this routine, Teodara fully displays her fleetness, her dexterity and
portrays her character. The music, entitled “Marta’s Dance” from
Riverdance, is certainly a perfect choice for rhythmic gymnastics
routines. Note that the ‘rap’ feeling of the music helps to build
up the atmosphere as well as provides a strong rhythm for Teodara.
the routine starts, Teodara, accompanied with the eloquent harmony,
performs an Arabesque while the hoop spins round her right foot. She
catches the hoop with an illusion turn. Early from the start of the
routine, she has cleverly made use of the hoop to turn into an
original element. Next she expresses herself emotionally, doing some
pivots and sliding the hoop across her shoulder. She plays around
with the hoop, displaying flexibility and creates stunning patterns
that really add up to the presentation.
the music brightens, Teodara displays her difficulty meticulously.
First, she does her trademark combination: using her left foot to
rotate the hoop vertically in a vertical split and releasing the
hoop, catching it after a roll. When the lively music begins,
Teodara’s face breaks into a broad smile. She jumps through the hoop
twice, the second time in a double stag leap position. All these
lovely little touches do create magnitude to the routine essentially.
Teodara subsequently throws the hoop up, executes a slip leap and a
side split leap and catches the hoop with ease. (also one of her
comes a spectacular move. She places the hoop on her left foot and
does some pirouettes. I deem it as quite an original and fascinating
move. Following that, Teodara does her eye-catching move – the
triple illusion turn. Note that she is using the hoop, which means it
is really challenging for her to fully execute a triple and catches
the hoop. I must agree that this move is highly commendable.
I look at her routine, thrilled and fascinated, I see beautiful
pirouettes. It is interesting to note that Teodara can perform more
pivots that most other top gymnasts. Teodara releases the hoop for the
next time and jumps through the hoop with a double stag leap with a
deep arch after catching the hoop. However, she continues her brisk
routine with more(!) pirouettes and artfully making full use of the
hoop. She performs two more throws (yes, oh gosh!), including one in
which she jumps through the hoop skillfully in a Carpe position. Just
when one supposed her throws are more than sufficient, Teodara gives
her final spectacular throw, one that impresses me. She throw the
hoop, performs a cartwheel (as in a.g.), does a double roll and catches
the hoop with her legs. The routine thus ends, leaving everyone
spellbound by her magical throw.
truth be told, this routine leaves an indelible impression in my mind.
The routine is commendable for its choreography and the great choice
of music. (Sigh, gymnasts now seldom follow their music closely) If
Teodara can perform more vertical pivots, I am certain this routine
will be priceless.