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Ice Dance Partnered Events

       There are three different competitive ice dancing events that a couple (man and woman) can enter - Compulsory Dances, Original Dance, and Free Dancing.

To enter ice dancing events in qualifying events, each skater of the team must pass the following tests:

ISU and USFS Rules Governing Ice Dancing

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 compete in qualifying dance events.

References:


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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