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    Quote Originally Posted by girlscouse62 View Post
    I know this shows my extreme age, but I would love it if their SD music included some Scott Joplin. I would think his music would fit in beautifully with Finn step.
    Didn't Bourne and Kraatz dance to Scott Joplin too?

    eta: Nm it was Tracey and Rob http://youtu.be/GWO4eG_EwG8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniskates93 View Post
    Thank you so much, the pictures are great. In particular, the one from the World Champion number, how does Tessa hold herself up there and is still able to smile! Great!

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    In honor or my new sig, check out these pics of baby V/M and Elena. They are so cute!
    http://25.media.tumblr.com/3ddaa4cd6...ltoyo1_500.jpg
    http://24.media.tumblr.com/7cfbe5523...toyo2_1280.jpg
    (Thanks binker).

    And I agree Lola how Tessa is able to hold herself up is amazing. After reading Meyer's review I appreciate it even more (Meyers said she must have something harder than abs of steel lol).
    "They’re everything in a team that we strive to be...they are to me the quintessential ice dance team of our time."~Kaitlyn Weaver

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    Elena Ilinykh is probably a fan since the first minute, these photo are just so cute!

    And Shayii, where is the quote from Elena coming from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shayii View Post
    In honor or my new sig, check out these pics of baby V/M and Elena. They are so cute!
    http://25.media.tumblr.com/3ddaa4cd6...ltoyo1_500.jpg
    http://24.media.tumblr.com/7cfbe5523...toyo2_1280.jpg
    (Thanks binker).

    And I agree Lola how Tessa is able to hold herself up is amazing. After reading Meyer's review I appreciate it even more (Meyers said she must have something harder than abs of steel lol).
    Wow. Those pictures really remind one how young Elena is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lola10 View Post
    Elena Ilinykh is probably a fan since the first minute, these photo are just so cute!

    And Shayii, where is the quote from Elena coming from?
    Hi, it's from Cherub's 28 page quotes book she put together for V/M. I asked for her permission to use it because I plan on changing my sig to a new quote every month as we wind down to Sochi! (There's so many I might do it every two weeks). This is the original source.

    I was going to do this yesterday, but forgot. I rmr pezazz saying she was going to the London show. I hope you had a great time!
    "They’re everything in a team that we strive to be...they are to me the quintessential ice dance team of our time."~Kaitlyn Weaver

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    so I went to my first stars on ice show in london and i loved it. I took a friend who knew nothing about figure skating and she is now obsessed. I recommend on ice seats for anybody who can go because they are amazing. Jeffery buttle shook my hand! I thought the show was very clean in comparison to what happened at the hamilton taping show. just to add to meyers commentary, scott appeared to be in charge of the lifts in the championship number. He was the one telling them when to switch and always seems to be watching tessa or at least aware of her in all the group numbers. Jen swan was at the show too. BTW thanks to all who post SOI videos, i now appreciate the effort it takes to tape and watch at the same time . my friend took some videos and i will post soon.
    *thanks shayii, I had a great time
    Last edited by PEZazzz; 04-30-2013 at 03:14 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sequins View Post
    Way to go iggie! That was beyond fabulous, thanks so much for sharing. The rice story had me a little misty-eyed as well. People can say what they want about Scott but he just rocks in my books, and probably Tessa's as well.What a sweetheart.

    On a completely selfish note I noticed you quoted me on your blog I suddenly feel veryThanks again iggie! Keep up the great work!
    i used to tell people when i quote them on the blog, but after a while, it didn't seem like people cared that much. but you're welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PEZazzz View Post
    so I went to my first stars on ice show in london and i loved it. I took a friend who knew nothing about figure skating and she is now obsessed. I recommend on ice seats for anybody who can go because they are amazing. Jeffery buttle shook my hand! I thought the show was very clean in comparison to what happened at the hamilton taping show. just to add to meyers commentary, scott appeared to be in charge of the lifts in the championship number. He was the one telling them when to switch and always seems to be watching tessa or at least aware of her in all the group numbers. Jen swan was at the show too. BTW thanks to all who post SOI videos, i now appreciate the effort it takes to tape and watch at the same time . my friend took some videos and i will post soon.
    *thanks shayii, I had a great time
    Thank you. And I'm anxious to see the footage your friend got. In the pic meyers posted, it looked like Scott was concentrating the hardest (probably not the best way to describe it, but I couldn't think of another way) because his full attention and focus was on Tessa. He probably felt the most responsible as she's his partner and his was doing the bulk of the lifting--holding her thighs.
    "They’re everything in a team that we strive to be...they are to me the quintessential ice dance team of our time."~Kaitlyn Weaver

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    I just came across this on youtube.......from last year's SOI......Scott and the "boys"......(in muscle shirts).....you've probably seen it but here it is anyway

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mLh4y_cuRM
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    Yes, they truly have amazing connection. It was interesting because in their stay number, Scott missed a step in the choreography that was apparent probably only to me because I was so focused on them and then he winks at Tessa immediately after. They say they always talk throughout their routines and although the talking was not as apparent in stay, it was in Carmen. And just to comment on Carmen, I thought it was very good in exhibition form and what Meyers was saying about how they took a moment after bowing was very apparent and you could sense them taking in the moment. What else...to talk about other skaters, I thought joannie And Jeff's duo routine was pretty random but they seemed to be having fun. Ashley is a very clean performer that is all about nuances and finishing all her moves, its exquisite to watch. Megan and Eric were good and holy is Megan's back jacked lol. Shawn Sawyer is an amazing performer and absolutely loved both his performances. Kurt was amazing in how effortless he was. Patrick and Jeff were great to watch as well.

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    just re-read your beautifully rendered account of your meeting with Tessa and Scott, iggie. Your writing is so vivid and textured. Like Shayii said, I felt like I was there with you. Thank you for making us all a part of this wonderful experience

    And the story about the rice was really lovely. They are so sweet to each other.

    Also, i love that quote from sequins. Sums it up perfectly.

    Quote Originally Posted by girlscouse62 View Post
    I know this shows my extreme age, but I would love it if their SD music included some Scott Joplin. I would think his music would fit in beautifully with Finn step.
    I would love that too!

    And thanks for the photos, Dani! I always love your pics, and these are just gorgeous.

    Glad you enjoyed the show, PEZazzzz, and thank you so much for your review!

    And thx for the link, clarie. Love that number
    Last edited by Bournekraatzfan; 04-30-2013 at 02:50 PM.

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    I just want to know can someone dance the finnstep to Edith Piaf?

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    I believe that Piaf's "Milord" is in 2/4 time, as is the Finnstep, so it could be used, if it is played at a tempo of Music 52 measures of 2 beats per minute. I would not be at all surprised to see P&B using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI View Post
    I believe that Piaf's "Milord" is in 2/4 time, as is the Finnstep, so it could be used, if it is played at a tempo of Music 52 measures of 2 beats per minute. I would not be at all surprised to see P&B using it.
    I have a funny feeling they won't be the only ones to use it or other Edith Piaf songs (like Il ne se passe jamais rien but I am not sure if it has the same tempo of the finnstep it feels more like a foxtrot). I hope Tessa and Scott use french music since they are working with Jean Marc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI View Post
    I believe that Piaf's "Milord" is in 2/4 time, as is the Finnstep, so it could be used, if it is played at a tempo of Music 52 measures of 2 beats per minute. I would not be at all surprised to see P&B using it.
    I am sure P-B will not use french muisc two time in row.
    Someone from Shpilband or Zoueva skaters could do this. because Chock-Zuerlain use Piaf music for "Golden waltz"

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    pani, I was thinking about that, but this is for the Olympics, and teams often seem to pick themes that are strongly associated either with their lives or their countries, so P&B might do French music again.

    No one complains when Russian teams do music from Russian composers and Russian films year after year, after all.

    It isn't like P&B used Piaf this year-they used Cancan and Yves Montand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherub721 View Post
    I was also wondering, has Jean Marc spent any time with them on the ice? How does that all work? When they were at his studio, was he teaching them some dance moves which they will figure out how to translate to ice themselves?

    Interesting comments by Margaglio about the differences between ballroom on the floor and ballroom on the ice, as well as the difficulties of judging "dancing" on ice: http://www.wintersport-news.com/12004,News.html

    Q: Let's talk a little bit more about ice dance: everybody is already talking about the next season's choice for the Short Dance: the Finnstep. It has been a controversial decision, some people don't approve the choice of a relatively new dance for a crucial season, the Olympic one. Someone else says it will not be easy at all to skate. What do you think?

    A: "I think that for every Pattern chosen, someone will agree and someone will complain. In my opinion it simply is the choice of a Senior Compulsory Dance that is integrated into the Short Dance. If they had put Tango Romantica I would have been happy, if they had put Ravensburger I would have been happy, but then someone would have said that it would have been repetitive. I don't see a problem with it, I'd rather think whether it is appropriate to take the old Compulsory Dances and put them into the Short Dance, taking them out of their contest. But this thought is not only related to the Finnstep, but rather more on every Pattern Dance. On the contrary, among the Compulsories, Finnstep is one of those that is better related with ballroom dancing, to the real ballroom soul. I would like to see this aspect, the interpretation of a dance, particularly rewarded, and not only the edges perfection because in my opinion who wins in this discipline must be able to dance. This is at the base of my mentality, and I am extremely strict about it, otherwise it would have been called “Ice Technique”. I don't even think that bringing the ballroom dance judges here could help for the problem I was mentioning. I have worked a lot with ballroom dancers, amazing people, World Champions, but it was difficult for them to understand our needs, to interpret what we were bringing on the ice. When Barbara and I were working with them, in fact, we were asking them to show what they were able to do: we could then “translate” on the ice. Therefore, if you dance to Quickstep or Foxtrot, the ballroom dancer wants to see how you properly move your heels and toes. But you don't have this movement on the ice, you have a rigid blade under your feet, so what we do instead is a little jump to give the idea of that movement. We can't always dance on toes, otherwise we would always stop instead of skate. Another example is the “hold”: the arm position can be different in ballroom and ice dancing: we have to follow some specific Technical Rules requirements, but a ballroom dancer would not tolerate it: nevertheless this is “tolerated” on the ice, because dancing on a ballroom floor instead of an ice rink, where you skate at 20, 30 km/h, is way different. What I think is fundamental is “educating” to ballroom dance skaters, coaches and judges, everyone. The Technical Specialist should look at the steps and the judges should look at the actual dance: this, in my opinion, has been forgotten."

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    I read this interview before, thank you, sap5.
    This what T-S did with latin. They talked a lot about how to translate hip movements on ice. And they did great job with this dance.
    Now i hope they will try to do the same with Quickstep.

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    Love V&M's skating.

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