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Senior Silver Dance Patterns - 3664 Paso Doble


  • Paso Doble 2/4


  • 56 measures of 2 beats per minute
  • 112 beats per minute


  • Optional


  • The time required to skate 3 sequences is 51 sec

The Paso Doble is a dramatic and powerful Spanish dance requiring good body control and precise footwork. It can be expressed in terms of its origins from the music of bull fighting or in Flamenco style.

Steps 1 to 15 are skated in outside hold with the woman to the man’s right. The dance starts with a progressive sequence followed by two chassé sequences. Steps 8 and 9 are most unusual slip steps, (sometimes called “slide steps”) for both the woman (skating backward) and the man (skating forward). They are skated on the flat with both blades on the ice and with the free foot sliding closely past the skating foot to full extension. There are two optional ways to perform these steps: one option is to skate with the knee(s) of the weight bearing leg(s) bent as they slide across the ice, and the other option is to skate with the knee(s) of both of the weight bearing legs straight.

On step 10 the free foot must be lifted distinctly from the ice. The following change of edge on step 11 should be boldly skated to produce a pronounced outward bulge of the pattern. The man crosses in front on step 12, then skates a progressive sequence leading into a cross behind open mohawk. The woman skates a series of cross steps to coordinate with his. After the man’s mohawk the partners assume closed hold.

Step 17 is the first 2 beat edge of the dance. The man extends his free leg in front and the woman extends her free leg behind. The man then skates a backward edge, a front cross step, then a 2 beat back edge before stepping forward into open hold for chassé and progressive sequences. Meanwhile his partner skates a cross behind chassé followed by two chassés and a progressive sequence. The first of her two chassés is skated while the man pauses 2 beats on step 20. Steps 21 to 24 are performed together. Care must be taken to ensure that the partners remain in closed hold to the end of step 20.

Probably the most difficult portion of the dance is the cross rolling movement on step 26 to 28. The deeper these outside edges are the better, which necessitates very supple knee action owing to the fast tempo of the dance. On the last cross roll the free legs are swung to the front and both partners remain on the right forward outside edge. Then only as they bring their free legs back to the heel, (for the man to prepare to push, and the woman to execute a quick open swing mohawk on the “and” between counts 4 and 1), they change to a very short RFI edge. This places her in outside hold again for the restart of the dance.

The overall pattern of the Paso Doble is approximately elliptical, distorted here and there by outward bulges. The opening progressive is on a curve but the next few steps are rather straight. The change of edge produces an outward bulge followed by steps 12 to 25 that form a curve. The cross rolls cause a deviation in the pattern and there is a final bulge before the restart of the dance.


  • Reginald J. Wilkie and Daphne B. Wallis

First Performance

  • London, Westminster Ice Rink, 1938


Hold  Step No.  Man’s Step  Number of Beats of Music  Woman’s Step
Outside  LFO      RBO
  RFI-Pr      LBI-Pr
  LFO      RBO
  RFI-Ch      LBI-Ch
  LFO      RBO
  RFI-Ch      LBI-Ch
  LFO      RBO
  RF-Lff Slip Step      LB-Rff Slip Step
  LF-Rff Slip Step      RB-Lff Slip Step
  10  XF-RFO      XB-LBO
  11  XB-LFIO    ½ + ½    XF-RBIO
  12  XF-RFI      XB-LBI
  13  LFO      RBO
  14  RFI-Pr      XB-LBI
  15  XB-LFO      RBO
Closed  16  RBO      XF-LBI
  17  LBI      RFI
Outside  18  RBO      LFO
  19  XF-LBI      XB-RFI
  20a  RBO    LFO
Changing  20b        RFI-Ch
Open  21  LFO      LFO
  22  RFI-Ch      RFI-Ch
  23  LFO      LFO
  24  RFI-Pr      RFI-Pr
  25  LFO      LFO
  26  CR-RFO      CR-RFO
  27  CR-LFO      CR-LFO
  28  CR-RFO-SwR

RFI OpMo to LBI (between counts 4 & 1)


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Reproduced with permission of the International Skating Union

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