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2015-2016 Technical Clarification #9 – Argentine Tango – Key Point 3 (October 13, 2015)

This clarification has either been developed by Skate Canada or received from the ISU Technical Committees and/or Sports Directorate.  Any further official clarifications provided by the ISU after the date of this communication will take precedence and will be communicated via this website.

This season’s Program Requirements documents contain additional information. Please consult this document, the ISU website’s Questions and Answers and Technical Panel Handbooks and the clarifications below. If you still require clarification, please submit a Clarification Request.


Key Point 3 of each section of the Argentine Tango requires that the steps are executed as cross rolls and that the cross rolls are executed outside edge to outside edge.  Technical Panels must assess these as one unit with two requirements that must be fulfilled, not as an either/or with only one of the criteria being fulfilled.


Section 1 Key Point 3           

Lady Steps 13 & 14 (CR-RFO3, LBO)

Man Steps 13 & 14 (CR-LB0, RFO3)


Section 2 Key Point 3

Lady steps 27 – 31 & RFI: (CR-LBO, CR-RBO, CR-LBO, CR-RBO, CR–LBO-SwR/RFI)

Man steps 27 -31: (CR-RFO, CR-LFO, CR-RFO, CR-LFO, CR RFO-SwR)


Correct edges and correct cross rolls are both required to achieve the Key Points. 

Correct edge executed with a crossed step and/or no ‘rolling movement’ will be called as ‘NO’.

Correct cross roll executed by stepping onto an incorrect edge (flat or inside edge) will be called as ‘NO’



Cross-roll:  A roll started with the action of the free foot approaching the skating foot from the side so as to strike the ice almost at right angles to the skating foot, started with the feet crossed in front or backward with the feet crossed behind.  The impetus is gained from the outside edge of the skating foot as it becomes the new skating foot.  In this case, the change of lean to the curve in the opposite direction creates a “rolling movement”.

Crossed-step in front/behind:  A step in which the free foot is placed on the ice on the outer edge side of the skating foot with the free leg tightly crossed in front of /behind the skating leg (note – the legs cross below the knees).

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