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Set Pattern Dance

A dance for which the location, direction and curvature of all edges to be skated are designated in the applicable pattern dance diagram. This diagram must be followed as closely as possible. 

Shadow Dance

The term used when a skater skates the full pattern of the dance with another skater, coach or program assistant using a “shadow” formation. The partners face in the same direction and are skating side by side with no more than one arm’s length distance between them.

Short Axis

A straight line that divides the ice surface into two halves crosswise (midline). On an ice surface that is 100’ x 85’, the short axis runs the width of the 85’ side through the middle of the ice.

Short Lift

A dance lift which does not exceed seven seconds in duration.

Sit Position

Singles and Pairs: A basic spin position with the upper part of the skating leg at least parallel to the ice.

Ice Dance: A basic spin position performed on one foot with skating leg bent in a one-legged crouch position and free leg forward, to the side or back.

Sit Spin

A spin in which the skater remains in a sit position while rotating.  The supporting leg must be bent at least to a ninety-degree angle.  The thigh of the skating foot must be parallel to the ice surface.

Skate Canada Challenge

A championship that qualifies athletes toward and including, but not limited to, the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

Skate Canada Coach

A skating expert with the required National Coaching Certification Program qualifications to provide a remunerated service at Skate Canada sanctioned clubs and skating schools, both on- and off-ice. These individuals shall have registered, provided full payment and have met all coach registration requirements as set annually by Skate Canada.

Skating Direction

Skating direction refers to skating either forwards or backwards (e.g. forward spirals and backward spirals).

Skating School

An organization other than a Club that is operating for the general purpose of providing Skate Canada skating programs.

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