Sunday, May 17, 2015

Meryl Davis (ft. Charlie White)

Meryl Davis is one half of the U.S. Olympic Gold medalist's ice dancing dynamic duo. Ice dance and figure skating may not be the first links that come to mind when the term artist is explained, but after viewing their work, "artist" is perfectly descriptive. Meryl is an artist and the ice is her blank canvas. Each program is an intricately crafted masterpiece, that tells a story to music as it's painted across the ice by the skates and physical expressions of the skater. I am fascinated by the artistic ability of this duo on the ice and their motivation and precision that contributed to their winning of the first Gold medal in ice dance for the U.S. team in years. Aside from her artistic endeavors, Meryl just graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Anthropology, continues to perform, and publicly shares her struggles growing up with Dyslexia. She is a remarkable individual artistically and holistically, and serves as a great role model.  

This Video
of Meryl Davis and Charlie White's free dance at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. They skated to Scheherazade the Arabian Nights tale of seduction by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. This breathtaking performance won them the Gold medal in ice dance. It is a great example of how the dance duo effortlessly floats across the ice with precision and accuracy.

This video is of Meryl's final performance on Dancing with the Stars. This flawless performance demonstrates her versatility as an artist on and off the ice. With no previous modern or ballroom experience she was able to adapt her ice dance training and techniques to several dance styles with professional ballroom dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. This performance was a take on a modern lyrical dance, and secured the duo the mirror ball trophy (as pictured above).

This website is an unofficial fan website of Meryl Davis. It contains interviews, biographies, pictures, links to her twitter page, and figure skating achievements. Visiting the website gives a good view of Meryl's character in addition to her artistic talent as an ice dancer. The above picture is from the website and from her recent performance with Stars on Ice.