro ice dance teams--I also enjoyed Punsulan/Swallow. I was glad to see them get recognition as pros.
     
  22. KimGOAT

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    The best were Roca & Sur, Annenko & Stretenski, and Punsalen & Swallow.
     
  23. KimGOAT

    KimGOAT Active Member

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    Why are Punsalen & Swallow, probably the best pro ice dance team ever, off the poll.