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Aug 30th 2017 by Hubbell_Donohue • 21 Questions • 956 Points
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If you guys could change any rule(s) to ice dance, what would it be?
@SuTerifa Great question!
Where to start?! In my dream world, there would be no rules! I know that it isn't possible, but grass is always greener on the other side! The older generations felt the sport needed structure, and justice, so they made rules. Now, with a large rulebook we have, I dream of complete freedom. I guess that is why we have show programs.
Seriously, though, the only room I really want gone is about Free Dance Music. We are required to make a medley of songs, with atleast one change in timing, rhythm, and expression! As if skating to one piece of music for 4 minutes would make it less dance, or more boring!
Also, we need an audible beat! This is tricky, since all music has a timing, but not always an audible consistent beat! It kills us to see people enhancing the instruments of music as timeless as Mozart!
Zach here. For me, the first rules I would want to see changed are about Dance Lifts. I believe that the rules, in an attempt to differentiate us from Pairs Skating, are too closed. We see too many lifts that look similar to one another, and we feel limited by the laundry list of Do's and Don'ts!
You look so in sync I assumed you were a couple. Thank you awesome, good luck
Well, many people assume. I take it as a compliment, we are doing our sport well!
How tough was the fall at Worlds last season when you were primed for a spot on the podium? How did you overcome the disappointment of that competition?
Zach here, and maybe I am hungry, but your username makes me want nachos! Since it was my fall, I will take this one.
Honestly, the fall was heartbreaking. I had never cried over skating, until that day. I overcame the fall by facing it head on. My coaches, family, partner all made me stay in reality. We don't pretend it didn't happen, but we don't wallow in it either. My coaches helped me a lot, sharing their experience of falling in the Olympic Games. I was lucky that it happened to me then, and not in 6 months in Pyeongchang. I guess I needed a wakeup call!
I am intrigued @spacemanza ... what in the world is sparkle motion?
I would venture to guess that I am VERY committed.
*Do I need to mention that this is Madison?
Hi guys, long time fan of your skating! Do you watch So You Think You Can Dance and if so, who have been your favorite dancers/routines?
Thanks for being a long time fan of ours, Zach here. I love watching the show, and I am always inspired watching different styles of dance. I would have to say that my favorite is still Travis Wall, both in his personal performances and his choreography. It is hard to pick out one piece that is my favorite, but I haven't seen any I dont like yet.
Ok, Madi here, I am butting in! I can't stay silent about this any longer!
I love ice dancing but don't know a great deal about it yet. How does the early training work? Do you start out training more like a figure skater, or is there ice dance training from the start?
This is my favorite winter Olympics event, and I can't wait to see you guys perform. Best wishes!
Hey @DocHolliday13 ...
This is Madi here. When we begin as children, we basically learn the same basics. The typical track seems to lean more towards freestyle, since there are more coaches around the country that teach freestyle. I did freestyle, but quickly realized that dance was where my heart was.
Hi Madi and Zach! My question for you is: how different is it for you to choose a FD music and an EX music? (P.S: I watched videos of your "Stand By Me" at SOI 2017 and I hope we'll get to see this EX again)
Hey @voutenocturne ... we like this subject.
So, with the rules of Ice Dance, the pool of music that we want to skate to is cut in half. We need to compete with music that has an audible beat, changes of character, and changes in timing! Some pieces just don't fit into the rules, and it is those pieces that don't fit the competitive rules that we make into our show programs. We are glad you enjoyed our "Stand By Me" program, which was Zachs suggestion. I am not sure, however, which program we will do for exhibition this season. We get bored easily, and love to switch things up!