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1.0 DEFINITIONS


1.1 PATTERN DANCES

The skating of prescribed patterns to music, the type and tempo for which is defined.


1.2 DANCE VARIATION

The skating by a couple of a prescribed dance into which has been inserted a sequence of steps of their own creation.


1.3 RHYTHM DANCE

The skating by a couple of a simple set pattern dance of their own creation to a rhythm selected from a prescribed group.


1.4 INTERPRETIVE DANCE

The skating by a couple of a dance of their own creation to rhythms selected from the appropriate dance tests (see previous Rules 4422, 4423) to ISU or Skate Canada Dance music.


1.5 CREATIVE DANCE

The skating by a couple (or skater) of a dance of their (his/her) own creation. It is skated to a free choice of music with a prescribed character and time signature.

 


2.0 DESCRIPTION OF DANCE TESTS


(REQUIRED SEQUENCES: For Pattern dances listed below in 2.1 to 2.7 refer to the Figure Skating Terms Defined Section of this Handbook for the required number of sequences on tests and in competitions.)

2.1 PRELIMINARY DANCE TEST

  1. DANCES: Dutch Waltz, Canasta Tango, Baby Blues, Preliminary Creative Dance (Rule 4303 (1) (a))
  2. PERFORMED SOLO, SHADOW OR AS A COUPLE: Preliminary Creative Dance (New Rule 4303 (1) (b))
  3. EXCEPTION TO PASSING ALL THE INDIVIDUAL DANCES: Skaters must pass three of the four Preliminary Dances to be awarded the Preliminary Dance test. (New Rule 4303 (1) (c))
  4. PASSING REQUIREMENT FOR EACH DANCE: The candidate must obtain a “Satisfactory” evaluation or better in Timing and Accuracy/Flow on each dance in order to pass.


2.2 JUNIOR BRONZE DANCE TEST

  1. DANCES: Swing Dance, Fiesta Tango, Willow Waltz (Rule 4303 (2))
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT FOR EACH DANCE: The candidate must obtain a “Satisfactory” evaluation or better in Timing and Accuracy/Flow and one of Style/Form, Expression, Unison or Placement on each dance in order to pass.


2.3 SENIOR BRONZE DANCE TEST

  1. DANCES PERFORMED WITH A PARTNER: Ten-Fox, Fourteenstep, European (Rule 4303 (3) (a))
  2. PERFORMED SOLO, SHADOW OR AS A COUPLE: Bronze Creative Dance (New Rule 4303 (3) (b))
  3. EXCEPTION TO PASSING ALL THE INDIVIDUAL DANCES: Skaters must pass three of the four Senior Bronze Dances to be awarded the Senior Bronze Dance test. (New Rule 4303 (3) (c))
  4. PASSING REQUIREMENT FOR EACH DANCE: Satisfactory or better in Timing and Accuracy/Flow plus Satisfactory or better in at least two of: Style/Form, Expression, Unison* or Pattern/ Placement on each dance.

*A satisfactory evaluation in the unison criteria is a requirement for partnered dances only.

2.4 JUNIOR SILVER DANCE TEST

  1. DANCES PERFORMED WITH A PARTNER: Harris Tango, Rocker Foxtrot (Rule 4303 (4) (a))
  2. DANCES PERFORMED SOLO OR WITH A PARTNER: American Waltz, Keats Foxtrot (Rule 4303 (4) (b))
  3. PASSING REQUIREMENT FOR EACH DANCE: Satisfactory or better in Timing and Accuracy/Flow plus Satisfactory or better in at least three of: Style/Form, Expression, Unison* or Pattern/Placement on each dance.

*A satisfactory evaluation in the unison criteria is a requirement for partnered dances only.


2.5 SENIOR SILVER DANCE TEST (Part of previous Rule 4414)

  1. DANCES PERFORMED WITH A PARTNER: Paso Doble, Starlight Waltz, Cha Cha Congelado (Rule 4303 (5) (a))
  2. DANCES PERFORMED SOLO OR WITH A PARTNER: Blues, Kilian (Rule 4303 (5) (b))
  3. PERFORMED SOLO, SHADOW OR AS A COUPLE: Silver Creative Dance (New Rule 4303 (5) (c))
  4. SENIOR SILVER DANCE TEST PASSING REQUIREMENT: Skaters must pass four of the six Senior Silver Dances to be awarded the Senior Silver Dance test. (Rule 4303 (5) (d))
  5. PASSING REQUIREMENT FOR EACH DANCE: Satisfactory or better in all six criteria for partnered dances and all except unison for soloed dances.


2.6 GOLD DANCE TEST

  1. DANCES PERFORMED WITH A PARTNER: Viennese Waltz, Westminster Waltz, Argentine Tango, (Rule 4303 (6) (a))
  2. DANCES PERFORMED SOLO OR WITH A PARTNER: Quickstep, Silver Samba (Rule 4303 (6) (b))
  3. PERFORMED SOLO, SHADOW OR AS A COUPLE: Gold Creative Dance (New Rule 4303 (6) (c))
  4. GOLD DANCE TEST PASSING REQUIREMENT: Skaters must pass four of the six Gold Dances to be awarded the Gold Dance test. (Rule 4303 (6) (d))
  5. PASSING REQUIREMENT FOR EACH DANCE: Satisfactory or better in all six criteria for partnered dances and all except unison for soloed dances.


2.7 DIAMOND DANCE TEST

  1. DANCES PERFORMED WITH A PARTNER: Ravensburger Waltz, Tango Romantica, Yankee Polka, Rhumba, Austrian Waltz, Golden Waltz (Rule 4303 (7) (a))
  2. DIAMOND DANCE TEST: PASSING REQUIREMENT: Skaters must pass four of the six Diamond Dances to be awarded the Diamond Dance Test (Rule 4303 (7) (b))
  3. PASSING REQUIREMENT FOR EACH DANCE: Satisfactory or better in all six criteria.


3.0 SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR DANCE TESTS


3.1 TAKING DANCE TESTS IN PATTERN DANCE COMPETITIONS

Skaters may apply to take any Gold Pattern Dance in a Novice pattern dance competition where offered by the organizing committee. The skater must pay the test fee equivalent to taking the test during a standard test day. The minimum passing equivalencies for the Gold Pattern Dances are as follows:
• Minimum TES: 12.00
• Minimum total dance score: 20.00


3.2 DANCES PASSED PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1990

  1. CREDIT IN COMPETITIVE TEST STREAM: Any Pattern dance passed prior to July 1, 1990 will be given credit in the competitive dance stream.
  2. CREDIT IN THE NEW DANCE TEST SYSTEM: A dance that was passed prior to July 1, 1990 at a lower level shall not be retried if it subsequently occurs at a higher level. Credit in the new dance test system will be given:
Prior to July 1, 1990  After July 1, 1990
Swing Dance (Preliminary) Swing Dance (Junior Bronze)
Ten-Fox (Junior Bronze) Ten-Fox (Senior Bronze)
Foxtrot (Keats) (Senior Bronze) Keats Foxtrot (Junior Silver)
Variation Dance

Dance Variation

Bronze Rhythm Dance

Silver Free Dance Silver Interpretive Dance
Junior Competitive Free Dance
Gold Free Dance

Gold Interpretive Dance

Senior Competitive Free Dance

Starlight Waltz Novice Competitive Starlight Waltz
Kilian Novice Competitive Kilian
Paso Doble Novice Competitive Paso Doble
Blues Novice Competitive Blues
Viennese Waltz Junior Competitive Viennese
Westminster Junior Competitive Westminster
Quickstep Junior Competitive Quickstep
Argentine Tango Junior Competitive Argentine
Ravensburger Waltz Senior Competitive Ravensburger
Tango Romantica Senior Competitive Tango Romantica
Yankee Polka Senior Competitive Yankee Polka
Rhumba Senior Competitive Rhumba

 

3.3 DANCES PASSED PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2012

Credit in the dance test system will be given:
Novice Competitive Dance Test: Gold Dances
Junior Competitive Dance Test: Gold Dances
Senior Competitive Dance Test: Gold Dances


3.4 DANCES PASSED PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1992

Credit in the new dance test system will be given:

Prior to July 1, 1992 After July 1, 1992

Senior Competitive Dance Test

(parts 1-4)

Senior Competitive Dance Test

(parts 1-4)

Rhumba, Yankee Polka, Tango Romantica, Ravensburger Waltz Diamond Dance Test

 

3.5 ORDER OF TESTS

 

  1. MUST PASS ALL DANCES IN A LEVEL BEFORE PROGRESSING TO THE NEXT LEVEL: The dances can be tried in any order. A candidate must pass the minimum number of the dances in a dance test before progressing to the next level. (Rule 4403 (3))
  2. EXCEPTIONS TO (1): A candidate for a test must have passed all of the preceding tests in the same category in all disciplines except as permitted by the special provisions outlined below:
    1. PATTERN DANCES: A candidate may try all the tests in Pattern dancing without trying any of the Creative Dance tests.
    2. PATTERN DANCES: A candidate may try the Gold Pattern Dances without passing the previous pattern dance tests. The candidate must pay the appropriate fee for challenging the Gold test as outlined in the Notice Board.

 

3.6 PARTNERS FOR DANCE TESTS

  1. ELIGIBILITY OF PARTNERS FOR DANCE TESTS: Partners are unrestricted as to eligible status or tests passed previously. All partners whether eligible or ineligible must be members of the Association. (Rule 4401 (2))
  2. CANDIDATES RESPONSIBILITY FOR PARTNER: For partnered dances, it is the responsibility of the candidate to have a partner who complies with the rules, present and ready to skate, at the time designated for the test.
  3. PARTNER COMPOSITION: A couple shall be comprised of a woman and a man, each skating their own steps. In the event, that a female candidate is unable to secure a male partner, she may be partnered by another female skating the man’s steps. It is also possible for a female to execute the male steps and receive credit for the test apart from the credit received for performing the female steps (i.e. dance tests may be taken more than once) and vice versa (male may test female steps). Only the female steps (for females) and male steps (for males) will count towards the completion of the dance test certificate.



4.0 COMPOSITION, CONDUCT AND EVALUATION
OF PATTERN / CREATIVE DANCE TESTS


4.1 CONDUCT OF PATTERN / CREATIVE DANCE TESTS

  1. TESTING ALL THE CANDIDATES FOR ONE DANCE: All the candidates for one dance shall skate before any candidates commence another dance, unless otherwise authorized by the referee or evaluator.
  2. TESTING DANCES IN NUMERICAL ORDER: Pattern dances shall be skated in their numerical order except when otherwise specified for a particular test or competition (See Free Skating Terms Defined 3.1).
  3. REQUIREMENT TO SKATE WITH A PARTNER: In all dance tests, a candidate shall skate with a partner except as noted in Rule 4303.
  4. REQUIREMENT TO RESKATE WITH ANOTHER PARTNER: The evaluator may require the candidate to reskate any dance with another partner if the partner for a dance test appears to lack the ability to lead, or to follow, as appropriate.


4.2 SOLO SKATING

In addition to solo dancing as described in Rule 4303, A candidate for a Pattern dance test after skating the dance with a partner may subsequently also skate the dance alone under the circumstances specified below. When a solo skating occurs, the evaluator shall not record an additional evaluation, but use this as a check on the candidate’s knowledge of the steps, accuracy in timing and sureness of skating. A candidate who is 25 years of age or older will not be required to skate a solo.

  1. REQUESTS FOR SOLO NOT PERMITTED: In the Preliminary Dance Test and Diamond Dance Test, solo skating at the request of the evaluator is not permitted.
  2. JUNIOR BRONZE: In the Junior Bronze Dance Test, the evaluator may request a solo under extenuating circumstances.
  3. SENIOR BRONZE: In the Senior Bronze Dance Test, the evaluator may request a solo as indicated above.
  4. JUNIOR SILVER: In the Junior Silver Dance Test, the American Waltz and Keats Foxtrot may be skated solo. The evaluator may request a solo skating of any of the dances.
  5. SENIOR SILVER: In the Senior Silver Dance Test, the Blues and the Kilian may be skated solo. The evaluator may request a solo skating of any of the dances.
  6. GOLD: In the Gold Dance Test, the Quickstep and the Silver Samba may be skated solo. The evaluator may request the candidate to skate any of the dances alone.


4.3 INTRODUCTORY STEPS (See Notice Board)

  1. WHERE THE DANCE SHALL START: The evaluator may rule as to where the dances shall be started. 
  2. STEPS AND POSES: All Pattern dances may be started with optional introductory steps. For evaluated tests, skaters may use a maximum of 7 introductory steps. Theatrical poses are forbidden. However, some opening poses may reflect the character of the given dance. For tests taken in competition all competition rules apply.
  3. VIOLATIONS PENALIZED BY EVALUATOR: Violations of this rule must be penalized by the evaluators.


4.4 SCALE FOR EVALUATING PATTERN / CREATIVE DANCE TESTS

Dance tests shall be evaluated based on the following scale: Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement.


4.5 CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING PATTERN / CREATIVE DANCE TESTS

In tests, evaluations shall be given under two categories, the first for dance rhythm, the second for execution. It must be realized that certain aspects of dancing do not fall clearly into a single subdivision. The more mechanical aspects of unison, for example, might be construed as belonging under execution. The definitions are intended to summarize the requirements and shall be followed as closely as possible.

  1. DANCE RHYTHM:
    1. TIMING: The proper relationship of the strokes and other body movements to the music. The skater shall coordinate his body motions, such as rotation, knee-bend, swing of the free leg, etc., with the music so that the stroke is completed smoothly and the transfer to the new skating foot or the turn is made without pause or rush.
    2. EXPRESSION: That quality of dancing which interprets the character of the music that designates the type of dance such as waltz, tango, march, etc. Expression of the music shall show by rapid or slow changes in the dance motions, the variation pattern of the music. Thus in the waltz, as the variation pattern of the music is extremely even, the speed of the body motions shall show little change and the movements shall be nearly continuous.
    3. UNISON (only for dances requiring a partner): The mutual coordination of the movements and positions as a couple. Body movements, such as leg-swings and knee-bends, shall be equalized; partners shall remain close without effort and their shoulders shall be parallel in the closed positions. The man shall show his ability to lead his partner and the lady her ability to follow a lead.
  2. EXECUTION:
    1. ACCURACY/FLOW: The steps, timing and movement of the dances must be skated in accordance with the regulations. Provided that there is conformity with the basic requirements, some latitude in movement is permitted to enable couples or skaters (for solo dances) to perform the dances with individual expression. Footwork must be neat and definite edges must be skated. Obvious skating on two feet must be avoided. On chassés and progressives the feet should be lifted as small a distance from the ice as is consistent with taking a clean stroke.
    2. STYLE/FORM: In general, carriage should be upright but not stiff, with the head up. The hold should be firm and the fingers neither spread nor clenched. All actions should be easy and flowing with the direct object of assisting the movement. Speed should not be gained at the expense of good style. The knee of the skating leg should be flexible with a rhythmic rise and fall. The free leg should be turned outwards with the knee slightly relaxed and the toe pointed down.
    3. PATTERN/PLACEMENT: The skating of the prescribed pattern and its intelligent location within the skating area.

 

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