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Tertia Cole & Leo Ungar
Victoria Devins & Kevin O'Keefe
Lindsay Evans & Trevor Bird
Kirsten Frisch & Brent Bommentre
Loren Galler-Rabinowitz & David Mitchell
Kendra Goodwin & Chris Obzansky
Melissa Ralph & Ryan O'Meara
Cheryl Russell & Kenny Metzger Jr.
Anna Scheumann & Levi McDonough
Kate Slattery & Patrick Connelly
Laura Smith & Andrew Smith
Flo Steed & Augie Hill
Christina Zepeda & Nicholas Hart
Footwork was solid - little simple compared to others at the top, but performed well. They did skate slowly & their lines and extensions aren't matched yet.
Actually a lovely dance to wonderful jazz show tunes. Beautiful people. Beautiful costumes. Technically the distance between them and their speed are issues. And the dance came a little unassembled towards the end. But I really had a great time watching it.
They skated in the first group and were obviously going to be just behind the top team in this group (The Smiths). The dance was a little less complex than the Smith's and this team is noticably slower, but I was surprised by the quality of their skating - it was much better than their placement in the compulsary dances would have indicated to me.
Free: 10 Final: 10
Smooth, pretty, close together. Still ned mroe speed. They still need more speed> This was a well constructed dance. slow and fast sections that built to a finish. My notes say "very nice, enjoyable and pretty - probably means they will drop". I was too cynical.
Their holds were simple and they had more distance between them than some of their competition, but I felt that the quality of their footwork would help them out a lot.
Free: 5 Final: 4
Powerful pushes - uneven speed (slowed down for difficulty). Real nice changes in levels - including some complex "tricks" while making the changes.
Footwork was very complex. It got off to a rough start. Very nice lift into the spin. It seemed like she got a little off her edge in the diagonal footwork. I thought there was a possibility it would hold them back.
Gentle sweepign waltz. nice even speed. Not as much change in levels or drama in the music. Little more separation.Hard to compare to the #2 team (the ones who won the free). Real apples and oranges.
She definitely has "the look". She was biting heads off mousies with abandon. Very elaborate complex and fast dance. And WAY caught the "mood".
Free: 3 Final:3
Slower that #1&2. Almost into boards on one lift and a little bobble. Nice circular footwork.
Very high level of complexity in the hand/arm holds. Good variety and changes of level. She had a "wide step" in the footwork.
Spunky Ukranian Peasants. Really fast and amazing difficulty. Great opening segment. Big deep 1 footed lift. He was working just as much as she was. I really liked this dance.
My notes say "some assembly required". That usually means some minor synchronization/matching problems. I also felt they had a high level of difficulty in their dance.
A lot faster that the rest of the middle of the pack. Had a bad fall into the boards in warm up. A little pushing and pulling in some sections.
The end lift was very nice and the diagonal footwork run worked, but there were several major footwork problems throughout the dance.
Free: 12 Final:12
They skated to jungle forest drum sounds. Her skirt was pretty much just shreddy fringes. They had a nice postition in a lift.Skated a little slowly and he seemed to spend a lot of quality time on two feet.
There was a bit of "push and pull" going on in the upper bodies. The last lift had a rough ending. Skated to "Have you Ever Really Loved a Woman".
Free: 11 Final: 11
He bobbled on opening pose sequence. Not terribly tidy with line and so forth. A tad sloppy effect. Gospel spiritual music.
Very smooth and complex dance. Speed was the only issue I could see. Had a very good footwork pass also.
Free: 9 Final: 9
This dance had that great sort of "mesmerizing" quality - the holds sort of all weave in and out of each other. They kept the speed even throughout. They ended slightly before the music did.
He had a pretty big bobble in the footwork. The toe picky parts had a good character of the dance.
Free: 6 Final: 6
Big bobble in a loose leg twizzle run. Sort of looked like a pairs program - a lot of hand to hand and distance between them. And some sychronizing issues.
All my notes say is "huge disaster in footwork. I do not know if I wsa being Peter Carruthers style overdramatic or not
Free: 8 Final: 8
He bobbled in opening. Speed an issue.Aa little hesitant seeming.
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