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The Best Free Dance from the 1990s (World Championship version)

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by lulu, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. lulu

    lulu New Member

    Besides skandals & partners swaps, the 90s also brought us some of greatest ice dance teams of all time performing some of the most memorable routines. Below, is a list of all of the dances that won the free dance portion at the World Championships. In retrospect, how would you rank these performances & routines?
    This is just based on routines that won the free dance portion at Worlds, so many great routines, like Usova & Zhulin's "Four Seasons" and A&P's "Romeo & Juliet" are not included.

    1990 Duchesnay & Duchesnay: "Missing" http://youtu.be/coM4d1CQZfs (Klimova & Ponomarenko who won overall, placed 2nd in the free dance , they won Worlds that year on the strength of their o.s.p)
    1991 D&D: "Missing: II" http://youtu.be/wXkeiamsCew
    1992 Klimova & Ponomarenko: "Man and Women" http://youtu.be/1JjbwtM_E3g
    1993 Usova & Zhulin: "Blues for Klook" http://youtu.be/AxseLaxl61s
    1994 Grishuk & Platov: "Rock around the Clock" http://youtu.be/QnH5Jy5Dyi0
    1995 G&P: "Steppin' Out" http://youtu.be/IdGgAY1-hng
    1996 G&P: Latin-American themed FD http://youtu.be/FrpC9QEXAZs
    1997 G&P: "The Feeling Begins" http://youtu.be/LtHh2BeQB1I
    1998 Krylova & Ovsiannikov: "Carmen" http://youtu.be/-oFAnymw0YU
    1999 K&O African Drums http://youtu.be/xLwSDFgBm0U
  2. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    Off the top of my head (without yt):

    K&P: 1992 Oly (A man & a woman), 1990 (My fair lady)
    Dushenays: Missing (1991) and reflection (90)
    K&O: Masquerade waltz (97) & African drums (99)
    G&P: The feeling begins (97) & Memorial (98)
    U&Z: Four sesaons (92), also 91 FD
    A&P: Romeo & Juliet (98)
    B&K: River dance (98)
  3. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    My favorite is G&P Passion.
    But I also really like K&P, Duchesnays and U&Z.
  4. rayhaneh

    rayhaneh Well-Known Member

    Apart from Missing I, my favorite program by the Duchesnays must be their 1991 "Reflections":


    Unfortunately, they only performed it at the European Championships. I remember they stated shortly afterwards that they had felt the public hadn't reacted very well to the program, which is how Missing II came to life. IMO it is a damn shame that the rest of the world didn't get to see that program as it was so avant-garde at the time (and would still be relevant today artistically)
  5. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    What an amazing program.
    Really, I'm not fond of Duchesnay's skating. Their basics are clearly not the besT. But their choreos were interesting, and this Missing program is so interesting and beautiful. I loved it !
  6. nuge

    nuge Well-Known Member

    1.G/P TFB So special
    2.A/P Rand J
    3.K/P My Fair Lady Just a delightful programme.

    K/O Jungle Drums leaves me cold not my cup of tea.
  7. Shyjosie

    Shyjosie Well-Known Member

    I love this, too, and prefer it to MissingII, but that finally made them world champions...
    Of all the FDs above, I'd choose MissingI and K/Ps "Man and Woman" as my favourites.
    I like Krylova's excellent skating, but their African Drums looks like they were imitating the D's Jungle Dance from '88. Apart from the fact that the music sounds like tin cans pulled along the street.
  8. caro-ira

    caro-ira New Member

    Klimova/Ponomarenko "A Man and A Woman"
    Krylova/Ovsyannikov "African Drums"
    Usova/Zhulin "Blues for Klook"
  9. Macassar88

    Macassar88 Well-Known Member

    Grishuk and Platov's the feeling begins could have been an all time great, but they never actually finished with the music.
  10. vivika1982

    vivika1982 Well-Known Member

    Usova/Zhulin “Four Seasons”
    Duchesnay/Duchesnay “Reflections”
    Grishuk/Platov “The Feelings Begin” and “Memorial”
    Anissina/Peizerat-“Ahla Leila” , “Romeo&Juliet” and “ Men in The Iron Mask”
    Rahkamo/Kokko 1995 Beatles medley

    And if we can choose from any events as an extra I would include their “Beyond the invisible” because this definitely (even with the mistake) was the best and still is #1 on my list from the 90’s

  11. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    They performed it at the 1990 worlds, if I am thinking of the same program. May be I am thinking of Dream & Reality?
  12. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I think they did, at the Europeans. Whether they finished with the music or not, it was one of the all time great programs.
  13. lulu

    lulu New Member

    At the 1990 World Championships the Duchesnays performed Missing. (I'm not sure if the program was known by any other name). At the 1991 European Championships they performed Reflections (Mirror Image)however the program was not as well received by the judges, so for the 1991 World Championships in Munich, they performed the sequel to their 1990 Free Dance, aptly titled "Missing: II"

    I wish they would have skated to Reflections at the 1991 Worlds instead of Missing: II


    ETA: ITA agree about G&P's The Feeling Begins, their O.D. that year to Libertango was absolutely brilliant as well.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2012
  14. rayhaneh

    rayhaneh Well-Known Member

    Two other programs of the 90s that have stayed with me even though they never won any gold and which, to me, are exceptional:

    Drobiazko-Vanagas, Sunrise at Alcatraz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43MBzjVTPjA
    Rahkamo - Kokko, Valse Triste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMiQINf32xA

    I know R/K's program wasn't the most difficult technically, but it's one of the most moving I have ever seen in ice dancing and the emotion has remained with me ever since seeing it for the first time at the 1993 European Championships
  15. Shyjosie

    Shyjosie Well-Known Member

    Dream and Reality (Eleanor's Dream) was their 1989 routine they won bronze with at the WC in Paris.
  16. lulu

    lulu New Member

    Just based strictly off my original list of first place free dances at Worlds, I would personally rank them:
    1. Klimova & Ponomarenko
    2. Duchesnay (Missing 1990)
    3. Usova & Zhulin Blues for Klook
    4. Grishuk & Platov The Feeling Begins

    If I was to include medal winners, and not just the first place free dance my list would include, in no particular order:
    D&D: Missing
    Grishuk & Platov: Memorial, 1993 Blues Free Dance, The Feeling Begins
    Klimova & Ponomarenko: Bach
    Usova & Zhulin: Four Seasons, Blues for Klook, 1991 Free Dance
    A&P: Romeo & Juliet
    K&O: Carmen

    Besides K&P's Bach as my favorite, it is too difficult to rank the other routines
  17. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    I liked Reflections alot, and it was more in line with the innovative and captivating programs they had become known for. It was said they lost since the judges felt it didnt have enough technical difficulty which I understand, but their Missing 11 didnt have anymore, along with being far less interesting I thought. :rolleyes: It was like the judges said "well they are so popular and they are putting in the effort, even changing programs, lets just give it to them, with Olympics being in France and them coming in as World Champs the publicity and the extre revenue from it will be huge." What a joke.
  18. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    You are right. I did get confused between this and Reflections.
  19. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    I would say G&P's "The Feeling Begins" was probably the best, followed by K&O's "Carmen". I enjoyed Missing I & II by the Duschesnays very much, conceptually, but I felt it wasn't as well skated as the other two.
  20. lulu

    lulu New Member

    K&O's Carmen is great. My all time favorite ice dance Carmen is Bestimianova & Bukin's version: http://youtu.be/iju_RarH3rk
    But speaking of K&O, I thought their OD that year to jive was brilliant, I would have placed them 1st over G&P in the original dance at the Olympics.
  21. sequins

    sequins Active Member

    Out of the ones you mentioned and since I only started watching 'for real' in 1993 I'd have to go with G&P 1997 'The Feeling Begins' I never cared for them but I did love their work that season. Their OD was fab.

    Other ones I enjoyed from the 90's that haven't been mentioned B&K '97 'High Society' and '99 "Meet Her At The Love Parade' Punsalin/Swallow 'Oblivion' from 98

    Love this and 'Oriental Dreams' from 98
  22. DarrellH

    DarrellH New Member

    These did not win, but they are some of my favorites...

    Torvil & Dean - Let's Face The Music*
    Punsalan & Swallow - The Race

    * I forgot that this was only Worlds. Sorry about adding T & D, but i love that one.
  23. lulu

    lulu New Member

    I really enjoyed Punsalan & Swallow's Race Car FD as well, very creative concept. :)
    As for T&D, my all time favorite performance, just for the symbolism & emotion, was their exhibition skate at the 1994 Olympics. Skating to Bolero as a tribute to Sarajevo which at the time was undergoing the longest siege of a capital city in history; of course 10 years earlier, T&D made skating history in Sarajevo. To me, that performance was even even more powerful than their historic 1984 win.
  24. Susan M

    Susan M Well-Known Member

    We did get to see it in the US, at least on TV. My reaction at the time was pretty meh. After the masterpiece of their previous year's free dance, Reflections really missed for me, maybe because it rang a bit pretentious. I thought toppling over on their final move made the perfect ending to that piece.

    Anyhow, my choices would be
    1 Duchesnays Missing I (1990)
    2 Klimova/P Man and a Woman (1992)
    3 Usova/Zhulin Blues for Kluk (1993)

    None of the others merit serious consideration IMO, they all kind of blur into an unmemorable mass (or worse, in the case of the drums). G/P's 1998 FS would be worthy of 4th place here, but they did not skate at Worlds.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2012
  25. SkateBlades17

    SkateBlades17 New Member

    My favorite of all time is Grishuk & Platov's The Feeling Begins! Also, G&P's Libertango OD that year may be my favorite Ice Dance program ever! K/O's Carmen is also fantastic and once of my favorites!
  26. lulu

    lulu New Member

    Libertango is my favorite OD, followed by K&O 1998 Jive and U&Z (1990?/1991?) Summertime Blues OD. The Libertango program is simply fantastic.
  27. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    G&P 1995 OD Quickstep is also fantastic.
  28. rayhaneh

    rayhaneh Well-Known Member

    Love how you just dismiss ten years of ice dancing just like that :p

    Missing is a very emotional piece - Reflections is more intellectual and about the concept. Two very different way to go about making a program and I think it's to the Duchesnays' honor that they went and try both
  29. hockeyplayer2

    hockeyplayer2 Active Member

    Klimova & Ponomarenko's "Man and Woman", Duchesnay's "Missing", and Krylova & Ovsiannikov's "Carmen", are some of my all time favorite dances. Thanks, lulu, for bringing back some of the memories of when I first fell in love with ice dancing. And for getting to see ice dance when it was really dancing on ice.
  30. lulu

    lulu New Member

    You're welcome! :) Thanks for all of your comments, it is great to reminise about one of the golden eras of ice dance.