Hi guys. Do you need a good reason to revisit a magical ice dancing video when it's a gloomy January day, the holidays are over and you have to go back to school soon? If you do, then let's just say this post about the January, 2016, free dance performance by European ice dancing champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron is for #WayBackWednesday. And if you don't, then let's say it's for the sheer beauty (and weirdness) that is ice dancing.
Now, I'm no ice dancing evangelist. I don't really understand it and I've never tried it. Sometimes I think it looks like weird ballroom on ice skates (for no reason). But that doesn't mean that I don't recognize grace and athleticism when I see it. In addition to giving a monumental performance to great music, while wearing impeccable costumes, Papadakis had apparently only recently recovered from a concussion. What a comeback!
And a few minutes in, when you see her and Cizeron look at each other and realize they're nailing it? That's a feeling that any performer, on or off the ice, can relate to.