I’ll give you stopping and starting to some extent for this season’s FD, but I never thought they were known for having closed holds or intricate transitions. In fact, a lot of the time they are on two feet and quite open and some people think it gives some of their programs a look of an exhibition, including this current FD. But I do see your point that the rest of the field is pushing that to the limit thanks to the choreo sequences and what-not. The emphasis on entertainment and crowd-pleasing choreography is inspiring more posing and stopping and starting.program choice seems to only take teams but so far. g/f have had some great programs that really suit them and their incredible skills and they still get hosed year after year.
and it really bums me out that a team with the talent of h/d can get dumped so badly over program choice. while i dont like the music of their current programs, the construction and choreography of their fd especially stands out in the current field with so many couples relying on open holds, less intricate transitions, and a lot of stopping and starting/moving in one place.