Black is a very cool color!!! And it makes you look thinner!! But sometimes it can work against you (Ex: Tutktamysheva). And too much black can be boring/uninteresting.
Stepanova & Bukin
I found their FD more interesting than the one of S&Z.
Couldn't see the vídeo of Elena and Nikita. There is a message saying that the vídeo doesn't exist.
OMG, I don't know what you two are arguing about but last year (2012/2013) K/S had a SP to 'Cats'. They skated it at one of the closed rentals and shortly afterwards changed it (disapproval from the feds?) to whatever it was they skated to (don't know, not a fan). It was talked about on the Russian forums last yr (saying it was a recycled program, etc).
While it not be great for or intended for that program, it's a beautiful dress. I wish the program didn't look so frenetic, though. It's not very musical, at least at this stage: they're skating through a lot of the music.
The piece is seventy-five minutes long...[l]ong enough for an idea to be developed, but not so long that one starts to measure the number of seats to the exits with desperation if the thing doesn’t work" -- Marina Harss
I don't think it is a dress. It is dancers wrap skirt. A lot of skating shops sell that. She used it with some body suit because this skirt you tie around you and it doesn't have knickers sewn in.
It looks a lot like she is wearing this leotard: http://www.discountdance.com/dancewe...&SID=521907800 with a wrap skirt. (Maybe not that exact leotard, but close enough that if anyone wants to 'go' as her for Halloween you have a match.)
More on Smekalov here on the Mariinski Theatre's website: http://www.mariinsky.ru/company/ball...yuri_smekalov/
I really liked Gachinski's program the first time I saw it during the training camp in Italy. I believe it has huge potential.
Elena T.'s LP has loads of potential. Her body language is a big troubling in that run through, but she is ripping most of those jumps off like they are nothing. Can't wait for Finlandia!
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
I still can't deal with the way that IK's FD music ends. It is completely artificial. It seems like it should build up but suddenly it ends instead of having the part where the black swan shows her true colors and the prince realizes what has happened.