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Music and Ice Dancing

DM 1.00 Fundamentals of Music to Be Considered for Ice Dancing

DM 1.01 Beat: The regular recurring and periodic pulse or throb that constitutes
the unit of measure in all measured music.

DM 1.02 Accent: The stress of one tone over others.


DM 1.03 Measure: A group of beats, the first of which (usually) is accented or
the major beat. All measures in a given type of music contain the same number of beats.

DM 1.04 Meter: The number of major (strong) and minor (weak) beats in a
measure of music.

DM 1.05 Tempo: The speed of the music; specifically for ice dancing, measures
per minute and the number of beats per measure; beats per minute.

DM 1.06 Rhythm: Regularly repeated and short as well as strong and off-beat
notes (regardless of the melody) which give the music its character; e.g. March Rhythm, Tango Rhythm, Waltz Rhythm, etc. meter and tempo combine to make rhythm.

DM 1.07 Melody: A succession of simple sounds so arranged as to produce a
pleasing effect on the ear; or, the leading part of a harmonized composition. The melody line determines the phrasing of the musical composition and must be taken into consideration at all times.

DM 1.08 Phrase: Music used for ice dancing includes melodic phrases, according
to the tempo, of 2, 4, 8, 12, or 16 measures. The first beat after the introduction usually begins the skating phrase. Note that the melody sometimes begins slightly before or after the first strong beat; that is, the melody does not always start on count 1. The notes of a melody which actually start slightly before the beginning of the musical phrase are termed a “pick-up.”

DM 2.00 Dance Music Interpretation


DM 2.01 Music Interpretation: A combination of correct timing in all its aspects
as it pertains to ice dancing and the individual conception of expression which brings to life the character of the music.

DM 2.02 Timing: The proper relationship of the stroke and glide of the skate on
the ice and other body movements to the correct beat(s) of the music. For test requirements, see TR 43.00.

DM 2.03 Expression: The quality of dancing which interprets the character of the
music that designates the type of dance — waltz, tango, march, foxtrot, etc. For test requirements, see TR 43.00.

DM 3.00 Relationship of Music to Dance Diagrams


DM 3.01 For the relationship of the music to the steps of the dances as shown on
the diagrams, see DD 1.04


A strong background in free skating, especially multi-revolution jumps is highly recommended for anyone wishing to skate competitive in qualifying dance events.


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