Ice Dance

From: Jane T
Category: Theatre
Date: 18 February 2002


How beautiful it is as the couples glide across the ice, prancing and pirouetting prettily. Music, dance, ice, costumes, and olympic sport should be an unappealing hybrid. Yet out of kitsch comes touching romance. The desperate pairs, the woman usually in red and black, high cut leotard making their skated legs look longer, with stage make-up hiding tired faces and gritted smiles. The men out of ballrooms long since closed. They come mostly from the ex-Soviet Union or have emigrated from there to richer rinks. Coming together, often married, they dance with gravity lightened by the slipping hard ice. And what they skate is something great, like beauty moving.

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