Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by barbk, Jan 27, 2012.
At least it will be better than listening to all the latin tracks this year. After sitting through the practice for SD in Sheffield, I couldn't face hearing all the music again in the evening and went to watch the men practice instead. The only good thing that came out of it was that very few couples used latin again for the free dances.
I think the Polka could work better than the Rhumba as, like the Golden Waltz last year, it takes up more of the time allowed, and is much harder to just basically skate through. I don't think one single couple did the 2 sequences of Rhumba back to back, so you couldn't see who hadn't got the strength of edge and togetherness on the restart to have the same speed on the 2nd run through. It might have been better if they had made everyone use Rhumba music and style of dance all the way through like they did in 1994, when T&D did their memorable Rhumba OD.
I hope Alex Shibutani skates the Yankee Polka in Red Sox gear!
I believe Massachusetts has a state polka too.
I think it will allow teams to be creative and not be criticized for not being "polka" enough. That's why I got tired of the Latin SD, because it was pretty narrow in style choices to be considered "latin".
i'm taking a look at the yankee polka and it seems interesting... hard and interesting.
The Massachusetts state polka
OTOH, the Connecticut state legislature "foiled the polka law" again.
(The Ballroom Polka)
Meanwhile (since this is fun for me), I find that Michigan has a Polka Hall of Fame, just prime for all the young Michigan dancers to explore
How can the Shibutanis fail to pick something called:
Happy Polka Music by Richard's Magic Accordion in Paw Paw, Michigan?
Virtue & Moir might be attracted to this polka
"Romantic Polka by Most Famous Superhero Gabriela Gzregorcz"
And Davis and White by
Bingoman Saves Polka Night (Polka From Hell)
or Highway to Hell Polka
Seriously, there are some very odd polkas out there.
I was listening to a polka version of Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" the other day that was kinda awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcoekyMCWzg
Yes, it's one of the pieces that the ISU uses for the Yankee Polka.
Meeeeee!!!!!! Yankee Polka almost makes up for the annoyance that was this year's short dance. I expect most of them to be horrid and I'll love every single tacky costume!!
Yankee Polka is one of the most awesome CDs.
We're gonna see a lot of trashy SDs and country bumpkin programs. It will be hilariously bad.
I'm actually somewhat excited by the prospect of this. I actually expect that a lot of teams will do really well with this. I think each SD will either be really good, or a complete trainwreck, though. I don't think there can be an in-between with this dance. That being said, I'm excited by the prospect of interesting music choices.
At first glance, I read this as Bathroom Polka...
That is so bad it's Thanks for posting! Hearing that guy singing the lyrics is the best!! "You're ups then you're down..."
I need to throw in my weird polka finds:
Weird Al is the first thing I think of when it comes to the word "polka." I wonder if anyone will use his music for the SD. Or does that cross the line from slightly silly into zany-in-a-bad-way territory? Well, for one thing, next year's SD will not be boring.
I personally think the Ukrainian polka version of "Hot N Cold" is better than the original.
As long as Paul Porrier brings some of that fantastic level 4 chest hair like he did in the Latin SD at Canadians, I'm in.
So do I.
We see this season that it's difficult to insert a compulsory in a short dance. I can't even imagine what will be the results with the Yankee Polka !!!!
What are your guesses for the 6 key points (3 per half of the dance)? I haven't a clue, really.
I'm thinking probably the closed choctaw (both man and lady) will go for two of them, but what about the others.
Perhaps step 16 for both as the 3rd point for the first half (where not doing a rocker instead of an outside 3 will be key)?
In the second sequence,
steps 32-33 for the lady?
Maybe the wide steps in 45 - 47 for both?
Here's a Yankee Polka Compulsory instructional video as demonstrated by Usova and Zhulin, if people want to get a closer look at the steps and have some explanation to go along with them. I'm not sure where it comes from but seems pretty official.
Interesting question. It's a whole lot longer than 2 patterns of the rhumba. . . How would you fit in all the required elements?
I suspect like the GW, they will do one pattern, split in 2 pieces.
The U&Z video I believe is from a commissioned set of instructional ice dance videos? I think by the ISU, but it could be a federation??
I don't like the short dance but the yankee polka is a favorite cd. I hope one doesn't wreck the other. Tessa Virtue had a Yankee Polka cd dress that opened like an umbrella when she spun in 2007. That was worth first place by itself, and I'm not even taking into account the little braided buns at her temples.
Yes!!! Between the crazy costumes, somewhere I have photos of a team in red, white, and blue polka outfits, and the music (didn't someone find a polka version of Madonna for one of the folk ODs?), this should be a hoot.
The Beiers ... their OD in 2007.
Next season can't get here soon enough for me!!
I found a photo of her skirt: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3124/2840130652_b3a2aab9e0_o.jpg
Here are also some blasts from the past:
Davis & White
Hann-McCurdy & Coreno
Lots and lots of yankee polka photos And more!
those are some sleeves!
A different kind of yankee polka
I agree with this.
OMG, thank you for reminding me of that.
It's already ridiculous, but then you remember they're brother and sister.
Integrating YP into SD will be so easy.
posing with toe-steps
stroke stroke stroke stroke stroke stroke
stroke stroke stroke
YP second pattern
toe-steps toe-steps toe-steps
stroke stroke stroke
toe-steps toe-steps toe-steps into closing pose
There you go, that's probably how 90% of the programs will look.