World Championships: Free Dance

Guignard/Fabbri, ITA: 37.15 TES + 33.07 PCS = 70.22 Total: 120.02 and into 1st place

  •  They are in very sparkly red and gold costumes and are performing to March with Me
  • Some very dramatic posing at the top
  • Two sets of twizzles, good speed and well timed together with a catch foot on the first set
  • Nice deep edges from her in the footwork and they have good timing on the steps
  • Firs lift has several position changes and ends in a rotation lift but it doesn’t seem like he has her high enough in the hold
  • Awkward hunched over position for her in the dance spin; lots of skids and hops in the transitions between the positions in the dance spin
  • A nice entry into the second lift but I’d like to see her keep an eye on her free legs in these transitions
  • Interesting hydroblade move from them
  • Awkward musical cuts and it seems that another piece of music was just inserted in the middle of the original
  • The music is really building in this step sequence but their steps and performance quality don’t have the same intensity
  • Nice entry into the final rotational lift with him holding her just by her knee

Huang/Zheng, CHN: 36.08 TES + 34.76 PCS = 70.84 Total: 123.01 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to Singing in the Rain, she’s in a pink dress and he has a sweater vest
  • They’re opening with a step sequence and have some nice speed but it looks very stiff and everything is very placed, especially their arms and legs
  • Nice arch lift with him in a spread eagle position
  • He puts his foot down early on the first set of twizzles, they do 3 sets total
  • Jump twist into a lift with many changes of position–very Zoueva/Shpilband-esque
  • She needs more stretch through her leg positions in this roational lift
  • A few awkward transitions between positions in the dance spin and it gets slow toward the end
  • Her arm is held out to side and in a fist through the beginning of this step sequence
  • Nice lift with her in a Biellman position as he hydroblades
  • They have some really nice qualities but really need to work on the finishing touches to bring their programs up

Coomes/Buckland, GBR: 38.93 TES + 35.61 PCS = 74.54 Total: 126.29 and into 1st place

  •  They are wearing tan African inspired costumes and skating to the Broadway Lion King Soundtrack
  • Nice over the head entry into their rotational lift with a lot of speed
  • Twizzles slightly off on unison with a bit of a gap between the sets
  • Nice stretch for her through the dance spin and some interesting positions
  • Nice lift with him in a hydroblade and her balancing on his back in a catchfoot position
  • Nice upside down lift with her on a handstand on his knee and switching into a rotational lift that seamlessly changes position in the rotation–a real highlight of the program
  • Their height difference is really evident in this step sequence; they have some nice steps and edges and their movements flow better than the other teams
  • Their program is building along with the music and to a nice conclusion
  • Really nice ending lift in a high point of the music

Walden/Edwards, GBR: 38.28 TES + 31.51 PCS = 69.79 Total: 116.52 and into 4th place

  • They have new costumes for this event for their Goodbye Lenin program since the old ones shrunk in the wash
  • They open with a one arm rotational lift which is nicely done
  • Interesting twizzle with the leg extrended straight out but some problems with timing; they complete three sets
  • Straight line lift with her legs extended straight in front of her and into a curve lift
  • She has really nice stretch through her legs and they’re also very long so she gets some nice positions in the dance spin; excellent seamless transition out of the dance spin
  • This footwork seems really slow and her free arm is really placed instead of flowing natrually
  • They have a lot of through the leg moves in their program
  • There are a few places in the 2nd step sequence that its not clear if their free leg is supposed to be straight or bent
  • They really show off their strength in the lifts as she’s often in positions that require a ton of ab strength but they all start to look the same by the end

Reed/Japaridze, GEO: 37.15 TES + 33.52 PCS = 70.67 Total: 120.11 and into 3rd place

  • They are skating to The Messiah Will Come Again in all black costumes: she has a fringe skirt and boots that go up to her knees
  • Nice stretch from him in the camel position of their dance spin; good speed and centering and a good transition throught he position change
  • Nice lift with her legs wrapped around him as he is in a spread eagle position
  • Lift with him on one leg and she extended parallel to the ice
  • Their twizzles were slightly off
  • Straight line lift with her legs extended straight in front
  • Their step sequence seems kind of slow and doesn’t really fit the music
  • Rotational lift with her in a Biellman position
  • Some shimmying and hip shaking for them into the final step sequence
  • They seem to be letting go more here and getting into their music and program

Heekin-Canedy/Shakalov, UKR: 40.70 TES + 36.69 PCS -1.00 = 76.39 Total: 128.70 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to Edith Piaf
  • She is wearing a black and pink dress that moves so well over the ice
  • Rotational lift with her hunched over her leg; not really an attractive position
  • Nice hydroblade entry into the dance spin but slightly awkward transition throught eh position change and really slow at the end
  • She needs more stretch through her free leg in the step sequences
  • Nicely timed on both sets of twizzles
  • Spread eagle with her leaning back toward the ice on a nice musical highlight
  • Lots of hydroblades in the transitions from them
  • They have a really nice on ice presence but it just seems like they’re a little tentative and don’t have the power through their moves to really get across the ice
  • Nice rotational lift with her leg wrapped around his head; I wish she’d go for these lifts a little more and really finish the line

Tobias/Stagniunas, LTU: 39.68 TES + 38.17 PCS = 77.85 Total: 131.01 and into 1st place

  • First Shpilband/Zoueva team of the day skating to Les Mis
  • Twizzles very close together, may have gotten off at the end of the first set
  • She has a really nice arabesque
  • They have a nice connection with each other in this first step sequence and nice speed on the ice with some good choreography
  •  Nice lift where he lifts her up by one leg and she goes over his head
  • Nice positions in the dance spin with good transitions and speed
  • I like the attack behind this second step sequence although she could straighten her free leg more in places
  • Nice position in the split lift with him in apread eagle position
  • Gorgeous hydroblade lift with her in a Biellman position
  • Finished before the music

Reed/Reed, JPN: 41.64 TES + 37.83 PCS -1.00 = 78.47 Total: 133.33 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to Ain’t No Sunshine and Think
  • She’s in a red asymmetrical dress and he’s in black
  • Flip into lift with her parallel to the ice over his knee and him in a pread eagle
  • Started a little far apart on the twizzles; they complete three sets
  • I feel like this program is a little too sexy for a brother/sister team and it’s a little uncomfortable in places
  • Nice rotational lift with her sitting on his shoulder
  • Nice step work sequence but she seems to drop her head a lit
  • Nice positions in the dance spin with slightly awkward transition between positions and really losing speed at the end
  • This step sequence seems a little tight and placed when it should be a little freer especially with the music
  • Rotational lift with one arm hold and she’s in a catch foot position
  • Looks like he may have fell getting into his ending pose

Zhiganshina/Gazsi, GER: 44.13 TES + 41.29 PCS = 85.42 Total: 140.95 and into 1st place

  • Love her tutu and arm poofs!
  • They are music box dancers who come to life it looks like
  • Nice twizzles with good unison
  • I like the positions they’re choosing to do which keep the character of the program and work with the tutu as well–ie not smashing it against his body
  • It may be partly the music but this step sequence seems really slow and it’s unclear if they are keeping the stiff arms or more flowy
  • Straight line lift with her face down and legs straight out but an awkward exit out of it
  • Awkward transition in the dance spin and no speed at all, looks like she has trouble getting out of it
  • She needs to straighten her free leg in the step sequence; the music is picking up speed but they aren’t
  • Rotational lift with her in a hunched over position; a few teams have done this lift today and it hasn’t looked good on anyone yet
  • He takes a bobble through some transitional footwork
  • Upside down lift with him holding her by the leg and on one foot

Carron/Jones, FRA: 41.55 TES + 41.64 PCS = 83.18 Total: 140.86 and into 2nd place

  • They are skating to a Gershwin Medley
  • She is in a gold sparkly costume, he has a gold tie
  • Really cool entry into their first lift which is stationary and rotational with her legs held out
  • Twizzles seemed a little out of control for him but they keep the unison
  • Step sequence seems painfully slow but she does a good job of using her arms to keep the movement flowing
  • Rotational lift with her in a catchfoot position
  • Flip into a spread eagle position for him and she’s arched back with her foot hooked over his shoulder
  • She needs to straighten her free leg through the step sequence
  • This step sequence seems better timed and has a nice flow
  • Nice speed in their dance spin with a good transition between positions
  • Rotational lift with her in a flat position

Cappellini/Lanotte, ITA: 44.58 TES + 45.07 PCs = 89.65 Total: 153.77 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to Umbrellas of Cherbourg; she i swearing a pretty shade of blue with a dark blue shrug and also has blue earrings and a necklace
  • Three sets of twizzles, nicely timed, her arms look a little stiff
  • Nice straight line lift with her extended out over his legs
  • Rotational lift her wrapped around his shoulder
  • They have a very nice flow through their step sequence and her arms look freer here
  • Nice lift with her leg wrapped around his head and arched back
  • A big ice spray into a transitional shoot the duck
  • Nice positions on their dance spin and good transitions but very slow
  • Overall I’d like to see a lot more power and speed from them throughout the program and a little more abandon through the movements

Chock/Zuerlein, USA: 45.65 TES + 44.74 PCS = 90.39 Total: 151.86 and into 2nd place

  • He is wearing a lot of of foundation today
  • They are skating to Cabaret and it really suits their personalities perfectly
  • Nice twizzles with music accents and good unison and speed
  • Nice movements throughout this step sequence and it goes with the music so well
  • Nice positions in their dance spin with great flexibility from her but no change of direction
  • Another nice step sequence from them; the elements are all there but they just dont have the same level of difficulty as the top teams
  • Nice entry into the upside down lift which seems to come out of nowhere
  • Upside down lift with him skating backward on one leg and only her leg is holding her up
  • Good performance from them but (it may have just been the camera angles) it seemed to lack some of their usual energy

Crone/Poirier, CAN: 45.69 TES + 44.43 PCS = 90.12 Total: 151.13 and into 3rd place

  •  They are skating to Eleanor Rigby
  • It looks like someone attacked their costumes with a can of spray paint–not sure what it adds to their program and the accent on his crotch is distracting
  • Nice positions on the dance spin, good transitions, good speed
  • Upside down lift with her holding her leg and he on one leg
  • This step sequence is nicely put together and really flows across the ice
  • He looks really wild in the twizzles and may have stepped down early; her free leg in the second set was wild as well
  • Curve lift with him in a spread eagle and she standing on his thigh and leaning back
  • She looks a little hunched over in this second step sequence and really tight through the movements
  • Cartwheel into a rotational lift
  • They seemed kind of bobbly today in a few places, but I preferred their performance today than during the rest of the season

Ilinykh/Katsalapov, RUS: 42.47 TES + 46.52 PCS = 88.99 Total: 154.50 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to Don Quixote and she is wearing a gorgeous black and gold tutu
  • She has crazy long legs and the tutu really shows them off
  • Nice lift with him on one leg and her in an arched catch foot position
  • Nice speed on the twizzles but he really struggles through the second set and looks really unstable
  • She really uses her arms and legs to her advantage through this step sequence and they have really nice edges
  • One armed roatational lift with her in an arched catch foot–their lifts are really basic but they are a young team and this is an area they really have room to improve and grow
  • Bobble getting into a really difficult lift but they hang on–they both have all their weight leaning to one side and her leg is hooked over his shoulder and she is leaning over the side
  • My feed died so I missed the end of their program

Weaver/Poje, CAN: 48.51 TES + 46.74 PCS = 95.25 Total: 160.32 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to Moulin Rouge
  • Nice step sequence from them to start their program
  • Twizzles were good but really slowed down at the end
  • Nice dance spin positions, slightly awkward transition on the change of direction
  • Lift that starts with her on the ice, one armed hold, her in catch foot position and she’s almost perpindicular to the ice
  • Cartwheel into a spread eagle lift with her arching back
  • Lift with him skating backwards on one leg and her legs extended straight out in front of her
  • This step sequence is nice but some parts seem choppy
  • Rotational lift with her in an arched catch foot position
  • Nice final rotational lift with change of position
  • Nice clean program for them–not an obvious mistake in sight for the first time this season

Pechalat/Bourzat, FRA: 43.00 TES + 51.57 PCS -2.00 = 92.57 Total: 163.54 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to a Charlie Chaplin Medley
  • Nice lift with him on one foot skating backwards and her leaning on his leg–simple but effortless
  • Nice step sequence; there are a few places she could stretch more through her free leg
  • 3 solid sets of twizzles; she gets very close to him at the end of the last one but they get out of it ok
  • Nice lift that winds up and down but a little awkwardness getting out of it
  • One armed rotational lift with her in a catch foot position
  • A bad fall for both of them getting into a lift–that could cost them the podium
  • Really slow in the dance spin, especially through the change of direction
  • Such a shame about the falls marring an otherwise solid program

Bobrova/Soloviev, RUS: 45.79 TES + 48.56 PCS = 94.35 Total: 160.23 and into 3rd place

  • They are skating to Melody of the White Nights
  • Her hair has such a finished look with the french braid into the bun and the flower
  • Nice unison on the twizzles, but got off on the third set
  • Flip into a straight line lift with her arched back and the arch in her back is gorgeous
  • Looks like a few bobbles/wild moments in this step sequence
  • Nice position changes throughout this lift
  • Good speed into the dance spin and great use of her arms in the layback position; starting to lose speed at the end but great exit
  • This second step sequence looks really tight as well
  • Nice position changes in the rotational lift including one where she looks like shes sitting on his arm and extended to teh side
  • An overall good program but I just don’t find anything particularly memorable about it

Shibutani/Shibutani, USA: 48.14 TES + 48.77 PCS = 96.91 Total: 163.79 and into 1st place

  • They are skating to Smile and Lets Face the Music and Dance
  • So much speed in their dance spin, great transition, and beautiful layback position for her
  • Beautiful flow through their first step sequence
  • Effortless combination lift that ends in a nice rotational lift
  • This team has been said to have the best twizzles in the world and they do 3 sets of lighting fast perfectly unison twizzles
  • Nice twist around to him holding her in front
  • Their performance is not as joyful as I’ve seen before–they’ve got to be super nervous!  But they’re still doing a wonderful job
  • Nice edges and clean steps from them in the 2nd step sequence
  • They seem to really be getting into the program here at the end, big smiles!
  • Nice one arm rotational lift
  • Charming program and very clean!

Virtue/Moir, CAN: 51.21 TES + 56.29 PCS = 107.50 Total: 181.79 and into 1st place

  • This dress and hair style actually make Tessa look kind of chunky which she is not
  • Twizzles in a circle very clean
  • Their program is so unique as they’re doing a samba
  • Nice step sequence for them but the music sounds like it’s been slowed down
  • Through the lift that stopped them at 4CCs with her wrapped around his head
  • Cartwheel into an upside down one arm hold
  • Nice lift with him skating backwards on one leg and she literally wraps around his body and changes position
  • Great connection between them in the second step sequence
  • Good positions in the dance spin but it seems a little slow
  • Off the music a little bit in some transition moves
  • Rotational lift with her wrapped around his head in a catch foot position
  • At the end here it doesn’t have the attack I’d normally expect from them

Davis/White, USA: 53.78 TES + 57.73 PCS = 111.51 Total: 185.27 and into 1st place

  • She’s back in the Forever 21 dress and her hair is up, which she normally wears down for this program
  • She has passion and attack written all over her face for this tango program
  • First lift with her wrapped around his leg as he skates backward on one foot
  • Step sequence was so clean and so well done
  • Twizzles so fast and so together; you can see Igor pumping his fists by the boards
  • Effortless entry into a lift with her standing on his leg
  • Great tango legs through this transitional section
  • Really difficult position for her in the dance spin with nice transitions and an excellent exit
  • Rotational lift with her wrapped around him and then with her upper body extended over hte ice
  • So much edge quality in the step sequence, no ice sprays at all
  • Final split rotational lift
  • In my opinion, that should take the title: It was so much more polished than Virtue and Moir

      1. Davis/White, USA: 53.78 TES + 57.73 PCS = 111.51 Total: 185.27
      2. Virtue/Moir, CAN: 51.21 TES + 56.29 PCS = 107.50 Total: 181.79
      3. Shibutani/Shibutani, USA: 48.14 TES + 48.77 PCS = 96.91 Total: 163.79
      4. Pechalat/Bourzat, FRA: 43.00 TES + 51.57 PCS -2.00 = 92.57 Total: 163.54
      5. Weaver/Poje, CAN: 48.51 TES + 46.74 PCS = 95.25 Total: 160.32 
      6. Bobrova/Soloviev, RUS: 45.79 TES + 48.56 PCS = 94.35 Total: 160.23
      7. Ilinykh/Katsalapov, RUS: 42.47 TES + 46.52 PCS = 88.99 Total: 154.50
      8. Cappellini/Lanotte, ITA: 44.58 TES + 45.07 PCS = 89.65 Total: 153.77 
      9. Chock/Zuerlein, USA: 45.65 TES + 44.74 PCS = 90.39 Total: 151.86 
      10. Crone/Poirier, CAN: 45.69 TES + 44.43 PCS = 90.12 Total: 151.13
      11. Zhiganshina/Gazsi, GER: 44.13 TES + 41.29 PCS = 85.42 Total: 140.95 
      12. Carron/Jones, FRA: 41.55 TES + 41.64 PCS = 83.18 Total: 140.86
      13. Reed/Reed, JPN: 41.64 TES + 37.83 PCS -1.00 = 78.47 Total: 133.33
      14. Tobias/Stagniunas, LTU: 39.68 TES + 38.17 PCS = 77.85 Total: 131.01 
      15. Heekin-Canedy/Shakalov, UKR: 40.70 TES + 36.69 PCS -1.00 = 76.39 Total: 128.70
      16. Coomes/Buckland, GBR: 38.93 TES + = 74.54 Total: 126.29
      17. Huang/Zheng, CHN: 36.08 TES + 34.76 PCS = 70.84 Total: 123.01 
      18. Reed/Japaridze, GEO: 37.15 TES + 33.52 PCS = 70.67 Total: 120.11
      19. Guignard/Fabbri, ITA: 37.15 TES + 33.07 PCS = 70.22 Total: 120.02 
      20. Walden/Edwards, GBR: 38.28 TES + 31.51 PCS = 69.79 Total: 116.52