Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Compulsory Dance and Original Dance May Merge

The 2008 International Skating Union Congress will consider a proposal that concerns the format of ice dancing events. In the proposal, the compulsory dance and original dance portions of ice dance events will be replaced by a "combination" dance. The combination dance will be up to 2 minutes 50 seconds long, with a specified rhythm. The first part of the combination ice dance will consist of a set pattern dance for about one minute and then choreography of the skaters' choice for the rest of the time. Three required moves will be done during the creative part of the dance.
If this proposal passes, it looks like compulsory ice dancing may eventually fade away. This new idea may be a good one, but I will miss seeing ice dancers do traditional compulsory ice dances.

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