What is dance?

Ice dance is essentially ballroom dancing on ice. Ice Dance is a competitive stream of skating and is a category in the Winter Olympics. All skaters are expected to learn the pattern dances and test them. Testing the dances and other tests is how skaters move up to the next levels of skating: Intermediates and Seniors. Pattern dance is a set of steps that travels counter clockwise around the ice. Usually female skaters are partnered by a stronger male skater or coach and male skaters are partnered by a stronger female skater or coach. Due to the lack of male figure skaters in our area, female skaters are quite often partnered by their coach or another stronger female skater that takes on the role of the man. As of the 2015/16 skating season, skaters are permitted to test the dances solo. The dances that skaters will work on in Pre-Juniors and Juniors are the Dutch Waltz, the Canasta Tango, the Baby Blues, and sometimes the Fiesta Tango and the Swing. The Dutch Waltz, the Canasta, and the Baby Blues are all the Preliminary dances. Once these tests are passed, skaters will receive a badge from Skate Canada, much like the CanSkate badges, to indicate that they have passed this level of dance. For more info on the Pattern Dances, follow these links:

https://info.skatecanada.ca/hc/en-ca/articles/201239680-D-Dance-Tests

https://info.skatecanada.ca/hc/en-ca/sections/200549034-Pattern-Dance-Videos

https://info.skatecanada.ca/hc/en-ca/articles/202951464-Contemporary-Music-for-Pattern-Dances

https://info.skatecanada.ca/hc/en-ca/sections/200226710-Technical-Handbook