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1.0 DEFINITIONS


1.1 INTERPRETIVE SKATING

Interpretive Skating is a form of skating in which emphasis is placed on the skaters’ ability to use their skills to interpret music rather than on their technical prowess.


2.0 DESCRIPTION OF INTERPRETIVE TESTS


2.1 INTRODUCTORY INTERPRETIVE SINGLES TEST

  1. PROGRAM: The program shall be a minimum of 2.0 minutes and a maximum of 3.0 2.0 minutes (+ or – 10 seconds). (Rule 4302 (1))
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: Two out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better: Edge and Turn Quality, Speed/Flow/Power, Creative Movement with Sureness, Carriage and Line plus two out of five of the following must be satisfactory or better: Interpretation of Music, Communication of Theme, Use of Whole Body, Use of Levels and Space and Originality/Creativity.


2.2 BRONZE INTERPRETIVE SINGLES TEST

  1. PROGRAM: The program shall be a minimum of 2.0 minutes and a maximum of 3.0 minutes (+ or – 10 seconds). (Rule 4302 (2))
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: Two out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better: Edge and Turn Quality, Speed/Flow/Power, Creative Movement with Sureness, Carriage and Line plus three out of five of the following must be satisfactory or better: Interpretation of Music, Communication of Theme, Use of Whole Body, Use of Levels and Space and Originality/ Creativity.


2.3 SILVER INTERPRETIVE SINGLES TEST

  1. PROGRAM: The program shall be a minimum of 2.0 minutes and a maximum of 3.0 minutes (+ or – 10 seconds). (Rule 4302 (3))
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: Three out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better: Edge and Turn Quality, Speed/Flow/Power, Creative Movement with Sureness, Carriage and Line plus four out of five of the following must be satisfactory or better: Interpretation of Music, Communication of Theme, Use of Whole Body, Use of Levels and Space and Originality/Creativity.


2.4 GOLD INTERPRETIVE SINGLES TEST

  1. PROGRAM: The program shall be a minimum of 2.0 minutes and a maximum of 3.0 minutes (+ or – 10 seconds). (Rule 4302 (4))
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: Four out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better: Edge and Turn Quality, Speed/Flow/Power, Creative Movement with Sureness, Carriage and Line plus five out of five of the following must be satisfactory or better: Interpretation of Music, Communication of Theme, Use of Whole Body, Use of Levels and Space and Originality/Creativity.


2.5 INTRODUCTORY INTERPRETIVE COUPLES TEST

  1. PROGRAM: The program shall be a minimum of 2.0 minutes and a maximum of 3.0 2.0 minutes (+ or – 10 seconds). (Rule 4302 (5))
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: Two out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better: Edge and Turn Quality, Speed/Flow/Power, Creative Movement with Sureness, Carriage and Line plus three out of six of the following must be satisfactory or better: Interpretation of Music, Communication of Theme, Use of Whole Body, Use of Levels and Space, Originality/Creativity and Interaction.


2.6 BRONZE INTERPRETIVE COUPLES TEST

  1. PROGRAM: The program shall be a minimum of 2.0 minutes and a maximum of 3.0 minutes (+ or – 10 seconds). (Rule 4302 (6))
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: Two out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better: Edge and Turn Quality, Speed/Flow/Power, Creative Movement with Sureness, Carriage and Line plus three out of six of the following must be satisfactory or better: Interpretation of Music, Communication of Theme, Use of Whole Body, Use of Levels and Space, Originality/Creativity and Interaction.

 

2.7 SILVER INTERPRETIVE COUPLES TEST

  1. PROGRAM: The program shall be a minimum of 2.0 minutes and a maximum of 3.0 minutes (+ or – 10 seconds). (Rule 4302 (7))
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: Three out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better: Edge and Turn Quality, Speed/Flow/Power, Creative Movement with Sureness, Carriage and Line plus four out of six of the following must be satisfactory or better: Interpretation of Music, Communication of Theme, Use of Whole Body, Use of Levels and Space, Originality/Creativity and Interaction.


2.8 GOLD INTERPRETIVE COUPLES TEST

  1. PROGRAM: The program shall be a minimum of 2.0 minutes and a maximum of 3.0 minutes (+ or – 10 seconds). (Rule 4302 (8))
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: Four out of four of the following must be satisfactory or better: Edge and Turn Quality, Speed/Flow/Power, Creative Movement with Sureness, Carriage and Line plus six out of six of the following must be satisfactory or better: Interpretation of Music, Communication of Theme, Use of Whole Body, Use of Levels and Space, Originality/Creativity and Interaction.


3.0 SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR INTERPRETIVE TESTS


3.1 ORDER OF TESTS (Rule 4403 (2))

A candidate for a test must have passed all of the preceding tests in the same category in all disciplines.


3.2 CRITERIA FOR INTERPRETIVE TESTS

  1. REQUIREMENT TO PASS THE PRECEDING TEST: A candidate for an interpretive test shall have passed the preceding test.
  2. QUALIFYING FOR SAME TEST: A candidate may qualify for the same test more than once using a different theme and program on each occasion.
  3. OPEN TO SINGLES OR COUPLES: The Interpretive Tests are open to single skaters or couples.
  4. ELIGIBILITY NOT RESTRICTED: Candidates are not restricted as to eligibility.



4.0 COMPOSITION, CONDUCT & EVALUATION OF INTERPRETIVE TESTS


4.1 COMPOSITION OF THE INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM

This program shall contain a variety of skating moves. These moves should be selected for their value in enhancing the choreographic interpretation of the music rather than for their technical difficulty. Jumps are allowed, but no credit will be given for their technical difficulty.


4.2 MUSIC FOR THE INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM

The skater is unrestricted as to choice of music.


4.3 CONDUCT OF INTERPRETIVE TESTS

  1. PROGRAM CRITERIA: The program shall meet the criteria outlined in 4.1 and 4.2 above.
  2. STARTING ORDER: If there is more than one candidate for the same test, the starting order shall be drawn.


4.4 EVALUATION/MARKING CRITERIA FOR INTERPRETIVE TESTS

Interpretive Skating shall be evaluated/marked using the following criteria:

  1. SKATING SKILLS:
    1. EDGE AND TURN QUALITY: Quality of basic edges and turns (e.g. three turns, brackets, Choctaws, etc.) incorporated into the choreography of the program.
    2. SPEED, FLOW AND POWER: Gaining and maintenance of speed; easy and continual flow; power reflective of the ability of the skater and the chosen music/theme.
    3. CREATIVE MOVEMENT WITH SURENESS: Incorporating new and creative movements performed with sureness and control.
    4. CARRIAGE AND LINE: Upper body carriage and body line reflective of the chosen music/theme yet still incorporating good style (e.g. a skater may choose African Tribal dance music; one would expect angular lines and departure from the “normal” skating posture, but this should not be confused with poor basic form. In other words, there is a difference between intentional choreography and poor basic form and line).
  2. PERFORMANCE:
    1. INTERPRETATION OF MUSIC: Clear interpretation of the chosen music.
    2. COMMUNICATION OF THEME: The skater’s ability to portray the chosen theme through interpretation of music, skating skills and movement rather than through mime and posing.
    3. USE OF WHOLE BODY: Skater’s ability to use the entire body (including torso) to help interpret the music and communicate the theme. Particular attention should be paid in differentiating between postural and gestural movements.
    4. USE OF LEVELS AND SPACE: Skater’s ability to use low, mid and high levels as well as space (either immediately surrounding the body as well as within the performance area, or ice surface).
    5. ORIGINALITY/CREATIVITY: Skaters should be encouraged to choose (and rewarded when chosen) an unknown theme or original interpretation of a known piece of music.
    6. INTERACTION: This is relevant to couples only and reflects the need for interaction between the couple during the test but encourages more creativity than what might be the case if the term “unison” is incorporated.


4.5 PROGRAM TITLE

  1. AT TESTS: Before a test, the skater shall submit the title of the program and it shall be identified on the appropriate test summary sheet.
  2. AT COMPETITIONS: Before competition, the skater shall submit the title of the program. It shall be distributed to judges before the first official practice and be provided to the announcer if required.
  3. AT EXHIBITIONS: Before an exhibition the skater shall submit the title of the program.
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