Skating Workshops

Hosted by
San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Dance Steps & Turns

All skating turns originated from school figures and compulsory dances
The steps and turns used in pattern ice dancing are the same as used in MITF tests, step sequences and transitions in free skating, pairs, synchronized skating, and free dance programs.

     The techniques used to teach and evaluate these steps and turns should be essentially the same. If taught in a systematic fashion there will be a high degree of transferability between the various figure skating disciplines.

     The goal is to demonstrate the Dance Steps/Turns and Connecting Elements should be correctly performed. It is essential that skaters acquire the correct skating techniques of the basic movements that serve as the connecting structure (transitions) required in a well balanced Free Skating, Pair or Free Dance USFSA in both test and competition programs.

     These workshops can serve as a guide for coaches to incorporate these steps and turns into free skating programs, starting with pre-preliminary tests and no test competition events.

Level 1
    Forward Inside Mohawks
    Back Inside Mohawks
    Forward Outside Swing Rolls
    Back Outside Swing Rolls

Level 2
    Waltz 3's
    Drop 3's
    Forward Chassés
    Back Chassés

Level 3
    Forward Slide Chassés
    Forward Inside Swing Rolls
    Forward to Back Outside Mohawks (14 step)
    Back to Forward Outside Mohawks

Level 4
    Back Outside to Forward Inside Choctaws (Blues)
    Forward to Back Outside Mohawks (Foxtrot)
    Forward to Back Outside Mohawks (Rocker FoxTrot)
    Back Outside to Forward Inside Choctaws (Foxtrot)

Level 5
    Forward Inside Swing Mohawks (Silver Tango)
    Forward Outside Swing Mohawks (Silver Tango)
    Forward Inside 3's
    Forward Cross Rolls

Level 6   
    Forward Cross Rolls into quick inside mohawk
    Back Cross Rolls
    Killian Choctaws
    Blues Choctaws

Level 7
    Forward Outside Swing Choctaws (Quickstep)
    Swing Outside Forward Rockers (R. Foxtrot)
    Alternating inside mohawks (Starlight)
    Forward Waltz 3's (American Waltz)

Level 8
    Twizzles (Argentine Tango)
    Forward Inside Swing  Rockers
    Twizzles (multiple traveling turns)


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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
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 Dance Events 
Solo Dance Events
         Solo Dance Competitions

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