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SEASON: 2019-2020  

SENIOR

Rhythms:  Musical, Operetta, Broadway

The Pattern Dance Type Step Sequence skated to one of the following Rhythms: Quickstep, Blues, March, Polka or Foxtrot.

Additional information to be published in a subsequent ISU Communication.

JUNIOR

Rhythms:  Musical, Operetta, Broadway

The Pattern Dance Elements, Tea Time Foxtrot, must be skated on the Foxtrot Rhythm, in the style of the Foxtrot.  The Tempo of the music throughout the Pattern Dance Element must be constant and in accordance with the required Tempo of the Pattern Dance: 27 four-beat measures per minute plus or minus 2 beats per minute. 

Additional information to be published in a subsequent ISU Communication.

SEASON: 2018-2019  For more information, review ISU Communication #2179.

SENIOR

Rhythm/Music: Tango or Tango plus one additional rhythm.

REQUIRED ELEMENTS

Pattern Dance Element:  Two (2) Sections of Tango Romantica, skated one after the other, Section 1 (steps # 1-27), Section 2 (steps#28-49). Section 1 followed by Section 2 with Step #1 skated on the Judges’ left side. See ISU Communication #2148 for key points.  The pattern must cross Long Axis of the ice surface once at each end of the rink within no more than 30 meters (Short Axis) of the barrier. May cross Long Axis once at the entry and/ or exit to the Step Sequence and/or once at the entry to Pattern Dance Element.  

Timing:  The Pattern Dance Elements must be skated in strict time to the music. The first step of the dance begins on the fourth beat of the measure and the Helicopter starts on beat one of a musical phrase. The PDE must be skated to the Tango rhythm in the style of the chosen rhythm, with the range of tempo: 28 measures of 4 beats per minute or 110-114 beats per minute. The tempo of the music throughout the Pattern Dance Element must be constant.

Lifts:  One (1) Short Lift which is a maximum of 7 seconds. 

Step Sequences:  One (1) Step Sequence in Hold or Not Touching or Combination of both (Style B) chosen from the following types of pattern: Midline, Diagonal, Circular.  

Specifications to Style B Rhythm Dance for 2018-19 season: One stop permitted up to 5 seconds. One retrogression up to two measures is permitted and may start from the permitted Stop. Loops NOT permitted. The hold requirement is not considered for level. Dance spins and pirouettes are stops.

Twizzles:  One (1) Combination Set of Sequential Twizzles At least two twizzles for each partner with up to one step maximum between twizzles. May be skated anywhere in the program except in the required Step Sequence.

The description, chart and diagrams of the Pattern Dances are included in the ISU Handbook Ice Dance 2003.  

JUNIOR

Rhythms/music: Tango or Tango plus one additional rhythm.

REQUIRED ELEMENTS

Pattern Dance Element:  Two (2) Sections of Argentine Tango, skated one after the other, Section 1 (steps # 1-18), Section 2 (steps#19-31).

  • Option 1: Section 1 followed by Section 2 with Step #1 skated on the Judges’ left side.
  • Option 2: Section 2 followed by Section 1 with Step #19 skated on the judges’ right side.  

See ISU Communication #2148 for key points.  The pattern must cross Long Axis of the ice surface once at each end of the rink within no more than 30 meters (Short Axis) of the barrier.  May cross Long Axis once at the entry and/ or exit to the Step Sequence and/or once at the entry to Pattern Dance Element.

Timing:  The Pattern Dance Elements (PDE) must be skated in strict time to the music. The first step of the dance begins on beat one of a musical phrase. The PDE must be skated to the Tango rhythm in the style of the chosen rhythm, with the range of tempo: 24 measures of 4 beats per minute or 94-98 beats per minute. The tempo of the music throughout the Pattern Dance Element must be constant.

Lifts:  One (1) Short Lift which is a maximum of 7 seconds. 

Step Sequences: One (1) Step Sequence in Hold or Not Touching or Combination of both (Style B) chosen from the following types of pattern: Midline, Diagonal, Circular. 

Specifications to Style B Rhythm Dance for 2018-19 season: One stop permitted up to 5 seconds. One retrogression up to two measures is permitted and may start from the permitted Stop. Loops NOT permitted. The hold requirement is not considered for level. Dance spins and pirouettes are stops.

Twizzles:  One (1) Combination Set of Sequential Twizzles. At least two twizzles for each partner with up to one step maximum between twizzles. May be skated anywhere in the program except in the required Step Sequence.

The description, chart and diagrams of the Pattern Dances are included in the ISU Handbook Ice Dance 2003.