A quick look back at the man probably most identified with skate/dance/artistry -- John Curry.
"“If Fred Astaire could skate,” Ms. Starbuck said, “that’s how he would love to skate.”
"But Curry’s legacy doesn’t have to be a memory. It feels like a transitional moment in figure skating. While rules in competition haven’t destroyed all performances — there is always an anomaly like the South Korean skater Kim Yu-na, whose etherealness goes beyond checking off points on a scorecard — the sport has overshadowed the art. Ensemble groups like Ms. North’s Ice Theater may be the best hope for the future simply because they recall what skating has the potential to be: dancing on air."