Throwback Thursday: The Compulsory and Original Dances

It’s another Thursday, and Sochi hasn’t arrived yet so it means that… it’s Throwback Thursday time! Each Thursday before the beginning of the Sochi Olympics, I will feature a program/skater/team from the last Olympics just for fun.

This week is a little unusual because I’m not showcasing a particular program or skater(s) per se, but I’m commemorating segments in the ice dance competition that don’t exist anymore. There used to be three segments in ice dance and starting in the 2010/2011 season, that number was reduced to 2. Two segments of the dance competition, the Compulsory Dance (CD) and the Original Dance (OD) were eliminated and in a way combined to make the Short Dance (SD) we see today.

I’m not completely surprised they eliminated the CD considering that every skater had to skate the exact same thing. Each year, the ISU would choose a two CDs for skaters to perform at international competitions. It was the most boring to watch of all the competitions because of it but the CD was a segment that allowed skaters to clearly show the judges their technical ability. With everyone skating the same thing, the judges could see clearly who was skating faster, with deeper edges, with more power, etc; Still, it gets a little exhausting watching good and bad teams skate the same program so… they got rid of it. The Tango Romantica is now officially the last compulsory pattern skated at an Olympic games. Here were the performances by the podium finishers:

I wasn’t a fan of this team at all in Vancouver but I agree with the judges that they had the best Tango Romantica of the night. Domnina’s long limbs and regal presence gave it that extra touch even though the other two teams featured below got tips from the dancers who created this pattern.

Were you happy that this part of the competition was gone?

The other dance that was eliminated was the original dance. In the original dance, skaters must perform a program to a rhythm set by the ISU every year. For the 2009/2010 and consequently the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, the rhythm was folk or country. While competitors can chose their own music but within a certain tempo range. (I’m a little sad that the ISU decided to get rid of the OD since the 2010/2011 rhythm was supposed to be rhythms and dances from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Disco Fever!) In any case, here were the ODs from the podium finishers except for Domnina & Shabalin because I can’t find their Olympic OD on youtube. You’re not missing much… their OD cause quite an uproar because it was supposed to be an Australian aboriginal dance but the pair didn’t do their research well and the program offended a lot of aboriginal groups.

I love that Indian/Bollywood OD. That was a great program choreographed by Marina Zueva.

Do you guys miss the CDs and ODs? Or do you prefer the new short dances? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

The Highlights of 2010

2010 has been a great year for figure skating. The Vancouver Olympics were absolutely amazing and it’s sad that the year is about to end. Let’s hope that 2011 will be just as amazing. For now, let’s stroll through memory lane and think of a few good times in 2010.

(More under the cut since this is a bit of a long post…)

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