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Best step sequences under IJS

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by edonice, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. edonice

    edonice New Member

    I generally hate the step sequences under IJS. They're too twisty, too slow, and as my friend put it, 'just a lot of arm flailing'.

    There are a few sequences that have actually taken the rules and used the restrictions to create something both technically proficient and actually beautiful.

    Here are two that I love:
    Takahiko Kozuka's LP straight line sequence this year: http://youtu.be/azKlGGypwT8?t=4m8s

    Jeremy Abbott's LP step sequences from last year. They were so different in tone, and worked to tell a story within the program:

    Are there any others? I'm curious.
  2. lotte86

    lotte86 Member

    I love Akiko Suzuki's step sequences, one of the best of these days imo
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  3. edonice

    edonice New Member

    Oh, right! I always think of her winding up her arms at the start of her LP step sequence in 09/10, and how that was a move you could only do if you were really going to SELL it (which she did): http://youtu.be/HO1YxRVHm54?t=3m31s

    I rewatched her step sequences this year, and her straight line step sequence in her long program is really beautiful within the program: http://youtu.be/lClYEUDy1xA?t=4m43s
  4. iarispiralllyof

    iarispiralllyof Active Member

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  5. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

  6. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

  7. jiggs

    jiggs Well-Known Member

    In general, I have to agree that I don't really like step sequences under COP... but there are some skaters that can pull them off and make them look great and effortless.

    As for men, Stephane wins for me, hands down. His steps were just incredible, especially live. It's the way he moves his whole body, the connection between his upper body movement and his steps that made all of his sequences so fascinating. I found a really nice video compilation of his steps from 2004-2008, wow! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQPQuKReBE0&feature=related

    Patrick has great, difficult step sequences as well and he makes them look effortless, but when it comes to their execution, Stephane just put more emotion into them IMO. Here is my fav by him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-031aBCBfhM#t=90s

    I also really like both of Jeremy's step sequences from this year's FP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-031aBCBfhM#t=90s as well as Daisuke's SP step sequence http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=81EFqQvUnd0#t=146s.

    Carolina IMO wins among the ladies. She always has fun, innovative and beautiful step sequences. She is so light, free and fast on her blades and I believe she is the lady who has received the most Level 4s for her sequences (5-6 times IIRC or even more, I don't really remember). My favorites of hers include:

    07/08 SP - fast, innovative and lots of fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=4aonc40Si5g#t=138s

    06/07 SP - lovely with deep edges: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9qSCT15IRpU#t=57s

    2010/2011 - exquisite long lines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7fefIuhrZpQ#t=201s

    Mao has lovely steps too, I especially like her twizzles, they look so cool! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Cs7D2WvqF6s#t=212s

    Akiko has exquisite step sequences, but this was especially fun and nice to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=tWdnhwsl-ZM#t=219s
  8. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member


    Similar topic to this thread had emerged not long before. As the term 'best' in FS implies personal favorites, I'll just add my post on that thread.
  9. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

  10. edonice

    edonice New Member

    Somehow I missed that! Is it possible to move this thread over to that one? I feel like I've seen it done before on here, but I don't know how to do it myself.
  11. lakewood

    lakewood Active Member

  12. iarispiralllyof

    iarispiralllyof Active Member

  13. Coco

    Coco Well-Known Member

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  14. zilam98

    zilam98 Well-Known Member

    what about in pairs? is ice dancing even considered in this topic?
  15. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

  16. Proustable

    Proustable New Member


    Takahashi/Tran, 2010/2011 SP: "Feeling Good". Fantastic choreography, well skated, wonderful unison/pairness, very good musicality.

    Savchenko/Szolkowy often have interesting footwork in their programs. My favourite is from "The Mission."

    If Dance is considered, well - whole 'nother kettle of fish.
  17. edonice

    edonice New Member

    I do really like Takahashi and Tran. He's so gentle with her, and they have great lines (as evidenced in that clip).

    Also, Alissa's SP sequence this year is so good. She skates quietly and cleanly, and with such control: http://youtu.be/YQbqMT9pbqA?t=2m6s
  18. burntBREAD

    burntBREAD Active Member

    I like Takahashi/Tran's SP footwork this year as well, it really goes well with the music (the swell), the mirrored circular spreadeagle, and the dance footwork at the end. :)
  19. galaxy

    galaxy Active Member

    Mao Asada's Sheherazade SP of 2011 Rostelecom Cup.
    She earned Level 4 for the steps. I saw the step sequence live only at NHK, it was light, delightful, enjoyable to watch and there was coquetish and playful taste in it.


    She also earned Level 4 for her LP step sequence at COR. I saw it at NHK too and felt it had more power and drama and emotion than last season.

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  20. edonice

    edonice New Member

    Here it is: http://youtu.be/nvCg3HECrKQ?t=2m26s
  21. galaxy

    galaxy Active Member

    Oh, I forgot to mention also Mao Asada's Clair de Lune SP at 2009 World Team Trophy. It was probably the first Level 4 she received for her steps (or maybe the second?).
    The whole program is a pure beauty and she really was feeling the music during the step sequence. Great interpretation of the music.
    It was probably because it was after she succeeded in landing her opening 3A-2T (It is breathtaking! You can enjoy it as well!) in SP for the first time as a lady. She must have been extremely nervous before she went for it. You can tell it by her face before she started skating.


    DORISPULASKI Watching submarine races

    I love most of D&W's not-touching step sequences (particularly Bollywood, their tango OD from their first year in Seniors, and this year's circular step in the SD from the GPF), and V&M's step sequences in hold, if ice dance is included (particularly in Mahler, but I love the Funny Face steps too).
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  23. Amy03

    Amy03 Active Member

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  24. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

    That's Mao's best SP performance, and program for me. I prefer her performance at Worlds. Even with a mistake on lutz, there was something quite beautiful, special sentiment in it.

    ??? IIRC Mao's never received level four at Worlds. Exquisite one, though.
  25. Tanja90

    Tanja90 New Member

    I love almost all Carolina Kostner's step seq! You have already posted some of them but I would like to add these:

    World '09 sp: I thought it was gorgeous!

    World 2010 fp: I was at the arena that day and every time I see it gives me goosebumps! There was so much noise, all screaming "vai caro!" in the moment of silent just before the steps and her smile..cannot ask for something better!

    I always love Daisuke Takahashi and I think these two are the best step seq he's ever done:
    World fp '11: so much energy! I love it!!

    Gpf '11 fp: so sexy!

    And I cannot believe nobody mentioned this one from Javier!
  26. casken

    casken Well-Known Member

    Agreed, but I think the way she did the footwork in her Nationals performance was even superior. :swoon:
  27. skatingfan04

    skatingfan04 Active Member

    At the risk of getting told off by half of the people on this thread, the circualr step sequence from Patrick Chan's POTO FS is one of my absolute faves.


    I always loved Jeff Buttle's as well, especially the ones from the SP and FS he used at worlds in 2008.

    Another one of my faves was Joannie Rochette's from her 2010 FS. I always thought it matched the music really well.


    As for pairs, I find most team's SBS footwork to look a little laboured. I can't think of a standout.

    In dance, I love V/M's footwork so much that I won't even try to pick a favourite.

    When I think of musicality, though, Weaver/Poje always come to mind. I've always admired how they accentuate every beat of the music when they're doing a footwork sequence. My particular fave is non touching sequence from their 2011 SD.


    Edit: Gee, do you think I'm Canadia, eh?
  28. Proustable

    Proustable New Member

    Don't think you'd be criticized for loving Chan's footwork. Even those who dislike him acknowledge his strength there. From his programs, it would be the choreographed step sequence from POTO, the two he does in Aranjuez, the Take Five one, and his glorious Exilados duo that stick out the most.

    Lambiel's footwork in "Poeta" is sublime. Also, have to admit - Worlds 2007, the camerwork for that was AMAZING. It managed to contribute to the feeling of a journey - especially the first one (and I also love that the audience was like "to hell with clapping on the rythm, this is too awesome). The whole sequence from loop to double axel, and then the footwork-spin-spin finale.... gosh.