2013 Skate Canada Free Dance

Group 1

Guignard/Fabbri, ITA: 40.25 TES + 42.00 PCS = 82.25 Total: 134.28

  • In case the music and the costumes didn’t give it away we start the program by announcing this is Romeo and Juliet
  • Beautiful stationary rotational lift with him holding one arm and leg and her in an arched position
  • Cartwheel up to a lift with several different position changes but I felt like they never stayed in a position long enough to really have an impact
  • Slow through the first footwork sequence but nice ice coverage; some of their leg extensions were not in unison
  • They didn’t remain equidistant through the twizzles but they were done in unison
  • Good stretched out positions in the dance spin but she could have a better position in the layback and they could have more speed through the 2nd positions
  • Nice use of her free arm in the 2nd step sequence but some of the turns where they have to break hold and find each other seem hesitant and labored
  • She could work on her posture in the transitions as well as she often seems a bit hunched over
  • Curve lift with her in a handstand position on his thigh and an arched position

Paul/Islam, CAN: 46.76 TES + 43.27 PCS = 90.03  Total: 143.77 and into 1st place

  • Great speed and flow through their first step sequence; good height and extension in the free legs with nice matching lines and secure changes of hold
  • Twizzles seem slow but good transitions between the three sets and unison throughout
  • Nice press lift from the ice up to his shoulder and setting her down with one arm
  • Good flow and edges in their 2nd step sequence with some effective choreography thrown in
  • Great backward straight-line lift with him on one foot and her in an attitude position
  • Nice positions for her in the spin and the illusion transition was nicely done but a bit of a struggle after that getting into the 2nd position
  • Split rotational lift with good speed
  • Haricutter rotational lift with her parallel to the ice
  • Nice arabesque choreographic lift with her wrapped around his back
  • Overall a good program but nothing that really stands out

Stepanova/Bukin, RUS: 36.94 TES + 41.55 PCS -1.00 = 77.49 Total: 133.12 and into 3rd place

  • A little slow on the twizzles and they don’t maintain the spacing
  • They struggled on that cartwheel lift in the warmup too and she can’t quite get her foot onto his thigh, they abort the lift and she falls
  • They seem a bit hesitant in this 1st step sequence and some of the changes of hold aren’t very secure
  • I think this is a very heavy program for them and doesn’t really bring out their good qualities
  • Bow and arrow split lift on his shoulder
  • Decent position in the spin but really slow through the 2nd position
  • Haircutter lift wrapped around his body while he’s sliding across the ice
  • She stands on his blade and kicks over his head to a sitting position but the whole lift seemed very hesitant and cautious
  • They could stretch through their free legs more in this step sequence and she seems to really be pushing into the holds
  • Cartwheel to a Biellman standing on his foot
  • A very cautious skate for them and it just seemed like they couldn’t really find their footing and connect with the program

Zhiganshina/Gazsi, GER: 39.61 TES + 43.64 PCS -1.00 = 82.25 Total: 138.16 and into 2nd place

  • They’re wearing the same costumes they wore in the short dance yesterday.  Not sure if they had an issue with their luggage or which costumes go with which program, or if these costumes are supposed to go together or not.
  • He almost falls out of the 2nd set of twizzles but hangs on
  • Decent step sequence, a bit slow and not a ton of edge changes and action in their knees to get the higher levels
  • Slow dance spin with her in a layback position and still low after the change of position
  • Toss over his head into a straight line lift with her balanced over the ice and him leaning back in a squat position
  • Decent matching leg lines from them in the 2nd step sequence but she could work on holding her posture straighter
  • Spread eagle lift with him holding her skate and her in a heel stretch position
  • Cartwheel up to stand on the thigh and cartwheel down
  • Rotational haircutter lift
  • They’re touted for their personality but seem to have played the same characters for the past several years down to the same facial expressions
  • This must be meant to coordinate with their short program as she ends in the same pose in the free dance as she started the short dance in

Group 2

Riazanova/Tkachenko, RUS: 41.82 TES + 43.95 PCS = 85.77  Total: 145.56 and into 1st place

  • A few places they could have better unison in their legs in the step sequence, but nice stretch and extension and flow across the ice
  • Cartwheel up to a rotational haircutter lift
  • Not sure about this standing choreography at center ice while the music is picking up
  • Very slow dance spin but lovely positions
  • Spread eagle curve lift with her arched back over the ice into a fast rotational lift with her wrapped around his shoulders
  • I think there are way too many music cutes in this program and it interferes with the storytelling
  • Spread eagle straight line with her changing positions over his legs
  • She started the twizzles a hair before him and seemed a bit wobbly
  • I’d like to see her not look at the ice so much in the 2nd step sequence and to either connect with her partner or the audience
  • Rotational lift with her wrapped around his shoulders
  • Surprising lack of drama for a Phantom program and they could really turn this up a notch

Hubbell/Donohue, USA: 45.33 TES + 46.95 PCS = 92.28 Total: 153.20 and into 1st place

  • I love her dress but he looks like he got his outfit from an orphanage
  • She could have more stretch through the first position in this lift as her free leg is shot out
  • Nice deep edges in the step sequence and a good calm flow across the ice
  • One foot backward curve lift with her parallel to the ice
  • Nice stretched out catch foot position for her in the dance spin with decent camel positions from them both after the change of position
  • Lasso lift bringing her around to the front
  • Good second step sequence and I love how seamless they are in the program
  • Really difficult arms and transitions in their twizzles but it will show if they’re even a hair off
  • Curve lift with her standing on his boot but I’d like to see him supporting more of her weight so she can lean forward and not stick her butt out

Weaver/Poje, CAN: 51.67 TES + 53.21 PCS = 104.88 Total: 175.23 and into 1st place

  • Lots of nuance and passion in the opening to their tango program
  • Great long edges in this first step sequence with good changes of hold and regaining the holds after the turns; great stretch through their free legs and matching leg lines
  • Nice arched position for her in the dance spin but very slow; better speed after the change of position to the sit variation
  • Great one arm rotational lift picking her up from a kneeling position on the ice
  • Arched position with her leg in the air, flipping up to a lift
  • Nice change of pace in the 2nd step sequence with more speed
  • Curve hydroblade lift with her parallel to the ice
  • Good speed and unison int he twizzles with good distance between them
  • Rotational haircutter with her arms wrapped around his neck and him holding her foot
  • A lot more fire and spark than their outing at the Classic

Virtue/Moir, CAN: 51.42 TES + 57.46 PCS -1.00 = 107.88  Total: 181.03 and into 1st place

  • Arabesque to standing on his leg with both balancing on one foot
  • Nice lines in the step sequence with good flow and clean edges–looked like very little to no ice spray
  • Curve spread eagle lift with him leaning backward and her lifted up parallel to the ice
  • Backward entry to the first twizzles and much better execution today
  • I love how close they get in the holds and how it enhances the emotional connection of their program
  • Beautiful positions in the dance spin
  • Cartwheel up to a rotational haircutter lift on his shoulders
  • Twiste up to their final lift seems to have a bit of trouble on some of the changes of position
  • Nice use of the free arm from Tessa through the step sequence during the changes of hold and great flow across the ice
  • Arabesque lift on his leg with a nice press before dropping into the exit
  • This program is certainly choreographed to be their swan song down to the final bow at the end of the program
Pl. Name Nation TSS
1 Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR CAN 107.88 51.42 57.46 9.50 9.54 9.58 9.63 9.67 1.00 #8
2 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN 104.88 51.67 53.21 8.75 8.75 8.96 9.00 9.00 0.00 #7
3 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 92.28 45.33 46.95 7.75 7.63 7.83 8.08 8.00 0.00 #6
4 Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAM CAN 90.03 46.76 43.27 7.33 7.04 7.25 7.33 7.21 0.00 #2
5 Ekaterina RIAZANOVA / Ilia TKACHENKO RUS 85.77 41.82 43.95 7.54 7.17 7.17 7.42 7.38 0.00 #5
6 Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI GER 82.25 39.61 43.64 7.29 7.04 7.33 7.42 7.46 1.00 #4
7 Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI ITA 82.25 40.25 42.00 7.04 6.83 7.04 7.21 7.00 0.00 #1
8 Alexandra STEPANOVA / Ivan BUKIN RUS 77.49 36.94 41.55 7.13 6.79 6.88 7.00 6.88 1.00 #3
Pl. Name Nation Points SD FD
1 Tessa VIRTUE / Scott MOIR
181.03 1 1
2 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE
175.23 2 2
3 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE
153.20 3 3
145.56 4 5
5 Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAM
143.77 7 4
6 Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI
138.16 5 6
7 Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI
134.28 8 7
8 Alexandra STEPANOVA / Ivan BUKIN
133.12 6 8