Hi! I'm the anon who asked about pattern dances and step sequences at @soyouwanttowatchfs! Thanks for assisting! If I may, I'd like to ask a followup quetion. How do you know when the pattern ends and the step sequence begins? Thanks so much!
For that you kind of need to know what the pattern is, so basically each Compulsory Dance (Pattern) is predetermined but each season they are assigned, they may specify that the teams have to do the entire pattern dance or they will specify specifically which steps of the pattern they want performed and which specific steps will make up the key points.
Last season was Midnight Blues, the technical handbook specified steps #5-14:
The reason why they specified Step #5 must start on the opposite of the judges side is because in the entire Midnight Blues Patterns, step #5 occurs in front of the judges.
Now they say this in the requirements for the 2016-17 Short Dance:
So the Partial Step Sequence must start right after the specified pattern, easy right? If you look at ice dance protocols you will see this pattern where 1MB is always followed by PSt.
Now we need to know where the pattern ends, which you can see here (taken from the ladies pattern):
I X’d out step 15 because it’s not important, You can see step 5 on the opposite side which is supposed to start across from the judges so the pattern ends in front of the judges. That way you can deduce when the Pattern Dance ends and when the Partial Step Sequence begins.
Pattern dances take a lot of watching to “get” (in my opinion) so we’re just going to look at the last step of the Midnight Blues (Steps #13-14):
Now take a look at Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (special thank you to tumblr for stretching out my gif to make it so heinous-looking):
See how Step #14 ends right in front of the judges. Now the Pattern dances ends and they move onto the Partial Step Sequence, Tessa and Scott are then immediately in hold with each other for the PSt because if you lose contact at any point, you drop a level. Btw, Tess and Scott actually do a some choreography in hold before beginning the actual “skating” requirements of their Partial Step Sequence but the Partial Step Sequence is pretty convoluted and long to explain anyway so I’m gonna end this here.
Now you can go look at other teams this past season (2016-17) and see where the partial step sequence starts. Hope this was helpful anon.