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Ice Dance Elements presented by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir | Dance Lifts

insp. by @eggplantgifs​ and feat. special guest appearance by Marie France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon

Lifts are essential elements in any Ice Dance program. They are used to enhance the character, music and choreography of the dance. They are graded on a level scale and awarded Grades of Execution (GOEs). Levels are awarded based on difficultly in the form of difficult positions, change of positions, entry and exit features, and number of rotations. Unlike pairs lifts, in Ice Dance the lifted partner cannot be supported over the head of the lifter so the lifts are identified by the position of the lifter and are split into two categories:

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Ice Dance Medal Ceremony by Danielle Earl Photography
Via Flickr:
Copyright Danielle Earl/Golden Skate


Ice Dance Medal Ceremony by Danielle Earl Photography
Via Flickr:
Copyright Danielle Earl/Golden Skate

anonymous asked:

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.

anonymous asked:

Hi, love your post about the YOI fandom history! I disagree about the part saying the exhibition duet being based on Ice Dancing rather than Pairs though -- while the routine is probably a mishmash of both, it seems closer to Pairs rather than Ice Dance. 2 very important distinctions: "In ice dancing, dancers must always skate to music with a definite beat or rhythm" and "jumps are disallowed". Pairs is also closer in style to singles, rather than Ice Dance that is closer to ballroom dancing.

No. It’s Ice Dance.

I’ve touched on this briefly in past posts, and I’ve explained it enough to be sick of the repetition, so I’ll just do a full post here and be done with it.

Yuuri starts the EX program doing the Singles version of Stammi Vicino (Victor’s “Aria” program from the prior season) which is why we see jumps. However, when Victor comes onto the ice, the routine switches to Ice Dance choreography weaved between the existing step sequence/choreo sequence of Aria. Literally the arguments you used are what make this EX an Ice Dance routine instead of Pairs. For reference, here’s the referee&judges handbook, and the technical panel handbook. Let me write out the basic distinctions:

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anonymous asked:

I love watching ice dance, but I don't know anything at all about the rules and scoring like I do with singles (or even pairs which I don't like, but can imagine has similarities to singles). What is it about Virtue/Moir that makes them so unbeatable? Are they just more skilled, or their programs more difficult? What are their strengths that put them above most teams right now?

Thanks to @drag0ness for helping out with this question!

Ice dance is very much about the details; these are some of the things a beginner watcher should look out for while watching ice dance:

  • Speed and skating skills, deep edges
  • Matching leg lines, general synchronization
  • Skating close together - harder choreography has the skaters in more closed holds, where the partners are together
  • Synchronization in twizzles, not just in rotation but also ice coverage; speed
  • Posture
  • Effortless transition between lift positions, etc.

Virtue/Moir are very fast, polished, skate close together, are well-synchronized with great leg lines, and they are also evenly matched in skill level; in some teams there’s more of a skill imbalance. Their skating has a general sense of effortlessness and they execute elements with a high level of quality. They are not unbeatable; they can make mistakes like anyone else, but they are definitely a very, very strong team.