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Olympic ice dance preview: basics of the sport and our live coverage
Posted by Stephanie Clary
The three-part ice dancing competition begins tonight at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, and our staff isn't about to ignore the theatrical event.
Starting at 4:45 p.m. Bob Condotta will report from the compulsory dance round. According to the Vancouver 2010 Web site, compulsory dance is the skating of prescribed patterns to music incorporating pre-determined rhythm and tempo.
Tiffany Campbell and I will conduct a Cover It Live chat in this blog during Sunday night's original dance portion. This part of the competition is similar to the short program in figure skating: skaters choose their own music and choreography.
Expect commentary on fashion, themes and overall performance, similar to our pairs figure skating coverage. Following the final performance of the night, we will turn to Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson for her review.
Finally, after medals are determined in Monday's free dance competition, we will capture Berson's reaction to the results and post her video recap to this blog.
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