I HAVE THREE WORDS THAT WILL BRING JOY TO YOUR HEART:
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LGBTQA+ LETTERS ARE FOR QUEER PEOPLE. THAT A IS NOT FOR ALLIES, IT IS NOT FOR STRAIGHT PEOPLE OF ANY KIND. THAT IS MY A, THAT IS THE ONLY REPRESENTATION I GET. LEAVE THAT A FOR ASEXUALS
In order to become the supreme adult, you must perform the seven wonders:
- Public speaking
- Not being afraid of teenagers
- Calling the doctor yourself
- Arguing without crying
- Having a normal sleep pattern
- Having an answer to the question ‘what do you want to do with your life?’
Or Emma told me to talk about Tessa and Scott and I couldn’t even figure out where to begin so this will have to do.
Part One: A Brief Introduction
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir started skating together when he was nine and she was seven. They were pretty adorable back then. And guess what, they’re still so cute. They’re ice dancers. They’re from Canada. They’re coached by the same people who coach Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the USA. No, there’s no conflict. That’s because they all appreciate each other as skaters and as people. And they’re all about 2000% better humans then the rest of us.
Last Olympics, in Vancouver, Canada, Tessa and Scott won the gold medal. They became the youngest champions ever, the only champions from North America (so far), and the whole stadium practically pooped themselves because they were so good. This year, in Sochi, many people think that Meryl Davis and Charlie White will take the gold. Tessa has had some leg issues that required surgery over the past few years and Meryl and Charlie have been steadily improving. They’ve managed to iron out many of their former flaws. Hopefully, it will be a good fight and you know they’ll respect each other no matter what happens. This is, at this point, unofficially Tessa and Scott’s last competitive year, which makes me really sad, but they’ve been skating together for almost 20 years, so I guess it also makes sense.
Part Two: Adorable and Perfect
So my first recommendation is this year’s short dance. The ice dancing short dance, for those who don’t know, is comprised of two set patterns that everyone has to include, as well as some other required elements and a particular rhythm. (That’s why everyone is doing those hops, it’s part of the Finnstep pattern.) Some of the things I love about Tessa and Scott that I think are really clear in this dance are the way they make the same shape with their bodies. Tessa and Scott are shaped differently, they’re different people, and yet they have this amazing way of making the same shape and expression with their body. It really brings them together as a team. You can also see their smooth, deep edges in this dance. They move quickly across the ice and well. It looks easy, but it’s very difficult. They’re also adorable and immediately get into the “character” of the dance and stay there until the last note. Every little movement goes back to that character and it’s something I think they are the absolute best at.
Part Three: Committing to the Character
Something else that I think that Tessa and Scott have pretty much always done amazingly is become the characters that they are portraying. Though they have many gorgeous, classic free dances, I wanted to pick this one in particular. This is their free dance from last year, Carmen. The free dance is different than the short, in that it is longer and that it provides greater freedom for the skaters, they get to chose what to skate and what music, as long as they adhere to a list of requirements (x number of spins, lifts, and so on).
This FD was criticized as being too sexual and aggressive, but that’s kind of the thing that I love about it. If you know Carmen, you know that’s the story. Carmen is this fiery gypsy who causes the downfall of this solider and they’re this terrible, passionate love story full of jealousy and rage and heat. And that’s exactly what they skate. Tessa is Carmen in this skate. They’re not afraid to go for an unusual lift if it fits the story. Scott had said they really wanted to push ice dancing in some way, to change it, and Carmen was that for them. It was them showing another way that ice dancing could be.
Part Four: Breathtaking Beauty
Sometimes I think it’s easy to talk about the little things that each pair does so well and watch for their beautiful spin or their incredible lift or this moment that totally fits the music of whatever they’re skating, too. However, one of the things that I love about Tessa and Scott is that they’re just simply beautiful to watch. This is their gala program this year, set to Rhianna’s Stay. There are no requirements or rules for a gala program, it’s just a celebration of the skaters who did well at that event. And, in this freedom, Tessa and Scott have created this beautiful piece that’s just so gorgeous and emotional to watch that it’s almost easy to forget they’re skating at all. You just get caught up in the beauty of two humans, moving together, and telling a story.
Part Five: What’s Not to Love?
I could probably keep this going for a long time, but the moral of the story is that these two are precious, adorable, and perfect and everyone should love them like I do.
GO VIRTUE AND MOIR!