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Section A - Official Regulations - 115 Marking of the Pattern Dances

  1. Technical Score
    1. Scale of Values
      A table with the scale of values of the sections of the pattern dances is published in a communication. This scale of values (SOV) contains base values of all the sections of each pattern dance and adjustments for the correctness and quality of their execution; the base values are measured in points and increase with the increasing difficulty of the sections in the pattern dance, which is determined by the difficulty of steps and movements included in the section.
    2. Grade of Execution (GOE)
      Every judge will mark the accuracy of skating and placement of every section of the pattern dance and quality of edges and quality of execution of steps, turns and movements of this section depending on the positive features of the execution (e.g. correctness, depth and quality of edges, cleanness and sureness) and errors on the seven grades of execution scale: +3, +2, +1, Base Value, -1, -2, -3. Each + or - grade has its own + or - numerical value indicated in the SOV Table. This value is added to the base value of the section or deducted from it; the guidelines for marking are published and updated in Skate Canada and ISU Communications.
    3. Scale of Value Tables
      The scale of values of the pattern dances may be updated and will be published in Skate Canada and ISU Communications.
  2. Program Component Score
    1. Definition of Program Components
      In addition to the technical score each of the judges will evaluate the skater's whole performance which is divided into four (4) components in the pattern dances (skating skills, performance/execution, interpretation, timing).
      1. SKATING SKILLS
        The method used by the couple to perform dance steps and movements over the ice surface and the efficiency of their movement in relation to speed, flow and ice coverage

        Criteria:
        • Overall skating quality
        • Flow & glide
        • Speed and power
        • Balance of technique and skating ability of partners
        • Ice coverage
      2. PERFORMANCE/EXECUTION
        The ability of the partners to demonstrate unison, body alignment, carriage, style and balance of performance while executing pattern dances in order to exhibit a pleasing appearance through coordinated movement, body awareness and projection

        Criteria:
        • Unison and body alignment
        • Distance between partners
        • Carriage and Style
        • Balance in performance between partners
      3. INTERPRETATION
        The ability of the couple to express the mood, emotions, and character of the pattern dance rhythm by using the body moves, steps and holds of the dance to reflect the structure and character of the music

        Criteria:
        • Expression of the character of the rhythm
        • Relationship between partners reflecting the nature of the dance
      4. TIMING
        The ability of the couple to skate strictly in time with the music and to reflect the rhythm patterns and prescribed beat values of a pattern dance correctly

        Criteria:
        • Skating in time with the music
        • Skating on the strong beat
        • Skating the prescribed beat values for each step
        • Introductory steps
    2. Marking of Components
      Components are evaluated by judges after the completion of the dance on a scale from 0.25 to 10 with increments of 0.25. Points given by the judges correspond to the following degrees of the components: <1- extremely poor, 1 very poor, 2 - poor, 3 -weak, 4 - fair, 5 - average, 6 - above average, 7 - good, 8 - very good, 9 superior, 9-10 - outstanding. Increments are used for evaluation of performances containing some features of one degree and some of the next degree. Guidelines for judging are published and updated in Skate Canada and ISU Communications.
    3. Deductions
      Deductions are applied for each violation according to the regulations (see Regulation 110 – Determination and Publication of Results).
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