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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.



      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 Dancing
Solo Dance Events
         Solo Dance Competitions

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