HI everyone. I donít post often, but after watching the dance this season, Iím confused and am hoping for those of you who are knowledgeable in dance to help me out...... Iím not looking for the opinions of V&M or D&W ubers please.......... and please donít yell at me for asking this question!
Iíve watched the competitions this season (or at least both free dances of these teams) and have made the following observations. However, I am a very casual dance fan and Iím sure I must be missing something!
I have great respect for D&W and can see that they are very good, but it seems to me that V&M are far superior on so many levels, I donít understand how they are getting marks that are so far below those of the Americans. I realize they have been making mistakes, but even if you factor those in, their marks seem to be much less than those of D&W.
I see V&M as superior because of the following:
1. They spend more time skating in dance holds Ė which is what I have always been lead to believe is more difficult and therefore better
2. Their lifts are unique and appear to be very challenging
3. They do a lot of one foot skating while leaning (ie not straight up and down)
4. They have deep, smooth, curved edges
5. Their line is beautiful and they never seem to even have a finger out of place and are always well matched
Like I said, Iím not a dance expert, but from what Iíve read on FSW over the years, all of the above points should mean that V&M are ahead of D&W as the Americans to do more two foot skating, skate side by side more, donít seem to have the beautiful lines (although I canít tell what the difference is, there seems to be one) and they seem to skate in a more vertical fashion. Iíve also noticed that their lifts donít seem to be as challenging. D&W are certainly more dramatic in style, and do a beautiful job of creating highlights and present a wow factor, but I wouldnít think that would be so overwhelming as to overtake the issues noted above.
I know itís dance and therefore politics plays a big role (Iím sure the US is pushing hard for them to win and Canada is probably more focused on Chan right now), but it really seems like the better team on the night should win, whoever that might be, and if they both skate clean, I donít understand how the better team is D&W.
Even with what I said above, it seems to me that these are the top two teams in the world and they seem to be head and shoulders above the rest of the teams. But I have read that some people think the judges are dumping V&M (forget about 1st vs 2nd, Iím talking about finishing third or lower). Do you think thatís a possibility? Assuming that both teams skate clean, are V&M really vulnerable to the Russians?? Iím sure they will make a huge political play for 2nd, but wonít that cause a scandal????
Please donít think Iím dissing D&W. I can see they are a wonderful team, it just appears to me that V&M are a bit better but that doesnít appear to be playing out in the marks this season and I donít understand why. Iíd appreciate the opinions of those of you who are knowledgeable about dance.
Thanks to all you dance experts for your comments