Breaking Down the Elements: Free Dance

The Free Dance consists of elements in 4 categories completed in 4:00 +/- 10 seconds.

Lifts

  • There is a choice for the required lifts: 2 short lifts and 1 long lift (each short lift must be a different type) OR 4 short lifts (only one type of short lift may be repeated).
  • Long lifts are a maximum of 12 seconds and short lifts are a maximum or 6 seconds
  • Note: 1 Transitional Dance Lift (up to 6 seconds) but no more, performed optionally after the required Dance Lifts is permitted.  If a second Transitional Dance Lift is executed, it will be considered by the Technical Panel as an extra element.  The Transitional Dance Lift is to be considered by the Judges in the choreography component.
  • No part of the costume may be used as any support in a lift which is considered for level. If this occurs the lift will get a level according to calling specifications and a 1 point deduction by the referee and judging panel will be applied.
  • A chosen type of creative/difficult entry must be different for each lift to be considered for level.

Dance Spins

  • 1
  • Spin is a minimum of 3 revolutions on 1 foot by both partners OR a combination apin with a minimum of 3 revolutions on each foot by both partners
  • One Transitional Dance Spin, but no more, performed optionally after the required Dance Spin is permitted.  If a second Transitional Dance Spin is executed, it will be considered by the Technical Panel as an extra element.  The Transitional Dance Spin is to be considered by the Judges in the Choreography component.  

 Step Sequences

  • Maximum of 2
  • 1 selected from Group A (midline or diagonal) and 1 selected from Group B (circular or serpentine)
  • Both to be skated in dance holds or variations thereof except hand-in-hand hold in sustained position with fully extended arms.  Any separation to change a hold must not exceed 1 measure of music.
  • Lifts, jumps of more than 1/2 rotation, stops, dance spins, pirouettes, pattern regression and loops are not to be included in step sequences.

 Twizzles

  • 1 set of synchronized twizzles
  • May be skated anywhere in the program except in the required Step Sequences.
  • Additional Set(s) of Synchronized Twizzles may be performed, but only the first set performed will be identified for level.  Additional elements not identified by the Technical Panel will be considered by the Judges in the choreography component if elements reflect character of the music/dance.

Additional Information

  • Combined dance spin and lift are permitted but are to be counted as separate elements: i.e. as 1 of the permitted lifts and 1 dance spin.
  • Kneeling or sliding on 2 knees and/or sitting on the ice are not permitted.  It will be considered as a fall and the appropraite deduction will be applied by the Technical Panel.
  • Other illegal elements
    • Jumps of more than one revolution or jumps of one revolution skated at the same time by both partners
    • Lying on the ice
    • Touching the ice with hand(s)