Among the show's highlights for me were “Summertime” followed by the Mahler. Just magnificent performances by skaters at the peak of the power. Another fave - the “Intermission” program. This cast meshes well. If they secretly hate each others’ guts, they’re faking friendship superbly.
Informal practices are always fun to watch. Saw lots of cute stuff, like when Kurt was practicing footwork, and Joannie started to playfully imitate him. I just wanted to pick them both up, put them in my purse and have them with me to do charming things like that all day. BTW Dear AllSkatersEverywhere: Mr. Browning is a good person to try to imitate footwork-wise. (Also, in another thread I related an anecdote that made me think Joannie’s competitive fire might still be there.)
It took me awhile to realize some skaters were running through parts of programs, not skating to random warmup songs. [I’d thought Jeff was ad-libbing this choreo to “Sympathy …” ] At one point some skaters were doing part of the finale and Cynthia, walking along the sideline, suddenly started a bit of it too.
I liked seeing Tessa and Scott practice the Goose with the “illegal” dismount. (Got a cheer from the small audience watching practice.) And some of their even more elaborate program moves!! [I’d just put eyes back in head from viewing the eligible skaters’ JumpFest, and was all again.] And then this was followed by Dub/Lauz, running through a bit of their program, all slinky and everything. No one even has to ask if they’re sleeping together amirite?