ball routines have always been a display of beauty, elegance and
artistry, one that relieves stress and comfort one’s feelings.
People familiar with her ball routines do find many similarities,
including the music. The 1999 ball routine is a variation to her 2000
routine, or rather the other way round. While watching her, I could
not help but be in awe of her balletic moves.
the harmonious music “The Swan” floods the hall, Barsoukova kicks
off the routine with some leg shufflings that resemble a swan. She
launches her first vertical balance with the ball placed above her
neck into a toe gracefully. She executes a risky flexibility move
right at the start, turning a full
vertical balance, resting the ball on her leg after a half-turn.
Her beautiful hand movements, again, remind me of a swan flapping its
wings. She continues with a large roll
of the ball across as she performs a perfect front vertical split
balance, followed by an easy throw: a complete arching split leap
before a clean catch.
she employs a spectacular combination is the back scale that lands on
the mat, displaying her high flexibility. Not to be outdone, she uses
one of her trademarks after that. Holding the ball with her legs, she
executes a back roll to transform
into another flexibility position and finally releases the ball
hung on to her right leg. A second interesting element is displayed
following that. Barsoukova holds the ball on her leg as she gets up
the mat, and allows it to roll down the body in a scale balance
position (now termed F3302). Her elegance illustrated here truly
impresses me. A high Russian Cossack jump followed suit. She continues
to perform an unassisted vertical pivot and lands in a vertical balance
position. (sharp and precise. but I prefer her control in 1996)
the music signals the approaching conclusion, Barsoukova exhibits her
difficulty. To start with, she executes a large throw, performing a
arching split leap and catches the ball in a double stag leap
position. She gives a double unassisted leg up pivot, beautifully
controlled. Her succeeding throw is considerably her trademark,
throwing the ball and advancing swiftly
into a back catch balance, finally catching the
ball on her back.
final impression given to the routine is commendable. Ending off, she
stands in a vertical spagat, into a perfect double attitude spin. Her
final position is praiseworthy as well.
is great that the true emotions (not those kind of cat grins)
Barsoukova presented won the audiences’ hearts. It is no wonder a
matchless routine in the 1999 season.
the melodious and soothing music floats in the stadium, I listen, as
if the music could have no ending. The audiences listen, motionless
and still, till the music bore no more in their hearts…