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National Showcase Theatrical Skating Championships

       Since the first theatrical figure skating events were hosted at the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club in 1974 by long-time skater and judge National Judge Jack Curtis.  The Ice Skating Institute added similar events to their recreational competitions. The first official USFS National Showcase event took place in 2004.

       The concept of theatrical skating events was to combine artistic creativity with the abilities possible from the media of ice skating. Events were open to single skaters, duets, small ensembles of three to seven, and production numbers of eight to thirty. The goal of National Showcase events is to stimulate original and unique choreographed programs.

       From these early beginnings, the sport has morphed into the National Showcase Championships, which provides an opportunity for skaters to experience the thrill of participating in ice skating carnivals and shows through skating in showcase competitive events. The theatrical aspect of showcase events is emphasized as skaters and duets who participate in light or dramatic entertainment events perform under their spotlights. All other events are performed under full house lighting.

       Skaters compete in local open competitions and then skate against others throughout the county who competed in categories of light entertainment, dramatic entertainment, and extemporaneous improvisation to singles skaters. The location of the National Showcase rotates to a different location around the country every year to reduce the expense of participation. Any USFS club can bid on hosting this competition, but they do need to have spectator seating, back stage areas, dressing rooms, and positions for spot lights.

Hosting the National Showcase Championships Resources:

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Skater Entry Qualifications:
       The top four skaters, in an artistic event held in open competitions, qualify for National Showcase provided they meet test requirements. This includes non qualifying competitions hosting showcase events or competitions with all-showcase events.  Note: Some announcements of open competition interpretive and artistic events may differ from the National Showcase announcement. The announcement of the host club at each competition takes precedent.

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Addition to Rule 1071, paragraph D in the National Showcase Rules that reads:

D. SINGLE ENTRY EVENTS AT NATIONAL SHOWCASE: Following the close of entries, if an event (singles, pairs, duet or ensemble) is composed of only one entry, the Local Organizing Committee will contact the single entrants to offer them the opportunity to select one of the following options: 1. The entry can withdraw and receive a full refund from the LOC. 2. The entry will be given the option to skate up one level if applicable. 3. The referee will offer the option to skate to the single entry in singles, pairs, duet or ensembles. If the competitor chooses to skate, judges will award their marks according to the rules and the applicable scoring system used. The competitor will be awarded first place, with the single-entry competitors in singles and duet advancing to the Parade of Champions.
Please note that here has been a revision to Rule 1082: Lighting that reads:
    1082: LIGHTING: Singles and Duets will perform under spotlights in a darkened house. Ensembles will perform under house lighting. If feasible, Extemporaneous Improvisations will warm up under house lighting and perform under spotlights in a darkened house. If not, house lights will be used. Props and stage front lighting must be used, with a stationary spotlight dedicated to both the curtain opening and the scenery props located at the stage front. Barrier and backstage lighting also needs to be provided to ensure safety of participants at all times. In most cases, a minimum of four spotlights would be utilized to accomplish these spotlight requirements.
National Showcase Dates and Location
       National Showcase Competition occurs in the Summer.

       Visit the event page on U.S. Figure Skating website.  Note: It currently has not been updated for 2012-2013 competitive season.

 Each year the location and dates change. Check the USFS page National Showcase Competition.

       U.S. Figure Skating has selected Hyannis, Massachusetts as the site of the National Showcase 2013. The event will be hosted by the Bourne Skating Club and will take place at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, August 1-3, 2013.

PDF  National Showcase Rules and Guidelines (updated and final 11/2/10)
HTML  Showcase Skater's Guide

National Vice Chair, National Showcase  E-Mail Melissa Bowman

The National Showcase program is under the auspices of the Program Development Committee.
E-Mail  Mary-Elizabeth Wightman

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2011-12 Nonqualifying Showcase Competition Guidelines

PDF  2011-12 National Showcase Guidelines

2012 National Showcase was held August 9-11, 2012 at the Iceoplex Rink in Escondido, Calif. and hostedby Escondido FSC.     PDF  Competition Announcement

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