A fancam version of their GPF SD was just uploaded this week!
The same fan uploaded their GPF FD as well
I love being able to see the whole pattern of the dance on the ice
Last edited by DORISPULASKI; 12-28-2012 at 08:35 AM.
"Meryl is from a magic planet where Disney princesses come from, and [Charlie's] hair is a magic carpet." ~~ Stephen Colbert, on The Colbert Report
And Doris, thanks for the links to the fancam vids. Wow. There's nothing like seeing Meryl and Charlie from the stands (especially live). Their ice coverage and their speed is so evident that way. Those twizzles in the SD!! Wow...just amazing.
When I was young/during the 90s, I had no idea ice dance even existed. It wasn't until about 2001 that a Canadian friend of mine became obsessed with the Russian ice dancers. We were both Irish dancers and were really delighted by Bourne and Kraatz's Riverdance program (if not the costumes...), so there was an added layer of interest. Of course, that was right in time for the entire fiasco of the 2002 Olympics, when I covered my Irish dance website with support buttons for Salé and Pelletier. A life-changing moment. (As for dance, I rooted for Bourne and Kraatz out of internalized Canadian solidarity. I mean, I am in a state that sits right beneath it...)
First let me say that I adore Ashley, and if she were to medal at Worlds and/or the olympics, I would be rediculously happy. But I can't help but shake the feeling that if Ashley medaled at worlds that USFSA would throw Meryl and Charlie under the bus, and the little promotion they receive from them would vanish, because let's face it, it's a ladies star they want.
Ohh, alas, poor ice dance. If magical wizard hair and a Disney princess can't make the people flock to you...!
I'd say you have to grow to love ice dance. You have to watch an amount of programs, you have to get to know the discipline and understand its nuances to truly appreciate it. Thus, a person who only watches FS from time to time, come Worlds or Olympics, is not likely to find ice dancing as fascinating as the other disciplines, because at first glance, the others are so much more spectacular with jumps, throws, high air lifts, quads. It took me several years to mature as a skating fan (and well, in my case, also to mature and grow up as a person) before I fell for ice dancing completely. Now it's by far my favourite discipline, the choreographies are so complex, so full, it's the one discipline able to make me feel like I'm watching a movie when I watch it. Plus, the pair spins and step sequences in ice dancing are the most impressive of all and dare I say, ice dancers are the best actors of them all.
I was like...
I think a love for dance and/or artistry-based athletics makes it easier to enjoy ice dance more quickly, and for the rest it's probably an acquired taste. Although it's become so blatantly athletic now that I think it's finally getting more of a moment in the sun, in terms of respect. I admit that in the early 00s the costumes were a little off-putting, but I'd seen far worse in Irish dance competitions, really, so I got over it
I fell in love with ice dance when I saw Jamie Silverstein and Justin Pekarek skating in "off the rack" clothes to a Sting medley at the 1999 Nationals Exhibition. It was modern, fresh, and I couldn't wait to see more!
I'm so glad the costumes around the world have toned down (I give a lot of credit to Team Canton for setting the bar with classy costumes).
Happy New Year to all and a Happy Birthday to the one and only Meryl Davis!!!
Oh yes, Happy Birthday to Meryl!!
It wasn't until Tanith/Ben, Dubreuil/Lauzon, that generation and the change in the judging system that I could respect ice dance. The level of athleticism was just nowhere near anything I would call a competitive sport. If they were doing ice shows as artists, that would be one thing and I could see that, but they weren't. The costumes were ridiculous, in that they were there for shock and awe, not so much for aesthetics or as part of the musical representation. Some people say the new costumes are boring, but what's exciting about OTT that all end up looking the same? I think if we were all asked to sketch a typical old school ice dance costume, our sketches would look similar. As a dancer I hated the lack of actual dance and attention to lines in ice dance. It was more like moving interpretive theater. I don't like the old Russian and European ice dancers. I don't get the hype.
Happy Birthday Meryl!!