I went back and watched the Tea Time Foxtrot section of their SD by Kaliszek and Spodyriev - it was beautiful. (A good example of a high quality step sequence coming from a place where you'd least expect it). I think that season, though because they did have the compulsory pattern section, the self-created step sequence wasn't as much at the forefront - some teams just ticked the boxes of what they needed to do and others went the extra mile. Often its the lower ranked teams with less to lose who are more willing to experiment.I mean the rules may be tweaked again next season, but we've basically already had this before. Gilles/Poirier created the Maple Leaf March from their 2015/16 SD, and next season the juniors will be debuting the brand new Tea Time Foxtrot, created from Kaliszek/Spodiriev's SD from the same season.
I've heard a lot that the compulsories were not meant to be skated in a way that best allows teams to hit their keypoints, and I am curious to see if the new patterns are better suited to the key point system.
Yes, but the ice dance world needs to be doing something to politik its way out of the mess it's in this season. The levels are making the top teams look like amateurs. I expect to hear a lot more from coaches about how the tango romantica is badly designed if that's the viewpoint Gadbois is taking as to why most of the dance teams can't do it.It seems to me that Guignard & Fabbri and Sinitsina & Katsalapov's tangos are both in character and hitting most of the keypoints.