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Ice Dancers Rebekah and Joel Schneider-Farris
Pair Skaters Rebekah and Joel Schneider-Farris Ice dancing and pair skating can look very similar to figure skating fans, but the two ice skating disciplines are very different. Spins and footwork are done together in both disciplines. Dance lifts are different than pair skating lifts because the man does not hold the lady high above his head.

Ice dancers must master compulsory ice dances. The compulsory dance phase of most ice dance events is rarely shown on television. In the compulsory dance portion of an ice dance competition, each ice dance team skates the same steps to the same rhythms. There are no lifts or spins. The skaters just dance. Also, the music ice dancers use in their free dance programs can be vocal. In pair skating, the competitors must skate to instrumental music.

Doing compulsory ice dances does not require jumping or spinning, so ice dancing is popular amoung adult figure skaters. Some pair skaters also do ice dancing, and some ice dancers also do pairs. In the past, skaters who did not like to jump, chose ice dancing, but in recent years that is changed. Both disciplines require strong skating skills.

Rebekah and Joel Schneider-Farris Compete in Both Pair Skating and Ice Dancing
Photos Copyright JO ANN Schneider Farris

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