The deal: There are three judges. You need passing scores from two to pass. I'm testing two of the simplest dances. The Dutch Waltz and the Canasta Tango. I feel good about one. The other not so much.
I put it out there.
The outcome: Three judges saw three different things. Judge Nr 1 loved both dances and gave me passing marks for both technical and timing/expression. Judge Nr 2 hated the DW but passed me on the CT. Judge Nr 3 hated every minute of what I put down. Well, maybe not everything--she did indicate that my timing was "ok" on the CT.
Bottom line: I passed the CT but will have to retest the DW.
Judges comments (DW):
Judge Nr 1: technical--"correct progressives, edges shallow but most defined as O.S.; good flow, P". (pass); timing/expression--"on time, P".
Judge Nr 2: technical--O.S. edges are mostly flat. Right foot O.S. edge is deeper than left. R (retry)." timing/expression--"ahead of the music in several places. R"
Judge Nr 3: technical--" edges and patterns flat, no curvature to lobes, unison lacking. R" timing/expression--timing rushed so a little ahead of the beat. R"
Judge Nr 1: technical--"shallow but correct; weak on free leg extension, P."; timing/experession--"right on, P."
Judge Nr 2: technical--"good pattern, please turn out free leg; ok pattern, some shallow edges, P."
timing/expression--"well timed. P."
Judge Nr 3: technical--"edges & lobes flat; stepping rather than stroking, R." timing/expression--"timing ok, P". (NB: one needs to get a passing score for both technical and timing/expression or the overall result is a fail.)
I'm sure that the comments do somehow accurately reflect my skating today. The DW has always been my least favorite dance and I think it's because it's a six beat dance--you have to hang out on an edge like forever. The CT is a four beat dance and things happen quicker, which is a good thing for short attention spanners like moi.
So it's back to the drawing board on the DW. This helps keep my coach gainfully employed.
Now, the best part of the deal was watching the pre-silver skaters test the 14-step, the foxtrot and the European Waltz. All the test takers were female and about two thirds of them had lined up Ian Lorello (a local male ice dancer, formally a Team USA member and currently a coach for the New Ice Age ice dance troupe) as a partner. Ian danced with woman after woman without taking a break. Awesome skating. See if you don't agree: