Terms used:

Event

The name given to a group of skaters entered in a category.  There may be one event per category or several events per category depending on the number of total entries.  Each event is independent of the other events within the category. 

Fall

Loss of control by a skater with the result that the majority of the skater's own body weight is on the ice being supported by any other part of the body other than the blades. e.g., hand(s), knee(s), back, buttock(s) or any part of the arm.

Grade of Execution

Interruption

The time elapsed between the moment a competitor stops performing the program until the moment the competitor resumes performing the program.

Interruptions

The time elapsed between the moment a competitor stops performing the program until the moment the competitor resumes performing the program.

Judge

An individual sixteen years of age or older who has been trained and appointed to officiate at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

Levels of Difficulty

Program Component

Referee

A referee of an event within a competition is an experienced judge who has received further training to conduct an event and monitor the performance of the panel of judges. Referees are qualified to referee or judge at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

Technical Controller

An individual sixteen years of age or older who is responsible for accurate technical panel process and authorizes, corrects, deletes and adds elements to the list of elements performed during an event. Technical controllers are qualified to act on panels at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

Technical Specialist

An individual sixteen years of age or older who identifies elements and levels of difficulty of elements in competition. The technical specialist will also identify falls and illegal elements. Technical specialists are qualified to act on panels at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

1. Age and Test Requirements for Competing

Pre-Juvenile Dance 

Must not have reached the age of 14 before July 1 preceding the event

Must have passed the complete STAR 5 Dance Test or higher

Juvenile Dance

Must not have reached the age of 16 before July 1 preceding the event

Pre-Novice Dance

Must not have reached the age of 18 before July 1 preceding the event

Novice Dance

ISU age criteria – maximum age limit only applies

Women must not have reached the age of 19 before July 1 preceding the event

Men must not have reached the age of 21 before July 1 preceding the event

Must have passed at least two pattern dances from the Gold Dance Test

Junior Dance

ISU age criteria – maximum age limit only applies

Women must not have reached the age of 19 before July 1 preceding the event

Men must not have reached the age of 21 before July 1 preceding the event

Must have passed the complete Gold Dance Test

Senior Dance

No age requirement

Must have passed the complete Gold Dance Test 

 


2. Technical Requirements (Pre-Juvenile to Novice)

 

Pattern Dance

Summer

Pattern Dance

Fall/Sectionals

Pattern Dance

Challenge

Pattern Dance

Canadians

Free Dance

All pattern dances are to be skated in the order listed and must be performed with the first sequence executed on the same side as the judges’ stand

In Free Dance, combined spins & lifts are permitted, but if performed will be counted as separate elements

Pre-Juvenile

Two pattern dances to be skated, drawn from Junior Bronze Dance; Section discretion

n/a

n/a

n/a

Juvenile

U16

1. Willow Waltz

3 Sequences

6 Sections

Steps 1-11 & 12-22

 

2. Keats Foxtrot

4 Sequences

4 Sections

1. Willow Waltz

3 Sequences

6 Sections

Steps 1-11 & 12-22

 

2. Keats Foxtrot

4 Sequences

4 Sections

n/a

n/a

Max 2 :00 ± 0.10

  • A maximum of one short lift (stationary, curve or straight line). Max. 7 sec.
  • A maximum of one dance spin (simple spin or combination type). Will be called to a maximum Level 2
  • A maximum of one set of synchronized twizzles
  • A maximum of one step sequence, Style A as outlined in ISU Communication 2076 (any shape, no required holds, may not be a ‘not touching’ step sequence). Stops, pattern retrogressions and loops are not permitted.  Other required elements may not be skated in the required step sequence.

Pre-Novice

U18

1. Harris Tango

2 Sequences

2 Sections

 

2. Starlight Waltz

2 Sequences

4 Sections:

Steps 1-17 & 18-32

1. Rocker Foxtrot

4 Sequences

4 Sections

 

2. Paso Doble

3 Sequences

3 Sections

1. Rocker Foxtrot

4 Sequences

4 Sections

 

2. Paso Doble

3 Sequences

3 Sections

n/a

Max 2:30 ± 0.10

  • A maximum of two different short lifts (stationary, curve, straight line or rotational). Max. 7 sec.
  • A maximum of one dance spin (simple spin type or combination type)
  • A maximum of one set of synchronized twizzles
  • A maximum of one step sequence, Style A as outlined in ISU Communication 2076 (any shape, no required holds, may not be a ‘not touching’ step sequence). Stops, pattern retrogressions and loops are not permitted.  Other required elements may not be skated in the required step sequence.

Novice

Women U19

Men U21

1. Cha Cha Congelado

2 Sequences

4 Sections

Steps 1-17 & 18-38

 

2. Argentine Tango

2 Sequences

4 Sections

Steps 1-18 & 19-31

 

Note: Key Points to be called to a Maximum Level 3

1. Cha Cha Congelado

2 Sequences

4 Sections

Steps 1-17 & 18-38

 

2. Argentine Tango

2 Sequences

4 Sections

Steps 1-18 & 19-31

 

Note: Key Points to be called to a Maximum Level 3

1. Cha Cha Congelado

2 Sequences

4 Sections

Steps 1-17 & 18-38

 

2. Argentine Tango

2 Sequences

4 Sections

Steps 1-18 & 19-31

 

Note: Key Points to be called to a Maximum Level 3

1. Cha Cha Congelado

2 Sequences

4 Sections

Steps 1-17 & 18-38

 

2. Argentine Tango

2 Sequences

4 Sections

Steps 1-18 & 19-31

 

Note: Key Points to be called to a Maximum Level 3

Max 3:00 ± 0.10

  • A maximum of two different short lifts (not to exceed 7 seconds) OR a maximum of one combination lift (not to exceed 12 seconds). The two types of short lifts forming the combination lift must be of a different type:
    • two Rotational Lifts: in different directions
    • two Curve Lifts on two different curves: forming a serpentine pattern
    • two different types of Short Lifts
  • A maximum of one dance spin (simple spin type or combination type)
  • A maximum of one set of synchronized twizzles
  • A maximum of two different step sequences: One Style A step sequence performed in hold; one Style B* not touching step sequence (*no pattern retrogression permitted).  The step sequences can be performed in any order.  One must be straight (midline, diagonal) and the other must be curved (circular, serpentine); however, serpentine is not permissible as a not touching step sequence. Characteristics of Levels Styles A and B can be found in ISU Communication 2076.
  • A maximum of one choreographic element: choice of choreographic lift or choreographic twizzling movement performed after the required element of the same type; or choreographic spinning movement performed anywhere in the program. 

 


3. Pattern Dances

3.1. General Information for Pattern Dances

All Pattern Dances must be performed with the first sequence executed on the same side as the judges’ stand.  If a Pattern Dance is started on the wrong side, the Referee will stop the couple and instruct them to restart the dance on the correct side. No deduction will be taken.

Introductory steps

  • Pre-Juvenile and Juvenile: Maximum of seven introductory steps.
  • Pre-Novice and Novice: Steps not to exceed the introductory phrasing of the music. 

Warm-up periods

  • Warm-up periods for Pattern Dances will have a maximum of five couples on the ice at the same time and will be four minutes in duration.

Music

  • For Pre-Novice and Novice, ISU Pattern Dance music (Strasser-Tauber version only) will be utilized. The five pieces of music will be played during the practice/event in numerical order. For the warm-up, there will be one minute without music. Then the last (sixth) tune of the dance shall be played for the remaining three minutes of the warm-up.
  • For Pre-Juvenile and Juvenile, Skate Canada Series 8 dance music will be utilized. During warm-up, there will be one minute without music, and then the tune for the dance shall be played for the remaining three minutes. The tune must be played a minimum of three times. During the event, the same tune of the dance will be played for all competitors.

Interruptions/Falls

  • An interrupted Pattern Dance shall be resumed at the nearest technically practicable point which must be after the point of interruption.
  • If a fall occurs during the introductory steps and/or concluding steps/movements, only the Technical Panel takes the appropriate deduction and judges may reflect the fall in their Program Component scores. If a fall occurs during the section of the dance, the Judges and Technical Panel take the appropriate deduction.
  • For Pattern Dances without Key Points, if a couple completes less than 75% of a Section due to a fall or interruption, the Technical Controller will invalidate the Section. If a Technical Controller is not available at non-qualifying events, the Referee may perform this function.
  • For Pattern Dances with Key Points, if a fall or interruption occurs at the entrance to or during a Pattern Dance element and the element is immediately resumed, the element shall be identified and given a Level according to the requirement met before and after the fall or interruption, or No Level if the requirements for Level 1 are not met.
  • If a couple has an interruption (through stumbles, falls etc.) of more than 4 beats, the Technical Specialist calls the Key Points as Performed (Yes, No, Timing), identifies it with the Pattern Dance Element Name and “Level 1” adding “downgraded”. It is reported on the Judges Details per Skater chart as “<<” to indicate an interruption of more than 4 beats.
  • If a couple completes less than 75% of the Pattern Dance Element, the Technical Specialist calls the Key Points as performed (Yes, No, Timing), identifies it with the Pattern Dance Element Name and “NO Level” adding “Attention”. It is reported on the Judge Details per Skater chart as “!” to indicate that less than 75% of the Pattern Dance Element has been completed. 

3.2. Marking of Pattern Dances

Grade of Execution

Every judge will mark the quality of execution of every Section of the Pattern Dance depending on the positive features and errors of the execution on the GOE scale +3 to -3.

Marking Guides for Grade of Execution and Adjustments to Grade of Execution for Pattern Dances

Refer to ISU Communication 2086 and the 2016 ISU Handbook for Officials-Pattern Dances.

*Note that the deduction "introductory steps are not finished with (too short) or exceed (too long) the introductory phrasing of the particular tune" does not apply to Pre-Juvenile and Juvenile or dances not skated to ISU music.

Marking Guides for Components and Adjustment to Components for Pattern Dances

See the 2016 ISU Handbook for Officials-Pattern Dances

Dance Patterns & Videos

  • Dance patterns (including location of the judges stand in relation to dance) will be available soon. Optional Pattern Dances are indicated on the dance patterns.
  • ISU videos and Pattern Dance guidelines will be available soon.

3.3. Calling Process for Technical Panel - Pattern Dances

Pattern Dances Without Key Points

The Technical Controller identifies Sequences/Sections of the Pattern Dance when 75% of the Sequence/Section is completed by both partners. The Technical Controller also identifies and calls falls. If a Technical Controller is not available at non-qualifying events, the Referee may perform this function.

Novice Pattern Dances Using Key Points

  • The 2017-2018 Key Points and Key Point Features for Sequences/Sections of Novice Pattern Dances chart is posted in this document below.
  • The Technical Panel determines the Level of every Section in the Pattern Dance Sections. Sections are divided into 4 Levels. Starting in the 2017-2018 season, Key Points will be called to a maximum of Level 3 at the Novice Level.
  • Correct or incorrect execution of Key Points is reported on the Judges Details per Skater chart as follows:
    - “Yes”: meaning all Key Points Features are met and all edges/steps are held for the required number of beats; or
    - “Timing”: meaning all Key Points Features are met but one or several edges/steps are not held for the required number of beats; or
    - “No”: meaning one or several Key Points Features are not met, whether or not edges/steps are held for the correct number of beats. 

3.4. Novice Pattern Dance - Key Points

Argentine Tango

Section 1:

Steps 1-18

Key Point 1

Lady & Man step 9 (XB-LFIO)

Key Point 2

Step 10 for Man (XB-RFI Ctr)

Key Point 3            

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

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

Key Point Features

1. Correct edges

2. Correct foot placement

3. Correct timing (1 + 2)

1. Correct edges 

2. Correct foot placement

3. Correct turn

1. Correct cross roll for both (step 13)

2. Correct edges

3. Correct turn for lady (step 13)

4. Correct turn for man (step 14

5. Correct timing for turns (steps 13 & 14)

Section 2:

Steps 19-31

Key Point 1

Ladystep 23 (LFO Sw –“Tw 1”)

Key Point 2

Man steps 23 (LFO Sw-OpCho/RBI)

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)

Key Point Features

1. Correct edge on LFO

2. Correct turn

3. Correct timing (between counts 4. & 1)

1. Correct edge on LFO

2. Correct turn

3. Correct timing on RBI (between counts 4. & 1)

1. Correct cross rolls for both

2. Correct edges for both

3. Correct timing of RFI for lady

(on “and” at end of count 4)

Cha Cha Congelado (As per ISU Communication 2076)

Section 1:

Steps # 1-17

Key Point 1

Lady & Man Steps 3 - 5 (Slip Steps)

Key Point 2

Lady Steps 13-17 (RFO, XB-LFI OpMo, RBI, LBO, RBO)

Key Point 3

Man Steps 13-14,17 (LFI, XB-RFO, LFO3)

Key Point Features

1. Correct slip steps

1. Correct Edges

2. Correct Turn (#14)

3. Correct placement of the free foot (#14)

1. Correct Edges

2. Correct Turn (#17)

Section 2:

Steps #18-38

Key Point 1

Lady Steps 23-25 (LFI Sw-ClMo, RBI, XF-LBO)

Key Point 2

Man Steps 23-25 (RFO Sw-ClMo, LBO, XF-RBI)

Key Point 3

Lady Steps 36-38 (LFI SwR, RFI OpMO, LBI, RBO) Man Steps 36-38 (LFI SwR, RFI, LFO)

Key Point Features

1. Correct Edges

2. Correct Turn (#23)

3. Correct placement of the free foot (#23)

1. Correct Edges

2. Correct Turn (#23)

3. Correct placement of the free foot (#23)

1. Correct Edges

2. Correct Turn (#37)

3. Correct placement of the free foot (#37)

Note 1: A change of edge within the last ½ beat of the step is permitted to prepare the push/transition to the next step. (Example: Lady Step #25 – Cha Cha)

Note 2: Starting in the 2017-2018 season, Key Points will be called to a maximum of Level 3 at the Novice Level.

4. Free Dance (Juvenile to Novice)

4.1. General Information for Free Dance

General

  • A Free Dance is the skating by a couple of a creative dance program blending dance steps and movements expressing the character and rhythm(s) of the dance music chosen.
  • The program, including required elements, must be skated in time and phase with the music.
  • The couple should skate primarily in time to the rhythmic beat and not to the melody alone.
  • The choreography should reflect the dance character, accents and nuances of the chosen dance music, demonstrating a close relationship between partners with obvious, distinct change of mood and pace with variation in speed and tempo.
  • The program must utilize the whole ice surface.
  • The Free Dance must not have the character of a pair or show program.
  • Deep edges and intricate footwork displaying skating skill, difficulty, variety and originality that constitute the distinct technical content of the dance must be included in the program and performed by both partners.
  • In the interest of the public, programs should be choreographed to all sides of the arena and not only focused to the judges’ side.
  • All changes of hold are permitted. Many and varied holds increase the difficulty of the program and therefore, should be included.  Skating face to face is considered to be more difficult than skating side by side, hand in hand, separately or one after the other.
  • The program must be developed through skating quality rather than through non-skating actions such as sliding on one knee, or use of toe steps, which should be used only to reflect the character of the dance and underlining rhythm and nuances of the chosen music.
  • Touching the ice with the hands is not permitted.
  • In the Free Dance, combined spins and lifts are permitted, but if performed will be counted as separate elements (i.e. one of the permitted lifts and one dance spin).

Warm-Up

  • Warm up periods for Free Dance are five minutes with a maximum of five couples on the ice.
  • Soft background dance music may be played.

Music

  • The music for free dance must be suitable for ice dance as a sport discipline and must have the following characteristics:
  • The music must have an audible rhythmic beat and melody, or audible rhythmic beat alone, but not melody alone, and may be vocal. The music may be without an audible rhythmic beat for up to 10 seconds at the beginning or end of the program and up to 10 seconds during the program.
  • The music may be vocal.
  • The music must have at least one change of tempo/rhythm and expression. There are cases where music will have very different rhythms with the same tempo. It is correct if the couple changes rhythm or tempo to show variation in their Free Dance. This change may be gradual or immediate, but it must be obvious.
  • All music including classical music must be cut/edited, orchestrated or arranged in a way that it creates an interesting, colourful, entertaining dance program with different dance moods or a building effect.
  • The music must be suitable for the couple's skating skills and technical ability.
  • The music must have an uplifting effect.
  • Free Dance music that does not adhere to these requirements will be penalized by a deduction taken by the judges and the referee.

Stops

  • After the clock is started with the first movement, the couple must not remain in one place for more than 10 seconds.
  • During the program, full stops (up to five seconds) in addition to stops required in Required Elements, in which the couple remains stationary on the ice while performing body movements, twisting, posing and the like are permitted.

Separations

  • The number of separations to execute transitional footwork or moves is not restricted.
  • At the beginning and/or end of the program a separation up to a maximum of 10 seconds is permitted and the distance between the partners is not restricted.
  • For the rest of the Free Dance:
    • The duration of each separation, outside of Required Elements requiring a separation, is a maximum of five seconds
    • The separations can be no more than two arms lengths apart.

Jumps

  • Maximum one revolution (one partner at a time).
  • Maximum one-half revolution (both partners may execute at same time).

Lifts

  • A brief movement in which both skates of one of the partners leave the ice with support by the other partner and the lifted partner is not sustained in the air shall not be considered as a Dance Lift. However, if the lifting partner moves through more than one rotation while the partner is off the ice, this will be considered a rotational lift. 

4.2. Marking of the Free Dance

Marking Guides for Grade of Execution for Required Elements and Adjustments to Grade of Execution for Free Dance

Note 1: the first sections re Pattern Dance Elements do not apply as they are for Senior and Junior Short Dance only.

Note 2: There are several additions to the Adjustments to Grades of Execution for 2017-2018.  These are shown in underlined text in the Adjustments to Grade of Execution Chart in ISU Communication 2086.

Not Permitted Elements

The Judges identify “Not Permitted Elements” and deduct accordingly.

Not Permitted Elements in Step Sequences and Partial Step Sequences

Stops, pattern retrogressions and loops must not be included or are restricted in Step Sequences and Partial Step Sequences.  They are identified as Not Permitted Elements as follows:

 

Step Sequence

Style A

Step Sequence

Style B

Step Sequence

Style B*

Stops **

Not permitted

Not permitted

PSt - Not permitted

NtSt - one permitted up to 5 seconds

Pattern Retrogressions

Not permitted

1 pattern retrogression of not more than 2 measures of music is permitted

PSt - Not permitted

NtSt - permitted during the stop

Loops

Not permitted

A narrow loop is an acceptable shape in the pattern retrogression

Not permitted

Separations

Not permitted except to change hold - no more than 2 arms lengths & must not exceed 1 measure of music (except Not Touching Midline, Diagonal or Circular Step Sequence)

Permitted for no more than 2 arm lengths and must not exceed 5 seconds

Not permitted (except Not Touching Midline, Diagonal or Circular Step Sequence)

** As per definitions in ISU Rule 704, Dance Spins and Pirouettes are stops.

Notes: Judges must reduce the GOE accordingly, if the pattern of the Step Sequence does not maintain the integrity or basic shape of the chosen pattern. For example:

  1. for a midline or diagonal step sequence - lobes should be equally balanced along the line of the pattern so as to not distort the basic shape and direction of the line from corner to corner (diagonal) or end of rink to end of the rink (midline).
  2. for a circle - the circular shape of the pattern should be recognizable and not be allowed to become a large oval running almost from end to end of the rink 8
  3. for a serpentine - the two or three bold curves should be balanced on either side of the midline axis of the rink so as to not distort the basic "S" shape of the pattern.

Who is responsible and how is the deduction taken?

Not Permitted Elements are the responsibility of the judges and are reflected in the GOE for the step sequence.  As per the Adjustments to Grade of Execution, the judge must reduce the GOE by 2 grades for the inclusion of each not permitted element.

Choreography Restrictions

See Appendix A

Choreographic Elements

Teams may include one of the following:

  1. Choreographic Dance Lift: dance lift of up to ten seconds, performed after the other required dance lifts.
  2. Choreographic Spinning Movement: spinning movement during which both partners perform at least two continuous rotations, identified anywhere in the program where it is first performed.
    • in any hold
    • on one or two feet or one partner being elevated without being sustained, or a combination of the three
    • on a common axis which may be moving
  3. Choreographic Twizzling Movement: twizzling movement performed after the required set of twizzles, composed of two parts. The following requirements apply:
    • for both parts: on one foot or two feet or a combination of both
    • for the first part: at least two continuous rotations performed simultaneously; both partners must travel (cannot be on the spot) (Partners must be separate)
    • for the second part: at least one of the partners must perform at least two continuous rotations and one or both partners can be on the spot or travelling or a combination of both. (Partners may be in hold)

Please note the inclusion of a new chart in ISU Communication 2086 p.22 for assigning the GOE for Choreographic elements.

  • The “Phrasing and Rhythm” are set requirements and if the Choreographic Element does not fulfill these criteria the GOE must be in minus.
  • If the element has no relation to the character of the choreography, this is also a set requirement and the GOE must be in minus.
  • Choreographic Elements are awarded a fixed base value and are evaluated by the judges in GOE only.

Choreographic Elements: Characteristics

 

-3

-2

-1

Base

+1

+2

+3

Phrasing AND/OR Rhythm

(set requirements)

Not on the phrase And/Or

Does not reflect beat, tempo, nuances of music, structure and emphasis in the music

Not on the phrase And /Or

Does not reflect beat, tempo, nuances of music, structure and emphasis in the music

Not on the phrase And /Or

Does not reflect beat, tempo, nuances of music, structure and emphasis in the music

Fits the phrase And/Or

Generally reflects beat, tempo, nuances of music, structure and emphasis in the music

Fits the phrase And/Or

Reflects beat, tempo, nuances of music, structure and emphasis in the music

Fits the phrase And/Or

Completely fits beat, tempo, nuances of music, structure and emphasis in the music

Fits the phrase And/Or

Seamlessly reflects beat, tempo, nuances of music, structure and emphasis in the music

Character

(set requirements)

No relation to character of choreography

No relation to character of choreography

No relation to character of choreography

Appropriate to character of choreography

Appropriate to character of choreography

Completely in character of choreography

Seamlessly in character of choreography

Originality

Ordinary

Ordinary

Ordinary

Ordinary

Original

Original, innovative. creative

Original, innovative, creative, memorable

Execution

Awkward, uncontrolled

Shaky, unstable

Labored, hesitant

Controlled, stable

Smooth, Sure

Fluid, confident

Effortless

Errors

Many

1 Major/several Minor

1 Minor

None

None

None

None

Illegal Elements/Movements

  • The Technical Panel identifies “Illegal Elements/Movements” and deducts accordingly.
  • If there is an illegal movement during the execution of any element, the deduction for an illegal element/movement will apply and the element will receive Level 1 if the requirements for at least Level 1 are fulfilled. Otherwise, the element will be called No Level.
  • Illegal movements and or poses in Lifts as per ISU Rule 704:
    1. lying or sitting on the partner’s head
    2. standing on the partner’s shoulder or back
    3. lifted partner in upside down split pose (with sustained angle between thighs more than 45 degrees);
    4. lifting partner swinging the lifted partner around;
      1. by holding the skate(s)/boot(s) or leg(s) only with fully extended arm(s) or without the assistance of hand(s)/arm(s), or
      2. by holding the hand(s) with full arm extension by both partners;
    5. point of contact of the lifting hand/arm of the lifting partner with any part of the body of the lifted partner higher than the lifting partner’s head;
    6. hand/arm which is used for support or balancing only or which touches any part of the body of the lifted partner is sustained by the lifting partner higher than his head for more than 2 seconds.
    7. A brief movement through poses 1. to 5. will be permitted if it is not established (sustained) or if it is used to change pose.

Other Illegal Elements/Movements

  • Jumps (or throw jumps) of more than one revolution or jumps of one revolution skated at the same time by both partners.
  • Lying on the ice.
  • Kneeling or sliding on two knees and/or sitting on the ice are not allowed and will be considered by the technical panel as a fall.
  • If one partner performs a jump of more than one revolution such as:
    • throw jump
    • exit from a lift taking off from the lifting partner
    • entry to a lift taking off towards the lifting partner
    • exit from a dance spin
      this will be considered as an Illegal Movement by the Technical Panel.

Calling Specifications and Levels of Difficulty

Calling specification for Levels of Difficulty for Required Elements are included in ISU Communication 2086 and in the 2016 ISU Handbook for Technical Panels Ice Dance.

Marking Guides for Program Components and Adjustments to Program Components for Free Dance

Refer to the 2016 ISU Handbook for Referees and Judges for Ice Dance.

5. Additional Information Applicable to Pattern and Free Dances

5.1. Call to Start and Late Start

  • Each couple must take the starting position no later than 30 seconds after they are called to the start. If this time has expired and the couple has not yet taken the starting position, the Referee will apply a deduction (deducted from the final score). The first couple to skate after the warm-up no longer has an additional 30 seconds to take their starting position.
  • If the couple has not taken their starting position after sixty seconds from being called to start, they will be considered as withdrawn.

5.2. Costume

  • Clothing of the competitors must be modest, dignified and appropriate for athletic competition – not garish or theatrical in design. Clothing however may reflect the character of the music chosen.
  • The clothing must not give the effect of excessive nudity inappropriate for the discipline. Men must wear full-length trousers and must not wear tights. In addition, in ice dance women must wear a skirt. Accessories and props are not permitted.
  • Clothing restrictions are further clarified as follows:
    • Lady’s skirt: must go around the entire waist. However, there may be slits in the skirt on one or both sides up to the waist.
    • Excessive nudity of lady and man: the majority of the upper body must be covered. For this season, the costume for the Short Dance must be dignified and cover at least 40% of the lady's upper body.
    • Appropriateness for athletic competition: costumes of either partner must not have so much material or decorations that the bodyline of the skater cannot be seen.
    • Accessories and props: this includes part of the costume used as a support in a dance lift.
    • No part of the costume may be used as any support in a lift: The costume/prop deduction will apply if the costume is supporting the lift (applied by referee and/or judges). The technical panel will assess the level regardless of the costume being used as a support.

5.3. Falls

A fall is defined as loss of control by a skater with the result that the majority of his/her own body weight is on the ice supported by any other part of the body other than the blades e.g. hand(s), knee(s), back, buttock(s) or any part of the arm.

5.4. Interruption in Performing the Program

Skate Canada defines an interruption as a skater/team showing no attempt to perform for a continuous period of at least 11 seconds. In Novice and lower categories, a factor will be applied to the interruption deduction.

5.5. Deductions

See article Scoring of Skate Canada Competitions

6. Appendix A

6.1. Choreographic Deductions

What are they?

A choreographic deduction occurs when a team violates any of the choreography restrictions outlined by the ISU and Skate Canada for the current season. These restrictions apply to Juvenile – Senior Ice dancing events in Canada.

There are four (4) general categories of choreographic violations:

  1. Pattern
  2. Separations
  3. Stops
  4. Touching the ice purposefully

Who is responsible & how does it work?

Choreographic deductions are determined by the judges and referee. If the majority of the judging panel, including the referee, indicates a restriction has been violated, the team will receive a deduction.

How is it taken?

Judges and the referee indicate a choreographic violation by clicking on the “Panel Violations” button and then clicking “yes” next to the appropriate box. If judging by paper, the violation is indicated on the bottom right of the judging sheet.  This violation may only be taken once per program.

Type of Violation

When do you take them in the Short Dance?

When do you take them in the Free Dance?

Pattern

Dance not skated in a constant direction

Dance crosses Long Axis at greater than 20m near the short barrier*

Loops cross the Long Axis

N/A

*Note: If a couple crosses the long axis in a Pattern Dance, or Pattern Dance element in Short Dance, the judge will reflect it under the criteria “correct Pattern” of the Characteristics of Grade of Execution. In a Short Dance, this may also violate the Pattern requirements (the pattern must not cross the Long Axis except once at each end of the rink, within no more than 20 metres from the barrier).  However, a double deduction is not required and judges will not apply the deduction for violation of choreography restrictions. 

Type of Violation

When do you take them in the Short Dance?

When do you take them in the Free Dance?

Separations

Change of hold lasts more than 1 measure of music

Skaters are more than 2 arm lengths apart at any point**

Couple performs a separationthat is no longer than necessary to prepare, or conclude, the NtStq or STw.

For more detail see p. 45 in the ISU Handbook for Referees and Judges for Ice Dance

**Up to 10 seconds at beginning/end of program without distance restriction is permitted

Skaters are more than 2 arm lengths apart

Skaters are separated for more than 5 seconds

Skaters are separated for more than 10 seconds at the beginning/end of program.

Stops

Skaters remain in one place for more than 10 seconds at start of program

Skaters perform a full stop for more than 10 seconds or perform two stops, where one or both are for more than 5 seconds.

 

In the NtSTq, the skaters perform a stop of greater than 5 seconds or include more than the one permitted stop.

For more details, see p.9 in the ISU Handbook for Referees and Judges for Ice Dance

Skaters remain in one place for more than 10 seconds at start of program

Skaters stop for more than 5 seconds

Touching Ice

Purposefully touches the ice as part of the choreography.

Purposefully touches the ice as part of the choreography.