(Note: All pictures came from the Vancouver 2010 website)
For neophytes, these are ice dances in which all the couples perform the same standard steps and holds to music of a specified tempo. (In Irish Dancing, we have something similar called a set.)
Nora Hoffmann and Maxim Zavozin of Hungary, Figure Skating Compulsory Ice Dance
Sinead Kerr and John Kerr of Great Britain, Figure Skating Compulsory Ice Dance
Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto of United States, Figure Skating Compulsory Ice Dance
Beautiful! And I really like the asymmetrical design.
For the original dance, the International Skating Union designates a rhythm or set of rhythms each year that all dancers must perform to, but unlike the compulsory dances, the competitors choose their own music (within a specified tempo range) and choreography. The original dance could be compared to the short program in singles and pairs. (Source - Wikipedia: Ice Dancing)
I personally love Original dances the most because they have the most interesting costumes, usually very theatrical in design.Alexandra Zaretsy and Roman Zaretsky, Figure Skating, Ice Dance
Anna Zadorozhniuk and Sergei Verbillo, Figure Skating, Ice Dance
Great Ukrainian dance costume, adapted for Ice Skater.
I would have never thought it possible to skate in a kimono, but they pulled it off!
I once wore something similar for a skating show, when I was six (I'll try to get you a picture).Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates, Figure Skating
Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali, Figure Skating, Ice Dance
Isabelle Belobel and Olivier Schoenfelder, Figure Skating, Ice Dance
Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski, Figure Skating, Ice Dance
Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat, Figure Skating, Ice Dance
Nicholas Buckland and Penny Coomes, Figure Skating, Ice Dance
Sinead Kerr and John Kerr, Figure Skating, Ice Dance
Tanith Belbin and Agosto Benjamin, Figure Skating, Ice Dance
Welcome to the luau!
Lovely classical Greek inspiration; plus it's turquoise!
Finally, there is the Free dance number. Couples can choose their own rhythm, theme and music, and creativity is strongly encouraged, but certain predetermined elements have to be included.
I was really impressed by how edgy this one was.
Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia, Figure Skating
Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates of USA, Figure Skating
Irina Shtork and Taavi Rand of Estonia, Figure Skating
Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder of France, Figure Skating
Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski of Russia, Figure Skating
My absolute favourite of all the skating costumes I've presented these Olympics; she looks like a phoenix! I should make a Feather Fascinator in these colours.
Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Great Britain, Figure Skating
Sinead Kerr and John Kerr of Great Britain, Figure Skating
Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier of Canada, Figure Skating
Another example of Gradient dye; I told you it was in vogue!Xintong Huang and Xun Zheng of China, Figure Skating
Oksana Dominina and Maxim Shabalin, Figure Skating, Ice Dance
Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia, Figure Skating
Meryl Davis and Charlie White of United States, Figure Skating Compulsory Ice Dance
I love how gothic she looks.
I absolutely love the Bollywood look. And the mix of red with neon blue is one I adore!
I guess she loves red and black. It might be just me, but these two red and black dresses strike me as having been inspired by some of Rose's dresses in Titanic (1997).Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, Figure Skating
To quote my mom, "Their costumes were simple, but they looked like angels on that ice!".
Meryl Davies and Charlie White of USA, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia, Figure Skating
Congratulations to all of the Ice Dancers for they beautiful performances.
Only the Lady's single left!