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Wednesday, January 26, 2005


Excerpt from an article by Elena Voitsekhovsky in the on-line Russian language publication "Sport Express" of January 26.

The "Golden Waltz", created and introduced in 1986 by an outstanding coach, Natalia Dubova, for Marina Klimova and Sergey Ponomarenko, became a phenomenon at that time. They were able to win the titles of European and World champions. The waltz then appeared as an Original Dance.

“For us, this waltz has never been complex,” Sergey Ponomarenko, who arrived in Turin for the 2005 European Championship as the coach of an English couple. “The dance was convenient as it was specially choreographed for me and Marina. Geometrically, all of the composition were spread precisely out and, I would say, it was extremely logical. Each minor detail was thought through. Still, it was surprising how many coaches asked me for help, to consult them about this or that element. Probably now dancers simply do not have the time to working on compulsory dances. The requirements for the original and free programs have increased too much. But, I think, the main reason for problems is that not so many pairs possess an expressed feeling for a waltz. In fact, the waltz is not so much technique, but a character of the soul.”

“This dance is complex because there are a lot of turns which are performed on arches and in different directions,” Olympic coach Tatyana Tarasova told me a day prior to competition.

In the beginning of a season, when work on the waltz by figure skaters only began, complaints were coming from all directions. According to Ponomarenko, even World and European Champion Roman Kostomarov admitted that it is easier for him cope with a Free Dance, than with the two patterns of the Golden Waltz which are required by the compulsory program.

In fact, very few people remember that the present tricky dance is a less difficult version of the original by Dubova. Klimova and Ponomarenko executed the dance six steps faster. In other words, a series of dancing movements which now last exactly a minute, Marina with Sergey carried out in 58 seconds. When the International Skaters Union made the decision to add the Golden Waltz to the list of compulsory dances (as a way of paying tribute to the Olympic champions of Albertville), the skaters were invited to Davos to shoot an educational video for subsequent distribution around the world. But, at once, they had to compromise and dance more slowly. Otherwise, the majority of figure skaters would not be able to reproduce the composition.

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Translation by Genrikh Sivorinovsky, PhD
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