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    Roller skaters perform most of the same dances that are done on ice, and they also have many easier dances that are not generally included in social ice dance sessions.

    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 Briggs-Johnson.

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.

Resources:

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:

Sports Curriculum
PDF  Snowplow Sam Curriculum
PDF  Basic Skills 1-8 Curriculum
PDF  Ice Dance Curriculum
PDF  Artistry In Motion Curriculum
PDF  Hockey Curriculum
PDF  Spin and Jump Curriculum

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