Ms. Stepanova and her dancing partner Ivan Bukin showed magnificent talent in the recent European Championships Gala Show in Belarus, Russia.
The show offered an ice-skating version of two lovers intensely expressing amour.
The two began by lying prone on the ice as though in a bed prior to rising and sweeping about the arena.
Mr. Bukin at all times treated his partner with the fixity and admiration fitting to their love story.
Tenderness, compassion, and strength combined with amazing turns about the ice in the highest form of ballet on the frozen medium.
In black trousers and white shirt, Mr. Bukin emanated ultimate attention to Ms. Stepanova’s positions.
But Ms. Stepanova’s outfit was somewhat more controversial.
Stadium lights tended to highlight certain delicate areas of her physiology through her black skin-tight outfit.
Afterwards, Twitter followers used such expressions as “cheeky indeed” and “oh my gosh what’s left now to see” and “gadzooks are figure skaters also porn stars???”
The two performed to the popular music “The Candle Is Burning” but left some in the audience wondering what else was burning.
Mr. Bukin’s eyes appeared somewhat glazed at times while holding Ms. Stepanova above him, her legs spread wide.
Mr. Bukin later admitted to the Russian Press they wanted the outfit “to be sexually-erotic, a little bit provocative.”
Ms. Stepanova added: “Not vulgar.”
Apparently, however, the borderline between “classy and erotic” and “crudely indecent” (a definition of vulgar) is under a good deal of attention today.
Female tennis stars, figure skaters, cheerleaders, wrestlers, and exhibitionists of various sorts favor increasingly skimpy outfits and exposure.
Questions of “indecency” are challenged by many of these persons with: “Why is the naked body more controversial than war?”
Stepanova and Bukin, however, insisted their love rendition would certainly never have taken the next step, especially on ice.
That is, replicating physical completion at the climax of the performance was absolutely out of the question.
The art in their brilliant figure-skating choreography would, at bottom, emphasize longings and purity in the heart only.