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Technical Communication #1 - STARSkate and CompetitiveSkate - Use of Vocal Music with Lyrics (February 1, 2016)

(as of February 1, 2016)

Effective March 1, 2016

The Skate Canada Board of Directors has approved the use of vocal music with lyrics for all levels of STARSkate and CompetitiveSkate in all disciplines, effective March 1, 2016.

After March 1, 2016, there will no longer be a deduction applied for the use of vocal music with lyrics in any test or competition setting.

Documents on the Info Centre referencing the restriction of using vocal music with lyrics will be updated over the coming months.


Rationale: Disciplines such as Dance, Interpretive and Synchronized skating have been permitted to use vocal music with lyrics for years. Junior & Senior levels of Singles & Pairs have been permitted vocal music with lyrics since the start of the 2014-15 season. Given the success and positive reaction to the use of vocal music with lyrics in these areas, it was felt that all Skate Canada members should have the option to skate to vocal music with lyrics if they so choose.

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