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The following dances can be used to provide a wider variety of dance tempos for free skaters who are beginning to dance and who tend to easily become bored with the preliminary through bronze dances.
Swing Foxtrot - The Swing Foxtrot is a Preliminary level dance skated in the Kilian position to 4/4 time foxtrot music at 100 beats per minute consisting of forward edges only and introduces the beginner skater to the Foxtrot rhythm. This dance has been adapted from a roller dance pattern as an easier alternative to the Pre-Silver level Foxtrot.
Golden Skaters' Waltz -
The Golden Skaters' Waltz is a Preliminary level dance skated in
the Kilian position to lively, lilting 3/4 time waltz music at
162 beats per minute, consisting of forward edges only [same
tempo as the Gold level Westminster Waltz]. This dance is
intended to give an early introduction to a faster, flowing and
more spirited dance characteristic of the Westminster Waltz,
without demanding expert technique. The inventor is unknown.
Canadian Cha Cha - The Canadian Cha Cha is a Pre-Bronze level dance skated in the Open or Kilian position to 4/4 time cha cha music at 100 beats per minute consisting of forward edges only and introduces the skater to the unusual Latin American rhythm of the Cha Cha with free leg expression as well as appropriate upper body and head positions to express the feeling and character of the dance as a whole. The dance features a slalom step sequence. Invented by Helen Gage Moore. YouTube Video.
Denver Shuffle - The
Denver Shuffle is a Pre-Bronze level dance skated in the Kilian
or Crossed Kilian position to 2/4 time polka music at 100 beats
per minute consisting of forward edges only and introduces the
beginner skater to the lively Polka rhythm and features a
"slide" movement step sequence. The dance should be
skated lively, with a bold approach to step execution. This dance
has been adapted from a roller dance pattern. Invented by
Cha Cha 2000 - The Cha
Cha 2000 is a Bronze level dance skated in Kilian and various
Hand-in-Hand positions to 4/4 time cha cha music at 100 beats per
minute. The steps are arranged in such a way that an optimal
portrayal of the feeling of "1, 2 cha-cha-cha" can be
achieved on the ice. Moreover to accentuate the Latin American
character quite a lot of Hand-in-Hand holds are included where
the partners change positions by passing each other. This makes
the dance more complicated than the usual dances at the bronze
level, and from that perspective the Cha Cha 2000 can be seen as
a challenge to acquire good body co-ordination. Invented by Peter
P. Moormann, it was first performed at the -'s Hertogenbosch,
Sportiom, The Netherlands in 2000. Because of the complexity of
the step sequence you may also need to refer to the detailed
description of the dance.
Riverside Rhumba - The Riverside Rhumba is a Bronze level dance skated in Open Kilian, Shadow and Reverse Kilian to 4/4 time rhumba music at 104 beats per minute and introduces the skaters to the slow, seductive rhythm of the Rhumba. This dance is characterized by partners changing places during the swing roll sequences. Invented by Aileen Johnston, Les Kilbey and Lynd Taylor, it was first performed at the Riverside Ice Dance Club, Chelmsford in November 1995.
Paradiso Rhumba - The
Paradiso Rhumba is a Bronze level dance skated in Closed, Tango,
Kilian and Tandem positions to 4/4 time rhumba music at 108 beats
per minute with some unusual features regarding partner holds
(Tandem position), free leg movements (slide chassé from inside
to outside) and three different change of edge parts (in Tango,
Kilian and Closed position respectively). The roundness of the
change of edge parts, the hand on hip position in the tandem
hold, together with the accompanying sensual hip, seductive arm
and soft knee movements enable the skaters to express the erotic
undertones so typical of the rhumba character. Invented by Peter
P. Moormann and Sylvia Timmermans, it was first performed at the
-'s Hertogenbosch, Sportiom, The Netherlands, World Ice Challenge
in 2004. Because of the complexity of the step sequence you may
also need to refer to the detailed
description of the dance.
Festival Quickstep - The Festival Quickstep is a Bronze level dance skated in Kilian and Reverse Kilian to 2/4 time quickstep music at 112 beats per minute [same tempo as the Gold level Quickstep], consisting of forward edges only. The dance must be skated in keeping with the music which is gay, happy, fast, lively and of bright character. To achieve this mood, the footwork must be precise and crisp, timing of feet and body movement must be accurate, supple knee action with a slight bounce will keep the performance from appearing too smooth, and free leg extensions must be apparent even on the one-count steps to avoid a slurring motion. The Festival steps variation by Penny Butler and Derek Drury is an easier alternative to the International Quickstep.
Riolado Samba - The
Riolado Samba is a Bronze level dance skated in Kilian to 2/4
time samba music at 108 beats per minute [same tempo as the
Senior International level Silver Samba], consisting of forward
edges only. This is a fast, lively dance, which allows a skater
of moderate ability to gain a feel for the samba rhythm and is
characterized by a basic pattern of step-close, step-close
accompanied by a dip and spring upward at each beat of the music.
The dance features a samba chassé with the two steps of the
chassé taking only one beat, and a scissors sequence which is
skated with both feet on the ice as a slow - slow - quick - quick
- slow movement. This dance is an easier alternative to the
Silver Samba with many step sequences in common.
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