Category: Ice Dance

19. Tango, Pt. 2: Freestyle

For this second entry in our tango series, we’ll move away from the structure of the compulsory — Argentine and Romantica — tango and move ahead into its looser, choreographed free dance interpretations, along with a quick nod or two to the now-departed original dance. And as the dance proper goes, perhaps the most useful…

From the Archives: Pasquale Camerlengo

Pasquale Camerlengo with Angelika Krylova and long-time students Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships. (Photo by Chris McGrath for Getty Images AsiaPac) by Jacquelyn Thayer Continuing our cutting room floor series, these insights from Pasquale Camerlengo were captured during a June 2015 interview. As a competitive ice dancer in…

18. Tango, Pt. 1: The Compulsories

It’s lent its stylings to two senior compulsory patterns, arisen in five seasons for original dance usage — and once as a secondary short dance rhythm, one of those topics we’ll discuss at another time — and otherwise functioned as the focus of countless more free dances. Of all specific partner dances, none can be…

17. Samba

Between next month’s Rio Olympics and the recent announcement of the 2016-17 season’s revisitation of the Latin short dance, it may finally be time to turn our eyes to that most complex of Latin dances: the samba. A quick look at its overall history is useful and highlights certain of its historical complexities. Note that…

From the Archives: Mark Pillay

by Jacquelyn Thayer Author’s Note: In summer 2015, I interviewed several top choreographers from the figure skating world for a feature in Dance International magazine’s Winter 2015 issue. Due to space limitations, some great insight was left on the cutting room floor — until now. In a new series, Moving in Measure delivers a closer…

Special Topic: An Open Letter to Ice Dance

Didier Gailhaguet, president of the French Ice Sports Federation and 2016 candidate for ISU president, made an illuminating observation on the state of ice dance in a recent New York Times article: “I was up high in the arena the night of [Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron’s] free dance, and for at least two minutes…

16. Charleston and 1920s Dance

The Charleston’s history is a long and tangled one, with touch points including the possibility of a Renaissance-era predecessor in the Branle and its later development amidst the birth of jazz. In style terms, Charleston is one of those dances that’s strictly bound to its time despite remaining familiar to later audiences (anomalies like Dancing…