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Forward Entry Spins

These spins generally enter with a forward outside spiraling edge on the opposite foot the skater lands on. The spin is initiated by a forward outside three-turn creating a backward inside spinning edge.

Foxtrot Hold

The hand and arm positions are similar to those of the Closed or Waltz Hold. The partners simply turn slightly away from each other so that they both skate in the same direction.

Free Skating Program

A program of a specified length, skated to music of the skater’s choice. The skater is free to choose the number and the type of elements to be included, subject to the requirements outlined in the requirements for individual assessments/tests and competitions.

Good Standing

A person who has paid all dues outstanding to Skate Canada, a Club, or a Skating School (as applicable) and who the Board has not declared not to be in good standing and in the case of Members, a Member whose Membership has not been terminated pursuant to Article 3 hereof [of the bylaws].

Hand-in-hand Hold

Facing in same direction – The partners face in the same direction and are skating side by side or one behind the other with their arms extended and their hands clasped. A variation of this is the arm-in-arm side by side hold.

Facing in opposite directions – The partners usually face each other while one skates backward and the other skates forward with the arms extended to the side but sometimes the hold can be skated back to back (e.g. steps 22-25 in the Cha Cha Congelado).

High Kilian Hold

A Kilian Hold in which one pair of the joined hands are elevated to slightly above shoulder height with the elbows slightly bent (e.g. steps 3-12 in the Yankee Polka).


A term used in synchronized skating when one skater performs a movement that is away from and in contrast with the rest of the team.

Honorary Associate

A person who has rendered long, meritorious and valuable service to Skate Canada and to whom the Members have recognized as an honorary associate and extended certain privileges pursuant to Skate Canada policies, and who is not a Member.


A small jump without revolution.

Ina Bauer

A two-footed movement in which the skater travels along the ice with one foot on a forward edge/tracing and the other on a matching backward edge on a different but parallel edge/tracing.

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