Breaking Down the Elements: Ice Dance Spins Levels of Difficulty

Because the requirements for calling levels in Ice Dance are so intricate, I have broken up the Level requirements into separate posts for ease of reading.  This post deals with Spin Levels, the next post will deal with lifts and the final post will cover twizzles and step sequences.

DANCE SPINS
Basic Positions in Dance Spins:
1. Upright Position: performed on one foot with skating leg straight or slightly bent and upper body upright (on a nearly vertical axis), arched back or bent to the side. (If the angle between the thigh and shin of the skating leg is less than about 120 degrees, it will be considered as Sit Position.)
2. Sit Position: performed on one foot with skating leg bent in a one-legged crouch position and free leg forward, to the side or back. (If the angle between the thigh and shin of the skating leg is more than about 120 degrees, it will be considered as an Upright or Camel Position depending on the other criteria that characterize these Positions.)
3. Camel Position: performed on one foot with skating leg straight or slightly bent and body bent forward so that the waist line is horizontal and the core of the body is less than 45 degrees above the horizontal line (if it is more, the position will be considered as Upright) and free leg extended or bent upward on horizontal line or higher. If the angle between the thigh and shin of the skating leg is less than about 120 degrees, it will be considered as Sit Position.

Examples of Difficult Variation of Basic Positions:
i) for Upright Position:

a) “Biellmann” type – body upright pulling the boot by the hand above and behind the level of the head (the heel of the boot pulled by the hand above the level of the head);

b) Full layback with upper body arched back towards the ice or sideways with upper body bent to the side towards the ice*;
c) Split with both legs straight and the boot/skate of the free leg held up higher than the head (may be supported by partner);
d) Upper body arched back or sideways with free foot almost touching the head in a full circle (doughnut/ring)*.
Note: A simple upright spin by one or both is not considered to be a difficult pose.
ii) for Sit Position:
a) Full Sit Position (free leg bent or straight) with free leg directed forward with thigh of skating leg at least parallel to the ice;

b) Full Sit Position (free leg bent or straight) with free leg directed backward with thigh of skating leg at least parallel to the ice;
c) Full Sit Position (free leg bent or straight) with free leg directed to the side with not more than 90 degrees between thigh and shin of skating leg;
d) Full Sit Position (free leg crossed extended behind, and directed to the side) not more than 90 degrees between thigh and shin of skating leg;
e) Full Sit Position (free leg crossed behind and touching the skating leg) with thigh of skating leg at least parallel to the ice;
f) Full Sit Position with free leg directed forward with not more than 90 degrees between thigh and shin of skating leg and back of upper body parallel to the ice.
Note: A simple sit spin by one or both is not considered to be a difficult position.

iii) for Camel Position:
a) Camel Spin with upper body (shoulder and head) turned upwards – facing up so that the line of the shoulders is at least 45 degrees past the vertical point;

b) Camel Spin with body nearly horizontal or bent sideways horizontally with head and free foot almost touching (doughnut/ring) *;
c) Camel Spin with body nearly horizontal with the heel of the boot pulled by the hand above the level of the head;
d) Camel Spin with body bent forward to the spinning leg and free leg extended backward and upward up to almost a full split (with the angle between thighs about 180 degrees);
e) Simple Camel by the man with the free leg on horizontal line or higher.
Note : Simple Camel by the lady is not considered to be a difficult position.

*Maximum a half a blade length between head and blade
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