Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I guess I like ice dancing after all

I know this may be hard to believe, based on my recent posts about the Olympics, but I've never been a fan of ice dancing. It seemed so redundant and scratchy and non-jumpy/throwy, and frankly, boring. It was like Pairs Lite.

That was before. Now, I'm hooked. Or I was hooked, during the ice dancing competition. I'm sad it's over. Why the change? Maybe it's because now that I'm older, I can see more of the intricacies and artistry at work in ice dancing that distinguish it from pairs. Maybe it's because this year's ice dancers were more talented than in previous years. Yes, I think that's it. Most of the ice dancers still bored me, just like old times, including the much-ballyhooed Belbin/Agosto and Dominina/Chabalin. But there were two couples who I could not stop watching: Canada's Virtue/Moir and America's Davis/White.


I got hooked on Virtue/Moir right from the start, when I saw their compulsory dance (here). Davis/White grew on me with their funky Indian original dance (here). Both of their free skates (here and here) were a glorious joy to watch. I didn't even care who won the gold - I was so happy for both pairs.

In the end, I was slightly more glad it was Canada who won because I think there was one thing that set them a (tiny) notch above the American pair: Moir's facial expressions. I know that seems ridiculous and insignificant, but it made a big difference. With White, I felt like his friendly face said, "Hello! I am an ice dancer and I am ice dancing!" Moir's face, on the other hand, was always so...intense. Like he couldn't be bothered to tell us what he was doing. He just did it.

Another thing about ice dancing, and maybe this is just me, but did anyone else keep expecting the dancers to kiss each other at the end of their routines? If I've learned anything from Hollywood, it's that after performing an amazing dance like that, you're supposed to kiss the person you're dancing with. It was jarring to be proved wrong every single time. I never got used to it. Virtue and Moir came the closest to kissing at least once during each of their routines and I think that's another reason why their routines were so believable. In fact, they were more than believable - they made you want to believe them.

Maybe that's all part of the act. Maybe it's all an illusion. Maybe these pairs really hate each other off the ice. But for now, I'm just thankful for the beautifully entertaining show they put on during these Olympics.

11 comments:

Susanne said...

I think Meryl looks like a Disney princess.

I don't like brother/sister combos.....ice skating seems too intimate. Like they should be in love and kiss at the end. Having a brother put his hands all over his sister that way is just wrong. :)

Did you see the British girl pick up her partner?

This is my second time trying to comment. The other was better. Oh well.

Bridget said...

Susanne, I can't believe it - I was just wondering who it was she reminded me of and I finally realized it was Princess Jasmine. Which is funny because I always thought Jasmine was so unrealistic looking. But that's who she looks like!

Christina LeSueur said...

I don't really remember ever seeing or hearing about ice dancing until this past weekend. When I first saw it, I thought, "How dumb!" but couldn't stop watching it after a few dances.

And yes, I had the same thought about kissing after the dance was over. Funny how Hollywood has kind of made that an expectation for me...

Amber said...

Your post pretty much sums up how I have felt about ice dancing this year, too! I used to think it was the sad little sister of pairs skating, but I actually enjoyed watching it this year, and for some reason, finally understood why it is called ice "dancing"...because they are performing dance routines on ice (yes, I know, I'm pretty bright).

And, the kissing thing. I really thought Moir/Virtue were going to kiss at the end of their third performance. I'm with Susanne - ice dancing is too intimate for brother/sister combos!

Craig said...

Did anyone else think the costumes for the bronze medal Russian team made them look like mentally ill homeless people? Or perhaps a pack of wild dogs tore into the costumes before the performance. I mean, come on!

Bridget said...

I didn't get a good look at the Russian costumes until the medal ceremony. They were terrible! Even worse than the aboriginal ones. Dad, your description is right except you should have specified "homeless people from the 80s."

Suzanne Bubnash said...

If you have the Olympics recorded go back and listen to what the narrator [?] says after the Russian ice dancers found out they won the bronze. It was something like 'costumes like that will be banned in the future . . .' Not a direct quote but that was the gist of it and I say, Amen.

Jill said...

Even when Virtue/Moir weren't on the ice (just practicing in the back without skates on) they were giving each other looks that said more than 'we dance together'. I kept expecting a kiss as well. It sure makes you wonder, especially since you know they have their hands all over each constantly with all their practices and performances.

Mikael@starter home to dream home said...

k, the ice dancing made me and derek laugh. The country couples were just too much, we had to change the channel. Some of their costumes are SOOO weird (remember I am a ballet dancer, I have worn weird things...), oh and I agree that brothers and sisters SHOULD NOT be dancing together! HAHA! But it is entertaining!

Bridget said...

Mikael, I thought of you while I was watching these two couples because I thought you would probably be able to dance like that...and appreciate watching it :).

You mean those couples with the same last name are not married, they're brother and sister??!? Eww.....

Susanne said...

Bridget, that's why I said what I did about bro/sis pairs. I think the British and Israeli couples were siblings. Just not my style. :)

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