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    Best examples of compulsory dances

    I learned to appreciate the cds a lot more than I used to (of course, now that they don't have cds anymore, a lot good that does me ). There are some cds that stood out, even to a non-expert like myself.

    One such cd was B&B's killian performed at the 1988 Olympics.

    What are some other top examples of the very best compulsories? I would assume that a team such as Klimova & Ponomarenko, who helped invent the goldenwaltz, were excellent in compulories as well.

    What are some of your favorite compulsory dances?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compuls...es#Ice_dancing

    http://www.ice-dance.com/main/techni...s-descriptions

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    Domnina and Shabalin were amazing at the Tango
    Torvill and Dean were great at every compulsory - they could trace their patterns exactly on the ice.

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    A/P Quickstep at 02 olympics and G/P Rhumba 96.
    Delobel/Shoenfelders YP .

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    I agree with nuge about A&P 2002 Quickstep.
    The Quickstep fo Pakhamova&Groshkov at 1976 Olympics is also very impressive.

    This Paso Doble by Delobel&Schoenfelder has always impressed me :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWRRy9avj0c

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macassar88 View Post
    Torvill and Dean were great at every compulsory - they could trace their patterns exactly on the ice.
    Absolutely :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vaLrAzlsSo

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    As mentioned above me, T&D's compulsories from the 1984 Olympics were absolutely perfect.

    Partial footage of Klimova & Ponomarenko's starlight waltz at the 1990 goodwill games (picture perfect)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZjU1dP2Cpk

    Grishuk & Platov - tango romantica from 1996
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cruSiVW1giM
    -some might not like their expression as it might not be soft enough for a romantic tango but I've seen many different interpretations of this dance, some very soft and flowing while others are much more aggressive, either way I love how huge their patterns are and their precise free legs

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - paso doble from 1992
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpG-IaFVPts
    -very cute mark from the French judge here

    Klimova & Ponomarenko - Viennese waltz from 1988
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeOP6kNI5FE

    Grishuk & Platov - midnight blues from 1994
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y-fYktUIKc

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    I might also mention Grishuk & Platov's starlight waltz from 1994.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acFlGbz33yE
    - again, it's a bit aggressive for a waltz but I love how huge their patterns are and their incredibly strong free lgs

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    Did T/D trace their patterns at 94 olympics ?

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    Grishuk & Platov's tango at the 1998 Olympics was amazing... had the same passion and intensity as their Libertango OD. IIRC this was after their first CD where they messed up on a step, so they had a lot to prove.

    Another that springs to mind is V&M's tango at 2008 Worlds... they came in second to DelSchoes, showing they could play with the big guns in the CDs. That was the year B&A fell. What a shame the CDs ended during V&M's career, since they were quite good that young, and they could have evolved into one of the greats.

    Sorry that I'm not in technik and don't know if these are tango romanticas or uh... whatever other tango CDs there are.

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    The tango at the 1998 Olympics was the Argentine tango. G/P did a good job but not their best. But it was good enough for first as K/O skated with too much space between them (and I also disliked their over the top facial expressions).

    Yes, Virtue & Moir's argentine tango from the 2008 worlds was excellent.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVnKrTLdfyY

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    Denkova & Staviski had excellent compulsories. They had a very nice Ravensburger waltz in 2006.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UvuNYYmH_k

    And their rhumba in 2007 was fantastically aggressive (their posture was a bit too forward at times though).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQugomdzUpM

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuge View Post
    Did T/D trace their patterns at 94 olympics ?
    Not as well as they did in 1984. I personally thought they should've placed second in the blues CD though (ahead of U&Z, behind G&P).

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    Klimova-Ponomarenko 1992 Oly (Paso Doble), 1988 Oly (Tango)

    Krylova-Ovssianikov 1998 Oly

    Domnina-Shabalin 2010 Oly

    Usova-Zhulin 1992 Oly (Blues), 94 waltz

    Grishchuk-Platov 1994 Oly Waltz

    Annisina-Peizerat 2002 Oly

    Lobacheva-Averbukh 2002 Oly

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    Quote Originally Posted by gk_891 View Post
    Grishuk & Platov - midnight blues from 1994
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y-fYktUIKc
    This is The Blues CD, one of the many compulsory dances invented in England in the 1930s.

    The Midnight Blues didn't exist as an ice dance in 1994 -- that was one of the more complicated dances added recently to raise the bar in compulsory dances at the senior level before CDs as a separate phase of competition were eliminated. So far it was only used in the 2003 and 2004 seasons; here's an example. I wonder if it will ever find its way into the Short Dance. Shame to waste all the effort that went into developing it.

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    I work as a dance partner right now, so I lovvvve the compulsories! :p
    My favs - Cha Cha Congelado, Westminster Waltz, Silver Samba, Tango Romantica, Yankee Polka

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    Quote Originally Posted by gk_891 View Post
    Denkova & Staviski had excellent compulsories. They had a very nice Ravensburger waltz in 2006.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UvuNYYmH_k
    And their rhumba in 2007 was fantastically aggressive (their posture was a bit too forward at times though).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQugomdzUpM
    Absolutely fantastic, if you ask me. They once said in an interview that they loved the compulsories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuge View Post
    Did T/D trace their patterns at 94 olympics ?

    Of course they did. No one unless they were named Fusar-Poli and Margaglio was going to place that high at an international competition in the compulsory dance era without being damn good at the CDs. And Torvill and Dean were among the best of all time.
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    Domnina and shabalin's tango romantica won euros when they lost the od and FD to Faiella and scali and then they won the Olympic cd placing third in od and FD!! It was so good! You can luxuriate in it's greatness!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caseyedwards View Post
    Domnina and shabalin's tango romantica won euros when they lost the od and FD to Faiella and scali and then they won the Olympic cd placing third in od and FD!! It was so good! You can luxuriate in it's greatness!
    Imagine if Shabalin's knees weren't so messed up! Their CD's would have been even better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caseyedwards View Post
    Domnina and shabalin's tango romantica won euros when they lost the od and FD to Faiella and scali and then they won the Olympic cd placing third in od and FD!! It was so good! You can luxuriate in it's greatness!
    I had even less technik when it came to cds in 2010 and the DomShabs Olympic cd stood out even to me as being exceptionally good.

    Thanks everyone for providing so many good videos, they're a feast for the eyes! I'm not surprised that T&D, K&P and G&P (among others) had so many good cds, particularly T&D's 1984 cds.

    I think that V&M, given their excellent technique, would likely dominate the cds if they were still inplace, and that makes me sort of sad that we no longer get to see examples of excellent (and less face it, a lot more examples of less than excellent ) cds.

    I'm not sure what my favorite cd is-it really depends on the quality of the couple performing it, but I think without a doubt the most fun is the Finn Step. I'm not surprised at all the cd was inspired by R&K's quickstep.

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