Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko - WSSDF 2011.

ajiboyet

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#1
I haven't seen all the videos. I've seen the paso, cha cha, and rumba. And my liking for them has taking a huge plunge. I don't know why, I can't place it, but please watch and comment:

Paso Doble - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NSQf4lXG_Y

Cha Cha - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnxdO3UxEK4

Rumba - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpbC0-D_kA4

I should say here that I really like this couple. I would go so far as to say that the best rumba I've ever seen was by them (WSSDF, I don't remember the year, blue outfits, Vincent). But I didn't care for this one.

What say you?
 
#2
You've got my oppinion.
I love Yulia, she is such a great dancer! But this year i couldnt see her beauty and precision and sensuality. It looks like someone else but not Yulia ...

I would go so far as to say that the best rumba I've ever seen was by them (WSSDF, I don't remember the year, blue outfits, Vincent).
This was 2009. Same year with the best PasoDoble of all: Malaguena!
 
#3
cha was all right I think.
rumba didn't really do it for me.
Paso...is paso, not my favorite, but pretty good I felt.

didn't watch the others as of yet
 

ajiboyet

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#4

ajiboyet

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#5
The jive was okay, and I didn't like the music. The samba was quite good though.

Disclaimer: When I say okay, I don't mean they're terrible dancers. I mean I'm just not feeling them like I used to.
 

jiwinco

Active Member
#6
Just my opinion, FWIW... I have not been a big fan of their show dances, even though I love them in comps. Also, I understand that one of their coaches works with Yulia to be more feminine in her dancing, she gets a strong masculine feel sometimes...
 

ajiboyet

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#9
Just my opinion, FWIW... I have not been a big fan of their show dances, even though I love them in comps. Also, I understand that one of their coaches works with Yulia to be more feminine in her dancing, she gets a strong masculine feel sometimes...
I think that most of the time, what people see is that Yulia's arm and leg muscles are quite well defined and chiseled, which may not be a bad thing in itself, but it's just that not many DanceSport athletes look like that. But she does get strong sometimes...Go to 1:48 of the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4QxbD-KVBo and look at the last pose right before they go into the New Yorker and hold it...

But FWIW, I don't think their show rumbas lack femininity on her part...
 

dlliba10

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#10
I absolutely adore and idolize them, but I have to agree -- not feeling their WSSDF performances. I think it's mainly the music, for me anyway. They were all kind of muted and didn't really pump up an audience the way some of their previous stuff has (my favorite Samba of all time is their 2009 WSSDF to DJ Dero's Batucada -- talk about a pump up song!). That said, I LOVE seeing them in competition. They just really come alive.
 
#11
Riccardo and Yulia

I am by far not an expert in Latin and I will admit my bias up front, love Yulia. I agree that their new style is going to take some getting used to but I do think every thing evolves -- even ballroom dancing! Maybe they just want to shake it up a little! I think the choreography has a lot of modern elements to it and I am not particularly fond of the steps where Yulia lays over Riccardo's back nor the straight leg shaking with her legs far apart (sorry really don't know if there are names for those steps). But I really could never say that Yulia dances in a masculine style! And my husband who knows far less than I do, would definitely agree!!! I just hope the attempt works in their favor because I am a big fan. :)
 

ajiboyet

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#12
I agree. I think it had fewer recognizable steps, though the character was still very clear.

and I am not particularly fond of the steps where Yulia lays over Riccardo's back nor the straight leg shaking with her legs far apart
Me either...
 
#14
I tend to disagree. I see more depth and maturity in their dancing, as well as more musicality and fluidity. It's as if they are transcending the actual steps into a more organic form of dancing. I also see a lot of the influence of Donnie Burns, who is now their main coach. Some of the steps are actually going back to the origins of each dance, and its roots in popular forms of dancing (hence some steps in jive, samba and chacha). This is a favorite theme of Burns. I could even see their choice of the "quieter" music as part of this maturity.
 

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