Your favorite step sequence

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  1. Proustable

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    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.
     
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    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!
     
  4. miki88

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    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.
     
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    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 :swoon: 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
     
  7. LilJen

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    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.
     
  8. johndockley92

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    How about in pairs? I find that most pairs step sequences are not good, but perhaps you all know of some good ones?
     
  9. gkelly

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    90s boys

    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
     
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    Cohen - Malaguena
     
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    Abt was/is a wonderful skater who didn't get his due, but did you have to drag the comments about Todd into this discussion? That said, I like Scott Hamilton as a skater/person, not so much as a commentator.

    Re; footwork - just about anything Kurt does!
     
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    Never heard of David Liu. That was most enjoyable!! Dude was all COP before COP--interesting and creative spin positions included.
     
  20. Jun Y

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    Possibly my favorite Abt routine. I wish he had done a Blues program because his edges are perfect for it.

    Ah the gorgeous skating skills of Japanese men ...

    One thing that emerges for me is how large the gap was among skaters in terms of step sequence choreography in the 6.0 era. The step sequences from skater to skater were very different in their technical content and difficulty/intricacy/variety (to borrow a phrase from components). I wonder if skaters and coaches back then felt they had little incentive to put a difficult step sequence in a program and practice really hard for it.
     
  21. Vash01

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    Abt's SP skated to the Russian sailors dance has wonderful footwork. I don't remember if he skated it in 2003 or another year.
     
  22. Zemgirl

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    He had it for two seasons, 2002-3 (the year he won Russian Nats) and 2003-4.

    Remember when he did Gasolina at the Red Square gala a few years back? That was fun.
     
  23. VIETgrlTerifa

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    I really enjoyed Abt back in the day, and thought he was underappreciated, but his posture annoys the heck out of me.
     
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    That is the first routine that popped into my head as soon and I saw this thread. I just love it.

    Much better than having to listen to Scott! Thank you!

    I loved the Sailor routine...and Gasolina was such fun. He did some really great exhibition numbers...Zorro was another one! (for fun his Pulp Fiction & Mambo, also loved What a Wonderful World & the A Postcard in Winter)

    *sigh* I really miss Abt!
     
  30. Vash01

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    I must add Mao's step sequence in her Rachamaninoff LP in 2014, particularly in Sochi. It had both technique and emotion.

    Chan's step sequence in his 'Elegy' SP was wonderful. Actually most of his step sequences are. He flies across the ice.