Breaking Down the Elements: Ice Dance Lifts Levels of Difficulty

LIFTS

Definition and Requirements: (must be in accordance with Rule 604, paragraph 16) Dance Lift (definition) – A movement in which one of the partners is elevated with active and or passive assistance of the other partner to any permitted height, sustained there and set down on the ice. Any rotations and positions and changes of such positions during the lift are permitted. Lifts should enhance the music chosen and express its character and should be performed in an elegant manner without obvious feats of strength and awkward and/or undignified actions and poses.
Short Lift – duration of following lifts up to maximum of 6 seconds:
a) Stationary Lift – A lift which is executed “on the spot” (stationary location) by the lifting partner who may or may not be rotating.

b) Straight Line Lift A lift in which the lifting partner travels in a straight line in any position on one foot or two feet.

c) Curve Lift  A lift in which the lifting partner travels on one curve (lobe) in any position on one foot or two feet.

d) Rotational Lift A lift in which the lifting partner rotates in one (clockwise or anti-clockwise) direction while traveling across the ice.

Long Lift – duration of following lifts up to maximum of 12 seconds:
e) Reverse Rotational Lift A lift in which the lifting partner rotates in one direction (clockwise or anti-clockwise) and then in the other direction while traveling across the ice.

f) Serpentine Lift A lift in which the lifting partner travels on two different curves of approximately similar curvature and duration. The change of direction of the pattern may incorporate a turn of not more than ½ rotation. The pattern must be serpentine shaped (“S”). After the completion of the 2 curves the couple may skate additional curves or rotate but this will not be counted.

g) Combination Lift A lift combining two of the above “types” of lifts a), b), c) and d). It must have 2 fully established approximately equal parts or will be assessed as a single lift determined by the larger part. A further part may be added to the combo (such as a curve, or rotation) provided it is within the allowable time but will not be counted.

There is a choice for required lifts:
SENIOR: either 2 Short Lifts and 1 Long Lift or 4 Short Lifts.

JUNIOR: either 1 Short Lift and 1 Long Lift or 3 Short Lifts