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Ice Dancing Competitions

USFS Non-Qualifying and Qualifying ISU Competitions
       
The non-qualifing competitions include:
  • Formation Dance teams
  • Compulsory Solo Dance Events - groups of ladies, groups of men, one group consisting of male and female skaters
        There are three different competition events that a couple (man and woman) can enter - Compulsory Dances, Original Dance, and Free Dancing:
  • Partnered Compulsory Dance events in which partners are drawn
  • Partnered Compulsory Dance events described as Generation Gap
  • Partnered Compulsory Dance events described as Family Dance
  • Partnered Compulsory Dance events with minimum ages - Adult, Master, etc.

        To enter ice dancing qualifying events, each skater of the team must pass the following tests:
  • Compulsory Standard Partnered dances
  • Free dancing
  • Moves in the Field
        Ice dancing qualifying competitions consists of three events:
  • Compulsory dances selected for the current skating season
  • Original dance to tempo selected for the current season
  • Free dance
       Dance events, under the International Judging System, are scored for:
  • Technical elements - Grades of Execution
  • Performance components
    • Choreography
    • Interpretation/artistic expression
    • Skating skills
    • Performance and execution
    • Transitions
    • Timing
        A strong background in Moves in the Field (MITF) and basic free skating is highly recommended for anyone wishing to skate competitive in qualifying dance events.

Resources:

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Ice Dancing General Rules and Regulations
          Dancing on Ice
          Dance Steps & Turns
          Ice Dance Patterns
PDF 
Dance Curriculum
          Ice Dance Partnered Events
          Free Dancing
          Competitive Ice Dancing
PDF Strategies for Compulsory Dance Tests
         Free Dance Test Considerations
         Short Dance & Free Dance Events
         Pattern Dance Events   
         Solo Dancing
PDF Solo Dance Events
         Solo Dance Competitions

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