Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by sk8ingcoach, Feb 5, 2013.
What would be your favorite step sequences or choreographed sequences by a singles skater ??
My favorites would be
Carolina Kostner - All for the past 3 seasons
Takahiko Kozuka - 2010-2011 LP
Rachael flatt - 2010-2011 Sp
Mao Asada - 2012-2013 Sp
Akiko Suzuki - All for the past 2 seasons
Yuzuru Hanyu - 2011-2012 Lp
Patrick Chan - 2010-2011 Lp
Yagudin's race car SP. The footwork was inventive, and Alexei looked sexy as heck doing them
MK's Tosca SLF at Nationals.
Well, fresh from watching the Lambiel videos on another thread....I would say Lambiel's La Traviata and William Tell both. And of course, Alexei's Winter, MITIM and I loved the racing one too. Shows how to take a theme and work it.
I loooooooooooooove Carolina's "L'Après-midi d'un faune" spiral & step sequence, imo one of the best sequences that has been done under COP: http://youtu.be/3Gb2g0IDKSw?t=3m30s
Pre-COP: http://youtu.be/HuwrdXlFVRc?t=1m14s This impressed me because she had so much speed throughout the whole sequence and it just flowed beautifully.
I usually like all of Mao's step sequences but there was one that included lots of twizzles in all different directions (I think it might have even been an exhibition program). I can't seem to find the video but I really, really liked that one.
Stéphane's "Tell" - even though not my favorite program of his, this was an amazing step sequence and he sold it 150%: http://youtu.be/pwnqYkMRSyg?t=3m4s
Javier's drunk pirate. Maybe not the most difficult or appealing to the eye but you could see that this guy is something special: http://youtu.be/1p_NF-57EV8?t=1m39s
Patrick - he is a master of the blade and his steps are just incredible. I like how he always moves in unexpected directions: http://youtu.be/gzZWPjliHiA?t=1m57s
Daisuke http://youtu.be/pWCYD9OC6Eg?t=2m22s and
Current step sequences look pretty much the same to me. I find it hard to get excited about them.
My favorite is pre-CoP, from my favorite Yagudin short program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og59QN4L_ko
Takahashi's Rachmaninoff 2 LP
B&S's Lady Caliph SP
Irina's 2006 SP
Michelle Kwan - Tosca LP
Yuka Sato- all of them
Yagudin's Gladiator, Winter, Nutrocker
Candeloro - d'Artagnan
Lambiel & Takahashi - almost anything!
Under the 6.0 system.
I honestly only remember Yagudin's footwork.
Under COP. The ones that come to mind.
Buttle - SP 2006 Olympics.
Lambiel - LP 2007 Worlds
Chan - SP 2009 Worlds
Takahashi - SP 2010 Olympics
Yuna Kim - SP 2010 Olympics
Chan - SP 2011 Worlds - he skated most of his step sequence backwards and it was amazing to see such blade control.
Asada - SP 2012-2013 season.
Kostner - LP 2012-2013 season.
Michelle Kwan's Aranjuez.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq06Pd5EXe8 (from 3:12)
Maybe not the most difficult footwoork but so expressive!
Robin Cousins. 1980 Olympics SP to Railway Children.
With the crazy crowd, and that we couldn't hear the music ! It was amazing. So great memories about that. Almost 10 years ago...OMG !
wish we could've seen what she would've done with her footwork had she competed under ijs longer
Also, Yagudin's footwork was
Footwork nowadays is amazing and difficult but....a lot of times it doesn't fit with the music.
How can people not mention Kurt Browning or Scott Hamilton!
In COP. Chan. Takahashi, Mao, Kozuka, Abbot.
A lot of Barna's are tremendous. I simply looove the one from his 89 & 91 SP. Difficult yet perfectly timed to the music and executed with great speed. He was ahead of his time.
I always remember the commentators saying that Yuka Sato was ahead of her time turning in both directions and covering lots of ice pre-COP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaVpADchwOY
Carolina Kostner 2005 SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mHrWWWdp-g
But as cheesy at it was Candeloro doing d'Artagnan with fencing was always entertaining http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDb3fuvslfc
I have to agree. I discussed this with a friend recently, and my feeling was that current programs (and step sequences) are often better constructed than 6.0 ones, but because there are very clear requirements that one must check off to get good scores, they tend to be more similar and thus, less memorable. I mainly notice IJS step sequences because of good execution or poor execution, not for actual content, excitement or wow factor.
Say what you will for Yagudin doing level 0 and Candeloro's D'Artagnan being cheesy, those step sequences stood out and fit within the programs and the music. Covering the entire ice with every change of edge and direction known to man just doesn't have the same effect.
Though Lambiel had some pretty ones. But I got the sense that Lambiel was just being Lambiel and kind of bending the system to his will, rather than the other way around. I've also liked some of Takahashi's - NOT Swan Lake, which I always found disjointed, but in his programs last year, and La Strada had fun circular steps, IIRC.
Petr Barna's name in this thread made me think about this other step sequ. from 1992 Olympics.
A beautiful one : David Liu 1992 Olympics SP
And one of my favorite, even if I don't really like this skater, I have a big respect for this line :
Irina Slutskaya 2002 SP
That was spectacular! Especially David Liu's! I remember being blown away at the first time I saw this performance. He had quite a talent!
That was lovely - thanks!
Navka and Kostomarov's non-touching midline steps were to die for. I also loved Virtue and Moir's original second step sequence in Carmen.
2008 Daisuke Takahashi SP
I made a mistake I think because even though they both (circular and straight) express the music very well, they are not outstanding (Barna's 1990-1992 SP). The overall program is delightfull though. Here it is :
The 3/3 is huuuge !
This is his straight line for 89 SP Euro, the one from worlds is even better but I couldn't find it on YT, for me it's his best SP, I could watch it all day long :
The one from his 84 SP also includes difficult turns on both sides, no video available too.
It's not the real topic here but Anissina Peizerat 3rd 2001 OD was very strong and skated very well, very quickstep feeling and included a wonderful straight line, reminding of ice dancing from the old days. Too bad it was too late. It's a general feeling that FP/M that years were better on that portion but I strongly disagree, maybe at euro (and still, for me Drobiazko Vanagas should have won it) but that's it. Looking back on the judging for the OD at 2001 worlds I realise how wrong the judging was. I'd had the french easily in 1st, the lituanians 2nd with the canadians 3rd (close call here with the seconds) and Chait Sakhnovski 4th. The Italians skated tentative and let's be real, she does all the work. L/A were very close to ugliness during their whole program (plus the end is so strange).
This adult figure skater's. Werk it!
I'm with ya!
That was very special. Thanks for posting!
Thanks also to Nours (and to floskate) re the trip down memory lane with Petr Barna Petr was very lovely and charming in person too. I remember fondly his sweet smile and wonderful sense of humor. I wonder how Petr is doing these days? It would be nice if manleywoman could interview him for her podcast.
Takahashi's techno swan
Kostner's The Doors program - 2007 SP. I don't necessarily like the whole program, but the steps are great.
Lambiel's flamenco program - 2008 LP. This whole program is amazing
Yagudin before I really followed figure skating, must have been 2000? 2001?
2006 Matt Savoie's free skate circular steps:
This program is full of tension and shadows mixed with light. The circular steps provide a bright and tender spot in the middle of darkness.
2013 Wesley Campbell's free skate (Ave Maria) has the best choreographic step sequence I have ever seen since the rule for choreo steps was implemented. Long, smooth edges seamlessly matched to the music, sweeping the entirely surface and back. This is what choreo steps SHOULD look like. (Kudos to Sheryl Franks!)
oh yes, daisuke takahashi's swan lake hip hop is AMAZING
Jeff Buttle: Naqoyqaatsi. Those little disjointed jerks he does fascinate me.
Patrick Chan: Virtually all of them, but his second Aranjuez sequence is just glorious. Though that whole program might as well be described as a footwork sequence interrupted with spins and jumps it's so complex.
Stephane Lambiel: Poeta. Both of them. Amazing.
Virtue/Moir: Their non-touching sequences in their 2007 OD, 2010 OD and 2011 SD were just sublime pieces of skatecraft.
Takahashi/Tran: "Feeling Good."
Takahashi: His "Eye" Tango SP steps were jawdroppingly good.
Too many to name.
A few memorable ones from IJS era:
Cohen Dark Eyes
Abbott A Day in the Life
Thanks Jun Y, Nours, floskate, briancoogaert, and others (especially for the links to programs and step sequences). These wonderful examples (David Liu, Petr Barna, Robin Cousins, Dai Takahashi, Matt Savoie, and Jeremy Abbott in particular) of lovely performances and transcendent moments in time are truly what makes figure skating exciting, and its what figure skating is all about at its best. Kudos to the skaters and to the coaches, and last but not least, to the choreographers!
I think you are referring to her Chopin Ballade Exhibition. Here is a video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4jXbjQL45U
I also really like Mao's step sequence in her Clair De Lune SP.
Takahashi always have exciting step sequences.
Under 6.0 system, I loved the step sequences from Michelle's Romanza program (fast and great ice coverage) and Lu Chen's Spring Breeze SP, which beautifully conveyed the theme of her program.
two from the 6.0 era:
3:41-4:00 in this video of John Curry's Olympic free skate
the choreographic steps in Chen Lu's Last Emperor program (3:16-3:30; 3:48-4:10)
Interesting discussion of 6.0 vs. IJS. Almost all of the examples that immediately sprang to my mind were 6.0 programs, because of the creativity and emphasis on musicality. I remember them because of how they fit into an overall program. I remember the exact part of the music that was playing. Also, speed! Some IJS skaters like Takahashi and Kostner have difficult footwork with great speed, but some skaters are painfully slow and I hate that thing where they stop, and like, are going to head in the other direction, and then come back, and stop again, and finally get on with it. So ugly. Going through these youtube videos, the old ones seem sooo much shorter!
In addition to many already mentioned (Candeloro's D'Artagnan, Yagudin's Winter), here are some other favorites:
Oksana Baiul's Swan Lake http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6zKfZVurJY&feature=player_detailpage#t=123s - The steps are simple, but it's the most musical ever... the energy, expression, and excitement The spiral sequence here is also exquisite.
Surya - Caravan... again simple, but fun, fierce, fantastic interp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5G8rQl7L0g&feature=player_detailpage#t=148s
Kostner's one foot sequence from her 2003 SP... her early days... light and unpretentious http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=KZBz7juIsg4#t=108s
Abt - Artsakh... such a dancer http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-zipCnbnxp4#t=66s
the second sequence is even better http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-zipCnbnxp4#t=133s (please disregard the jackass Hamilton talking about Eldredge's quad)
I think it was Dmitrenko who had a lovely circular step on one foot to Albinoni's Adagio circa 2000, which I can't find
youtube is slow for me, so I'll just post names...
N&K - Ain't No Sunshine
DenSta - Baroque with the lovely interweaving straightline steps
G&P - 1995 OD And FD
A&P and L&A - 2002 ODs, flamenco
YES YES YES to all these. I would add:
The original and best drunken pirate footwork, from Braden Overett
Footwork in Jeremy Abbott's Santana SP choreographed by Kurt Browning (heck, I love the whole program too)
Jeremy's 2011 LP Footwork (whole program, really) so delightfully reflective of the music and the film. Compare the two step sequences with the sound muted and see how utterly different they are in style. Now this is a skater with RANGE (and thank you, Pasquale Camerlengo).
Jeremy 2012 LP The second sequence especially. Of COURSE.
How about in pairs? I find that most pairs step sequences are not good, but perhaps you all know of some good ones?
Speaking of Alexander Abt and one-foot step sequences, this isn't a competitive program, but it is pretty incredible
Couldn't find Dmitrenko's one-foot sequences, but this one is fun, starting from the double axel
Two great step sequences and a double axel-steps sequence from Sebastien Britten
Amazing ice coverage with good complexity and what's that right at the end of the circle? Second sequence is good as well
Let's up the ante on that circle into double axel
I love a good serpentine step sequence with a fun theme or effortless speed
I love the energy (and the 1.5 toe loop) in this sequence from Andrejs Vlascenko here
another sequence with 1.5 jump from Michael Weiss
Hanae Yokoya's step sequence in her 1996 LP was very memorable for me as it's incredibly musical:
Even Uncle Dickie and Peggy commented on it.
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