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    Quote Originally Posted by barbk View Post
    Shibutani's should be happy. Who else?
    Meeeeee!!!!!! Yankee Polka almost makes up for the annoyance that was this year's short dance. I expect most of them to be horrid and I'll love every single tacky costume!!
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    Yankee Polka is one of the most awesome CDs.

    We're gonna see a lot of trashy SDs and country bumpkin programs. It will be hilariously bad.

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    I'm actually somewhat excited by the prospect of this. I actually expect that a lot of teams will do really well with this. I think each SD will either be really good, or a complete trainwreck, though. I don't think there can be an in-between with this dance. That being said, I'm excited by the prospect of interesting music choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI View Post
    The Massachusetts state polka

    (The Ballroom Polka)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QCo-131jOc

    At first glance, I read this as Bathroom Polka...

    Quote Originally Posted by literaryfreak View Post
    I was listening to a polka version of Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" the other day that was kinda awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcoekyMCWzg
    That is so bad it's Thanks for posting! Hearing that guy singing the lyrics is the best!! "You're ups then you're down..."
    Last edited by shan; 01-30-2012 at 05:02 AM.

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    I need to throw in my weird polka finds:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AKez2s_K5Q

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    Quote Originally Posted by shan View Post
    I need to throw in my weird polka finds:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AKez2s_K5Q
    Weird Al is the first thing I think of when it comes to the word "polka." I wonder if anyone will use his music for the SD. Or does that cross the line from slightly silly into zany-in-a-bad-way territory? Well, for one thing, next year's SD will not be boring.

    That is so bad it's Thanks for posting! Hearing that guy singing the lyrics is the best!! "You're ups then you're down..."
    I personally think the Ukrainian polka version of "Hot N Cold" is better than the original.
    Last edited by literaryfreak; 01-30-2012 at 05:28 AM.

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    As long as Paul Porrier brings some of that fantastic level 4 chest hair like he did in the Latin SD at Canadians, I'm in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    I really miss compulsories.
    So do I.
    We see this season that it's difficult to insert a compulsory in a short dance. I can't even imagine what will be the results with the Yankee Polka !!!!

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    From the ice-dance.com reference book

    http://www.ice-dance.com/images/stor...ankeePolka.pdf


    Although the polka is a bouncy dance, the basic principles of stroking and effortless flow must be adhered to; the dance must not look labored, sloppy or somber.
    What are your guesses for the 6 key points (3 per half of the dance)? I haven't a clue, really.

    I'm thinking probably the closed choctaw (both man and lady) will go for two of them, but what about the others.

    Perhaps step 16 for both as the 3rd point for the first half (where not doing a rocker instead of an outside 3 will be key)?

    In the second sequence,

    steps 32-33 for the lady?

    Maybe the wide steps in 45 - 47 for both?

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    Here's a Yankee Polka Compulsory instructional video as demonstrated by Usova and Zhulin, if people want to get a closer look at the steps and have some explanation to go along with them. I'm not sure where it comes from but seems pretty official.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pp55 View Post
    Definitely it will be interesting. I love this dance.

    Question: will they have to do 2 patterns of Yankee Polka in SD?
    Interesting question. It's a whole lot longer than 2 patterns of the rhumba. . . How would you fit in all the required elements?

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    I suspect like the GW, they will do one pattern, split in 2 pieces.

    The U&Z video I believe is from a commissioned set of instructional ice dance videos? I think by the ISU, but it could be a federation??

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    I don't like the short dance but the yankee polka is a favorite cd. I hope one doesn't wreck the other. Tessa Virtue had a Yankee Polka cd dress that opened like an umbrella when she spun in 2007. That was worth first place by itself, and I'm not even taking into account the little braided buns at her temples.

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    Yes!!! Between the crazy costumes, somewhere I have photos of a team in red, white, and blue polka outfits, and the music (didn't someone find a polka version of Madonna for one of the folk ODs?), this should be a hoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikjil View Post
    Yes!!! Between the crazy costumes, somewhere I have photos of a team in red, white, and blue polka outfits, and the music (didn't someone find a polka version of Madonna for one of the folk ODs?), this should be a hoot.
    The Beiers ... their OD in 2007.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh2_Ns_JfnY

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenlyon60 View Post
    The Beiers ... their OD in 2007.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh2_Ns_JfnY
    Next season can't get here soon enough for me!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Subway View Post
    Tessa Virtue had a Yankee Polka cd dress that opened like an umbrella when she spun in 2007. That was worth first place by itself, and I'm not even taking into account the little braided buns at her temples.
    I found a photo of her skirt: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3124/2...a2aab9e0_o.jpg
    and another:
    http://images.china.cn/images1/200802/421431.jpg

    Here are also some blasts from the past:
    Davis & White
    Weaver/Poje
    Crone/Poirier
    Hann-McCurdy & Coreno

    Lots and lots of yankee polka photos And more!
    those are some sleeves!

    A different kind of yankee polka
    Last edited by HisWeirness; 01-31-2012 at 03:42 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    I like it too, but I still don't care for the SD and preferred the CD and OD format. Having to integrate the set pattern and free skating continues to appear problematic to me in that it diminishes the strength of both. At best the free part ends up seeming like just an extension of the compulsory, it's the exception to the norm IMO for the opposite to occur, which I think would be the objective.

    I think I'm finding it worse this year than as it was with the waltz last here and am wondering if it will be difficult to extend or incorporate the YP.
    I agree with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenlyon60 View Post
    The Beiers ... their OD in 2007.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh2_Ns_JfnY
    OMG, thank you for reminding me of that.

    It's already ridiculous, but then you remember they're brother and sister.

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    Integrating YP into SD will be so easy.

    posing with toe-steps
    stroke stroke stroke stroke stroke stroke
    YP pattern
    stroke stroke stroke
    YP second pattern
    toe-steps toe-steps toe-steps
    stroke stroke stroke
    other elements
    toe-steps toe-steps toe-steps into closing pose

    There you go, that's probably how 90% of the programs will look.

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