1995-1996 Clubs Routine

Larissa Lukyanenko Collection


After watching this routine, I feel obliged to confess that I have fallen deeply in love with it. This routine is beyond a doubt my favourite Larissa’s routine, and certainly one of the best-choreographed clubs routine made ever in the RSG history. While others seem to prefer “harsh” or sparkling music for clubs routine, she chooses the 2nd movement of Mozart’s Concerto in A, an odd choice that turns out to be an astute one.

Right from the start of the routine, Larissa displays her expressions, following closely to the music (as in the tune and its rhythm), making mill circles and circling on the clubs. She too illustrates her excellent control when she places the clubs on her left feet in kneeling position, followed by a rotation of her body into a back scale / an MG kick. All the while the clubs stay on her feet until she retrieves it. Another good example is when she performs a toe balance while her hands are doing cartwheels on the clubs. Subsequently, she unleashes her first large throw, executes a turning spilt leap (and simultaneously transfers the unreleased club to the opposite hand) and catches the other club. Without further ado, she unleashes a large throw a second time, but this time performs a “turnover of her body” and catches both clubs. This is certainly a risky move, but she conquers it anyway.

After two immediate throws, Larissa displays her pivots, completing a 720 degrees vertical split pivot and then a basic pivot (P1101 i suppose). She makes another big throw, performing a split leap and a deep arching split leap and grasps both clubs. Next comes a rather spectacular move (an opinion), she places the clubs on her neck with her head supporting them and performs an unsupported vertical pivot (wow!).

Towards the conclusion, she performs two turning split turns that really soar. The amplitude of the two jumps are unbelievable and definite proves Larissa’s magnificent leaps. She closes her routine with some back flexibility moves and poses an emotive ending position.

Some may argue about its difficulty as compared to present routines, but think about that time where other routines are hardly more difficult than that. I enjoy the music thoroughly, allowing it to touch my heart deeply. Lukyanenko has combined high artistry, flexibility, superior balletic elements, complex throws, well controlled pivots and balances, soaring leaps and deep emotions into a perfect routine, one that leaves an indelible impression in my mind…


Piano Concerto in A, K488

Major scores:

1995 Euro Cup Final: 9.725 - 6th
Worlds: 9.900 - 5th
1996 Olympics: 9.700 - 7th AA
Schmiden International: 9.900 - 1st
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