Ice dancing is a lot more graceful and expressive than figure skating. There’s no need to do lifts, jumps, spins, and spirals. Performers are more focused on creating body movements and footwork to convey dance on ice. This makes it important for performers to pick the right song that’ll allow them to be as expressive as they want to be in their performance.
For Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” was the best song choice for their ice dance performance. This song conveys a lot of emotions which a lot of people can relate to.
The performance started with the two performers making their way to the center of the ice rink. Gabriella was wearing a beautiful red dress while Guillaume was in a full black outfit. The colors were in contrast with each other but that didn’t stop the pair from showing their connection.
Their eye contact and the way they held each other was just simply captivating. You can feel the lyrics of the song in the way they glide through the ice and the way they move in sync with each other. Even the way they spun and turned was perfect.
The pair also captivated the audience with their facial expressions. They weren’t just conveying the message of the song through their movements but also how the feeling of it. They were just really marvelous!
Indeed, the song was the perfect choice for them. “Perfect” came from Ed’s third studio album which was released in 2017. After its release, the album charted on the UK Singles Chart at number 4 and the song eventually reached the top spot of the US Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart in December 2017. It also became a hit in several countries, such as New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, and Australia.
Ice dancers typically pick songs from the same genre because it allows the performers to really be as expressive as they want to be. And since ice dancing draws inspiration from ballroom dancing, ice dancers need songs that’ll allow them to skate to the lyrics.
Gabriella has a solid name in ice dancing. Together with Guillaume, she’s declared as the silver medalist in the 2018 Olympics. She’s also a 3-time World champion and 5-time French National champion. The pair also has 6 gold medals which they won in the prestigious Grand Prix series.
The pair holds world records and their performance is one solid proof of their impressive skills and talent as ice dancers.