Questions and Answers
Showcase is a program in US Figure Skating that fuses artistic
creativity with figure skating for singles, duets, small ensembles of
three to seven and production numbers of eight to thirty.
offers the categories of light entertainment, dramatic entertainment
and extemporaneous improvisation to single skaters.
skaters participating in light entertainment and dramatic entertainment
as well as duets compete under spotlights. All other categories
compete under full house lighting.
What are the
definition of the events?
entertainment: a serious emotional artistic interpretation;
entertainment: any performance not serious enough to be considered
improvisation; a performance choreographed by the competitor,
unaccompanied and unassisted, to music supplied by the organizers. The
music will be played during a 30-minute off-ice session and twice
during a warm-up on ice prior to performance. All competitors
interpret the same music.
enter any or all of these singles events for which they are qualified
are theatrical/artistic performances by any two competitors.
production ensembles are theatrical/artistic performances
by three to seven competitors.
ensembles are theatrical/artistic performances by eight
or more skaters. Theater On Ice Teams are eligible as production
may enter only one duet, mini production or production event.
What are the event
levels ages and test requirements needed to compete at National
Class - Test
Level - Age
- Preliminary -
Preliminary Free Skating Test, no higher
- Pre Juvenile - Pre
Juvenile Free Skating Test, no higher
- Juvenile -
Juvenile Free Skating Test, no higher - Under l3
- Teen - Juvenile
Free Skating Test, no higher – 13 to l7
- Intermediate -
Intermediate Free Skating Test, no higher - Under l8
- Young Adult -
Juvenile/Intermediate Free Skating, no higher – 18 to 20
- Novice - Novice
Free Skating, no higher
- Junior - Junior
Free Skating, no higher
- Senior - Senior
- Adult/Master -
Adult/Master’s Rules 3820/3810 (Interpretive) 21 years minimum
- Duets - As above,
according to the level/age of the highest tested
- member. Both
members of adult/masters must be of age.
- Ensembles -
No levels, age or test requirements
Q. Who is
eligible to compete at National Showcase?
Required age and test qualifications must be in effect at the
entries are closed. Subsequent changes will not affect
- Events are open to
eligible or reinstated persons and members of other governing bodies.
contestants must have placed first, second, third or fourth in a
contested artistic/theatrical/interpretive skating event in the twelve
months preceding the close of entries or in the immediately
prior National Showcase.
ensembles and members of other governing bodies are not subject to
Singles requirements above. In fulfillment of this requirement, junior
and senior competitors who have entered a competition subsequently
canceled for lack of other entries may substitute a testimonial letter
from the chair or the registrar.
What guidelines must be
followed for Performance Times?
following times are to be
adhered to for competition:
Improvisations: One minute, 20 seconds max.
- Light and
- Preliminary and Pre
Juvenile: One minute, forty seconds max.
- Juvenile thru
Novice: Two minutes, ten seconds max.
- Junior and Senior :
Two minutes, forty seconds max.
- Teen and Young
Adult: Two minutes, ten seconds max.
- Adult and Masters :
One minute, forty seconds max.
- Duets: Same as
above, according the level of the higher test skater.
- Mini Production
Ensembles: Three minutes, ten seconds, max.
Ensembles: Six minutes, fifteen seconds max.
the 6.0 system or IJS
system used for judging and marking?
The 6.0 system is used. Performances will be judged from an
entertainment standpoint, for theatrical and artistic qualities.
Technical skating skills and difficulty will not be rewarded as such;
however, skating must be the major element of the performance and be of
sufficient quality to support the selected theatrical elements.
- Unintended falls,
poorly executed skating elements and obvious losses of control will
reduce contestant’s marks.
elements evaluated will include energy, poise, acting, pantomime, eye
contact, choreography, form/extension and the use of props and ice.
- One mark will be
given by each judge for each performance. No technical standpoint,
skating mark will be used.
Showcase Skater Guide (from USFS website)
Skating Under Spotlights (and
under spotlights is only scary until you have done it and figured out
how to make it work. Then, it's like skating in a new rink - not a
problem unless you make it into one.
a lot like driving at night when oncoming cars shines headlights at
you. But it's easier than that because spotlights are usually above
your line of sight, not at eye level.
it takes a minute for your eyes to adjust so expect that. Don't ever
look into the spotlights. Look under them and between them. Try to stay
aware of the barriers; they will help you know where you are. Don't
look at the ice either; you'll get reflected light.
any jumps you don't do with style and flow and confidence. You get no
credit at all for jump difficulty in showcase, but errors lower marks.
- Skate and perform
with energy! Weak performance gets weak marks.
- Look at and play to
the audience and judges. Ignore them and they will be happy to ignore
your gestures and the physical aspects of performance. You are a small
creature in a large space, seen from a distance. Good luck and a great
time to you!
any other questions
related to National Showcase 2013 please contact
National Vice Chair,
Theatrical Skating Committee
National Showcase 2013
August 1-3, 2013
Hosted by the Bourne Skating Club
Showcase 2013 Announcement
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