I don't necessarily think it's a match made in heaven, but I think it's a step in the right direction. Mao has some beautiful qualities in her skating that I just don't think were put on display last season -- no fault of Mao's, just the choreography did not seem to showcase her best qualities.
Asada and Liebestraum would be heaven!
I think this is a good move for Mao. At least for the time being, it's probably a good idea to go back to the tried and true, and Lori's programs for Mao have been solid if not fantastic (even Czardas holds up pretty well compared to her stuff from the last two years!)
Mao's 2009 Clair de Lune SP was my favorite Mao program to date. If Lori did that, she's got my vote!
Swan Lake + Mao... I really like the idea of that. She moves like a swan, even though its over-used, I agree with whoever said that if done right, it could be a signature program for her.
I think that even though the programs TT gave Mao were too big for her for the most part, they still really helped Mao grow and expand her expression. I think once she starts doing programs that are suited to her skating style again, you'll see all of the improvements TT made with Mao come through.
Either that or do Black Swan ala Weir and Baiul. That could be a classic but likely can be boring as a lp.
Perhaps, but if that was the intention all along I think it was silly to risk both technically and artistically in an Olympic year.I think that even though the programs TT gave Mao were too big for her for the most part, they still really helped Mao grow and expand her expression. I think once she starts doing programs that are suited to her skating style again, you'll see all of the improvements TT made with Mao come through.
I also think Mao's working with Lori is a right direction, but honestly, I can hardly expect something fresh from Lori. Hope I would watch a new side of Mao next season.
I think TAT has done a lot for Mao to help her improve her posture, line and footwork. As much as I admit it was not a very smart idea to choose such a challenging program for the Olympics, I still admire Mao for the challenge, and think all the hard work and efforts Mao put into that dark, powerful and heavy program will pay off some day and help her in the future.
Her performance at the worlds was not bad, she was quite expressive and emotional. I think Mao is a pretty versatile skater now.
What were so challenging about Masquerade Waltz and Bell? There wasn't that much going on in the program besides the straight line step sequence...
Of course Mao is prob the only lady that can skate to Swan Lake the best, but personally I want to see her skate to something not overused. Sasha's original version done by Tarasova was brilliant, and that's how I'd like to remember Swan lake for the final time. With Liebestraum there are many moments where something interesting can be done with the choreography...plus I think it can push Mao to show how fluid her skating used to be. It doesn't have to be princessy, but with her ballet mastery it can actually come across looking professional. Of course Lori may consider R&J but I think she has reserved it for Kimmie
My own two cents--I would really like for Mao to skate to a string version of Adagio for either her short or long program (most likely the short). Albeit, somewhat overused, I am in love with that music and I think that Mao will do it great justice!
I am SO happy to hear that Lori will be choreographing Mao's LP! I might be one of the few here, but I loved Mao's Czardas, for me that program was a lot of fun!!
I can't wait to see what they come up with for the upcoming season!