Note #1 for posterity: The last compulsory dance skated at a senior ISU Championship was the Golden Waltz. Italy’s Federica Faiella & Massimo Scali were the final skaters to take the ice to perform the Golden.

Note #2 for posterity: The last compulsory dance skated at a junior ISU Championship was the Westminster Waltz. Russia’s Ekaterina Pushkash & Jonathan Guerreiro were the final skaters to take the ice to perform the Westminster (or Westmonster, as it is often called).

R.I.P compulsory dances, at least for the juniors and seniors anyway. The final nail in the coffin will take place in Barcelona in June when the ISU finalizes its plans to reduce the number of competitive phases for ice dancing from three to two. The compulsory and original dance phases will be melded into a new “short dance.” For the novice level and below, it appears that the compulsory dances will now be known as “pattern dances.”

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