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  Grin
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21:43 29.05.2018
Gtg now, cya later
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22:14 29.05.2018
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> Gtg now, cya later
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22:16 29.05.2018
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Alina with novice skaters)
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Sweet.)

You have got football championship coming up soon enough — a couple of weeks or so away from now? My oldest loves football and is angry with me cause I come from Russia and can't take him to Russia to watch football. But it will be school time here, so — «no can do».
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22:33 29.05.2018
By the way — there is a lot of negative press here about the Championship, like this

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5781715...

Is that true or exaggerated out of all proportions?
Also people constantly say on the telly that the English fans should not go. But fans here don't care you see, most ordered flights, accommodation and football tickets before all this nutty stuff with Skripalls happened.
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00:31 30.05.2018
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> Yes, there are many rules and restrictions in figure skating. But don't forget about ice shows and exhibition programs)
> For example, Evgenia Medvedeva
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The restriction I had in mind is not to do so much with the rules, there are rules in ballet too, but in general — restriction in movement. Don't get me wrong — FS is a beautiful sport, perhaps one of the most beautiful ones out there, but as regards interpreting music into physical movement — being on ice is a massive restriction in itself. In ballet — everything is about making that movement more fluid, there are props like point shoes and stuff like that to make you do pirouettes in the most beautiful way and so on. But one can only feel the true experience — when one is in a theatre, when one can hear live orchestra, etc. And every performance is different (in detail, but for me it is a very important detail you see.)
This is an oldish video but perfectly illustrates my point

Pirouettes
Ballet pirouettes! Vaganova Academy pupil Zhiganshina Xenia, in the video «Ballet is my life"

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09:57 30.05.2018
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> Is that true or exaggerated out of all proportions?
> Also people constantly say on the telly that the English fans should not go. But fans here don't care you see, most ordered flights, accommodation and football tickets before all this nutty stuff with Skripalls happened.
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I think there is a risk that booking can be suddenly cancelled by a hotel. Also all the prices will be x5 or so. I bet there will be more police than fans, lots of fences and other obstacles everywhere.
Other than that it will be okay.
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> Pirouettes
> Ballet pirouettes! Vaganova Academy pupil Zhiganshina Xenia, in the video «Ballet is my life»
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Ice is slippery indeed. Skaters are in a certain disadvantage because of that, they don't have so much time to work on their expressiveness and artistry, because they need to work on blade control and other stuff necessary to a person who doesn't want to fall on the butt during the perfomance.

As I said before, any good ballet dancer is more skilled in terms of artistry, feeling the music and so on than top skaters.

But ice can give some advantages too. It's more easy to maintain balance when you have speed. You can't do spirals, spins, hydroblade etc off the ice. And they look beautiful. The most skilled skaters have that 'soaring' effect when they skate. It's better to watch it live of course.





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10:17 30.05.2018
Btw, I find 'dying swan' by Maya Plisetskaya captivating. Is it just me or she really was good even at the age of 61?
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11:02 30.05.2018
I don't know why but in the recent years one transition became popular among figure skaters
> I call it "this is sparta" (expand)
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15:01 30.05.2018
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Btw, I find 'dying swan' by Maya Plisetskaya captivating. Is it just me or she really was good even at the age of 61?
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Plisetskaya was Jewish and her dad was of Lithuanian Jewish dissent, he was a talented engineer and was arrested and executed in 1938 during the Stalinist repressions period. Despite that — she was a true Russian patriot — she never defected. During the Soviet times she toured a lot around the world with the Bolshoi ballet — she was a prima ballerina and a soloist in a lot of ballets - always came back to Russia — unlike others like Nuriyev, who defected whilst touring in France and went on to head the French National Ballet. I don't remember now exactly — but she had a travel ban at some point during Khruchev times as after Nuryiev defected — the Soviet leaders were afraid of others following suit — as they saw it as a good thing for Anti Soviet Propaganda in the West. Her ban was then lifted.
She had an inexhaustible interest in new styles and her own style was ultra dramatic. Her ballet career massively raised standards for other ballerinas going forward. And yeah — she danced well into her 60s which is incredible, she lived a very long life as was born in 1925 and died only a couple of years ago. But I don't think she had any kids.

P. S. I absolutely adore the Dying Swan by Camille Saint-Saëns — it is a French Composer (Romantic), one of the most beautiful musical pieces ever written and yeah — her interpretation of it was the ultimate. The first one was by Anna Pavlova, she was end of 19th beginning of the 20th century — she was the one who more or less brought ballet to the public at large for the first time and made it famous worldwide. Prior to her ballet was only popular amongst the upper classes and more or less unknown to the public at large.

P. S. 2. We are flying off to Nice first thing tomorrow morning, now busy with last minute hectic preparations, don't know when my next post will be — probably it will be already from France. Unless I have some time tonight — that's if I get everything that needs doing — done before then.
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11:29 31.05.2018
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> By the way, clearly this nick I am replying to is your (Grin's) clone
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IDK who the f it was. Definitely it wasn't me.

Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> P. S. 2. We are flying off to Nice first thing tomorrow morning, now busy with last minute hectic preparations, don't know when my next post will be — probably it will be already from France. Unless I have some time tonight — that's if I get everything that needs doing — done before then.
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Hope you'll enjoy your time there)

I can't wait to see when another Evgenia's performance will appear in the internet, for now we have only some photos like that
You know, for a figure skating fan off season can be extremely boring. Any new performance worth watching is like a fresh air.


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11:49 31.05.2018
Redhead (Expat),
You kinda pro in ballet, and you are a neutral person (you have no faves in figure skating). That is why I'm really interested in your opinion about Alina's free skate program to «Don Quixote». She is portraying Kitri.
Many fs fans argue about how good is she




What do you think about Alina's «Kitri»?
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17:39 01.06.2018
Comment ca va?
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18:19 01.06.2018
I'm fine thx.

I'm in good mood now because:
1 It's Friday and I'm going home after really casual week. Next one won't be that easy)
2 Beautiful (but not very competitive) skater Anna Pogorilaya is returning after injury. I was afraid she is going to retire


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18:29 01.06.2018
Btw, today is 19th birthday of Russian figure skater Dmitri Aliev. He is 1st year in seniors, but he is already known for his artistic skills. Dmitry is very talented. I wish him to stay healthy and many many victories.


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