I think they should go classical. Chopin is not a bad idea. After all they had a lot of sucess with cinema paradiso's music. The soundtrack was used only as background music and they were not relating to the story of the movie but it worked well.
Maybe a Japanese themed FD since they've always been sucessful in thoses programs (06-07 FD, 07-08 OD and 09-10 OD) and have never done one while seniors.
You really think so? Despite the results H/D had this year? I was was a HUGE fan of H/H but she just outgrew him and it did not work out anymore. But I do miss keiffer a lot!why for me hubbell and hubbell shouldnt have broken up despite you fans.
I dont know but I dont think they will be moving up anytime soon. Pechalat & Bourzat will probably slip out of the top 3 but not below the Shibutanis until they retire, barring a huge Moscow like spill perhaps. With Worlds in Ontario, Weaver & Poje will win atleast the bronze next year and pull way ahead of the Shibutanis. The Russians will have 2 or 3 teams ahead of them in the lead up to Sochi, and with the behind the scenes push that will surely to these teams I cant see the Shibutanis doing anything to stop that.
We will see after 2014 if they have improved enough, developed their artistry enough, and if they still have the motivation getting nowhere near their 2011 #3 spot in the World to that point.
I like their skating but their look is too young. They are college students now are they not? I would like to see them with a more sophisticated look and choreography.
I think Maia is still in high school? She was born in summer of 1994, so she is till 17; probably in her last year of HS?
other than breaking up, maybe they could try the "mysterious" or "new age" route, say use eastern music to tone down their cutesiness and bring some intellectual sophistication to their programs. or they could also go completely contemporary like skate to current pop-dance songs.
The Shibs might have a political battle in front of them but in terms of their skating potential it's endless...
They have an amazing technical base that's still growing. Alex's worlds twizzle-snafu notwithstanding you can tell they have a real natural comfort level and speed in their blades. There's none of that straining and worry that I feel with other couples. Their partnering with each other in terms of positioning is meticulous.
Their FD and initial SD were miscues this year and didn't really help them but there's so much they can do. They're natural performers as well with the ability to light up a crowd. They both have a fire to their performance quality that belies all of the elegance and clean lines.
Some ideas (both amateur and professional numbers):
Cat burglars a la D/S' 2006 FD (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjq-N...eature=related)
Torvill and Dean's 1990 pro-number Revolution/Imagine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op9MS1f3WAk)
Torvill and Dean's 1990 Oscar Tango (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-N3F...eature=related) Actually many T/D numbers aren't inherently about man-woman romantic/sexual love just imaginative and interesting-- one of my all time favorites was their Paso Doble OSP with Chris as matador and Jane as cape from the 1984 Olympics.
Basically, there's tons of themes (classical pieces, soundtracks from movies, period pieces, etc) that they could do justice to. I for one look forward to seeing what they come up with in the future.
They are still young. They have time to develop. Their bronze at worlds last year was a fluke. They are still developing and after the retirement of V&M and D&W their turn will come.
Since the ISU has signalled that hiphop is an OK style (it is now featued in the Junior ice dance SD), I'd like to see the Shibs do a hiphop FD. It would be great with their quick feet, and the lack of romance wouldn't be any problem at all.
Or maybe skate to something like Men Without Hats "Safety Dance"
Last edited by DORISPULASKI; 04-15-2012 at 12:19 PM.
It's a Canadian band, and of course, worlds are in Ontario...
Another Men without Hats dance number that might work is Pop Goes The World
The video even has a pseudo skating pond in it
I also enjoyed the bit with the samba basic, and Tracy Wilson loved that part too. Alex was channeling Corky Ballas, I thought. Samba was great for them as a brother-sister team, because it isn't necessarily romantic in its nature.
I like the final part of there SD this year. It was fast, dancing and funny.
I like Shibs Japan OD - they were on fire.
I think in there age they need to do something like this.
I think they could made good work with Platov. His work with brother-sister team were really great!
Last edited by pani; 04-15-2012 at 09:34 PM.
Maia has just been accepted to UMich, so Platov as a coach is not likely to happen. Going to Platov for choreo might be a good thing though; he did a great job for the Kerrs. Peter Tchernyshev also did choreo for Kerrs.
C-B are team who could improve a lot in next season.
So Shibs have choice- they want to be skaters or they want to be studience more.
I think this is a young team that just needs some time and experience.