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Ice Dancing Competitions

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

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.


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:

USFS Competition Events Competition Requirements
PDF  Singles Free Skating
          Pair Tests    
Pairs Events
          Pattern Dance Events  
          Solo Dance Competitions
          National Showcase Events

PDF Short Program Requirements
PDF  Short Program Requirements - Synchro
PDF  Theater On Ice Events
PDF  Artistic Events
Connecting Moves
PDF  Small Connecting Jumps
PDF  Recognizing Turns
PDF  Test Levels
          Well Balanced Free Skating Events
          National Showcase Events
PDF  Test Track Events
PDF  Adult Events

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