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    Skating to the Nutcracker

    I was going to create a poll for this, but I came across this performance by Katherine Healy, and decided to just make it a non-poll thread. How can you compare this Pas de Deux with - for example, that of Gordeeva-Grinkov's or Shen & Zhao's? She is unique because she never skated competitively at a high level, from what I read.

    Here is Katherine Healy (age 15- hard to believe!):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooM0ow-7n1g

    Others who skated to Pas de Deux:

    Gordeeva-Grinkov (pro- around 1991/92)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxSR9IgM75I

    Bechke & Petrov (92 Oly LP and later pro)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpzdybE2Jmk

    Shen & Zhao (2004? LP)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40X2SIc41HY

    Sasha Cohen (2005 LP)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7Ka1yOxUxc

    Nicole Bobek (ex)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUiSO...D0191E1248259B

    Davis & White (ex)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O6bDi9IyRs

    Music other than Pas de Deux from the Nutcracker:

    Ilia Kulik (pro- one of my favorite programs)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-hQp1zd00Y

    Jill Trenary (89 LP)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4BsEVeh-S0

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    Ilia also created this lovely program to Waltz of the Flowers for a TV Christmas special.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxTcUR1VAII

    Note the height on that first axel!
    Last edited by Willowway; 06-11-2012 at 09:04 AM.

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    Would Love to see Donlan and Speroff skate to something from the Nutcracker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    She is unique because she never skated competitively at a high level, from what I read.
    No, she didn't because she turned pro VERY young. When she skated there was a huge line between amateur and professional.

    She was a lovely skater, but an even more beautiful ballerina, IMO.

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    "I miss footwork that has any kind of a discernible pattern. The goal of a step sequence should not be for a skater to show the same ice coverage as a Zamboni and take about as much time as an ice resurface. " ~ Zemgirl, reflecting on a pre-IJS straight line sequence

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    No, she didn't because she turned pro VERY young. When she skated there was a huge line between amateur and professional.

    She was a lovely skater, but an even more beautiful ballerina, IMO.
    Quite right, she turned pro at age 11. Much as she loved skating, ballet was her biggest passion, and she chose to concentrate on that.

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    Yo, Keef!

    I still prefer The Nutrocker! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX0vOYwHj30 Anyone skate to this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jot the Dot Dot View Post
    Anyone skate to this?
    Alexei Yagudin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyoSJKjZums

    Robin Cousins and Dorothy Hamill in The Nutcracker: A Fantasy On Ice (1983): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ7BCM_5aSc
    Playlist (10 parts): http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA84D2045D1376F3B
    Last edited by Sylvia; 06-11-2012 at 07:42 PM.
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    I seem to recall a Nutcracker by Asada, maybe in her first senior season? Or in her hybrid season, when she skated GP but couldn't go to the Olympics? (Or maybe it was all a dream…)

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    Anastasia Martiusheva and Alexei Rogonov had an adorable Nutcracker program the year they won silver at Jr. Worlds in 2009. Unfortunately I can't find a better performance than this one (JGPF 08/09).
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    Of course, G&G is my favorite.
    I had never watched John Curry's. And yes, I find it beautiful, as every program of his. I love him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poggi View Post
    I seem to recall a Nutcracker by Asada, maybe in her first senior season? Or in her hybrid season, when she skated GP but couldn't go to the Olympics? (Or maybe it was all a dream…)
    I vaguely remember that, but can't be sure. I will have to search YT.

    ETA: here is the link, but I can't hear the music, so I am not sure if she is skating to the Nutcracker.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juC7sAi80yU
    Last edited by Vash01; 06-11-2012 at 08:26 PM.

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    I remember that around 1994/95 there was a Nutcracker on ice on TV, starring Oksana Baiul (Clara), Viktor Petrenko (magician) and Brian Boitano (prince). Rory Flack Burghart skated to waltz of the flowers, but I could not find a Yt link to the individual performances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I vaguely remember that, but can't be sure. I will have to search YT.

    ETA: here is the link, but I can't hear the music, so I am not sure if she is skating to the Nutcracker.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juC7sAi80yU
    Yep, Asada's definitely skating to the Nutcracker--Waltz of the Flowers, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, etc.


    Caroline Zhang also had a Nutcracker LP, using selections from the Pas de Deux: http://youtu.be/rL93yrhgOAU

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    Yuka Sato skated to Waltz of the Flowers for her technical program at 1998 World Pros.

    Gracie Gold's short program music this past season was Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falling_dance View Post
    Yuka Sato skated to Waltz of the Flowers for her technical program at 1998 World Pros.
    I love Yuka Sato and I adore Waltz of the Flowers, but I can't bear to watch that performance due to the extreme fugliness of her dress.

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    Jason Brown did the Pas de Duex to win 2010 Junior Nationals...

    Plushenko's original SP for the 05-06 Olympic season was supposed to be a Nutcracker SP. I wish he would bring it back! I would love to see him do it.

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    Mao's nutcracker was adorable. Very pleasant and age appropriate.

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