Last season I kept hearing that Japan's Daisuke Takahashi (高橋 大輔 or たかはし だいすけ) had the "program of the year." My friends would call me and ask, "Did you see his Swan Lake? Oh my god!" I thought, "Swan Lake? Must have been some interpretation." Well, when I did finally see it, I went "Oh...I see what you mean." Daisuke, with coach/choreographer Nikolai Morozov's genius, created a short program called Swan Lake Hip Hop Version that had everyone talking. Daisuke's Swan Lake was not graceful or balletic, but was powerful, aggressive, rhythmic, and well, hip hop! Sadly, he broke with Nikolai a few months ago so we won't see their collaboration at work this season. But we'll always have Swan Lake Hip Hop Version and I do believe Tchaikovsky would have approved of this program.