The notion of V/M regressing is not only completely laughable but a total fabrication to undermine them. Funny...how quickly they pointed out V/M's (supposed) regression technically was due to Shilpband's departure when that very same fact were not also relegated to those who used to be under him ( like the Shibs or DW) Remember when V/M were criticized for excelling only in lyrical and/or Latin theme dance? And lo, FF and Carmen were created specifically to highlight their versatility as well as their maturity (and strength) ...evident within the newer dance movements and unbelievable intricate lifts. Regression, my foot!
Of course, who best to perpetuate that notion except those who despise VM's success in the first place, especially since 2010 Olympic win? Sad really... I have resigned to the fact that so long as they (VM) compete, they will be in a position of being "damned if they do or damned if they don't" by those very same quibblers.
P.s. Thank you, Sahararainfall, for the warm welcome