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2010 USFS Rulebook


Step  Sequences
Additional Information
Max 2 (See Note)
2 different types
of Short Lifts
(max 6 seconds)
Long Lifts not

2nd Lift optional–
see Note below.

Note: The first
performed lift
only will be
identified and
considered in
determining level of difficulty. The
second lift is
optional and, if
performed, will be considered by the judges in marking

If a third lift is
performed, it will
be considered by
the Technical Panel as an extra
element and
deduction 1.0 will be applied.
Max 2
1 Midline Not Touching Covering the Full length of the ice surface.

Must incorporate mirror and/or matching foot- work. Both partners may cross each other’s tracing(s) and may switch from matching footwork to mirror and vice versa.

The partners should
remain as close
together as possible
but must not touch.
Distance between
partners should be
generally no more than 2 arms lengths apart.


One Step Sequence
in hold selected from
Diagonal or Circular
Diagonal – skated as
fully corner to corner
as possible.

Circular - Utilizing
the full width of ice
surface on the short
axis of the rink.

Use of variety of dance holds except no hand in hand hold in sustained position with fully extended arms.

Any separation to change hold must not exceed one measure of music.

Lifts, jumps of more than ½ rotation, stops, dance spins, pirouettes, pattern retrogressions and loops are not
permitted in either step sequence.
1 (See Note)
One set of Sequential Twizzles

Up to one step in between twizzles.

No stop(s) allowed before and/or between twizzles.

The set of sequential twizzles may be skated in any part of the program except in the required step sequences.

Note: Additional sets of sequential twizzles are permitted but only first
performed set outside the required the required step
sequence will be identified and considered in deter- mining level of difficulty.

Each additional set of sequential twizzles outside the required step sequence will be consid- ered by the judges in marking Choreography if elements reflect character of music/dance.
See current season’s ISU
Communication on music, repeated positions and illegal lifts/elements.

Stops: 1 stop of up to 10 sec. duration or 2 stops each of up to 5 sec. duration are permitted.

Dance Spin is not included in the requirements. However, a couple may choose to use the spinning move- ment as part of their choreography.

The spinning movement skated by the couple to- gether in any hold around a common axis on one foot or two feet with any number of rotations is permitted.

The Technical Panel will ignore these movements and the judges will not consider these movements as the permitted stops.

Hops and jumps of not more than one (1) rotation are permitted.

Jumps of one rotation are permitted but may not be performed simultaneously. These one rotation jumps are not permitted in either step sequence.

Kneeling or sliding on 2 knees is not permitted. It will be considered as a fall and the appropriate deduction will be applied by the Technical Panel.

Touching of ice by hand(s) is not permitted

Props Types - Permitted: Small props as part of a costume and non-detach- able. Props may not be thrown or passed from one skater to the other.

Props Types - Not permitted:
Cane (walking stick), umbrella, bouquet etc.

Costume deduction of 1.0 will be applied by Referee.

Illegal elements:
• Jumps of one (1) full rotation performed simultaneously
• Jumps of more than one (1) rotation
• Lying on the ice

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