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Choreograph a Figure Skating Program

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A Figure Skater Does Her Program At a Figure Skating Competition

A Figure Skater Does Her Program At a Figure Skating Competition

Photo Copyright © JO ANN Schneider Farris
A skater and his or her coach will choose a piece of music and get the music cut to a required length. Then, a program with required elements must be choreographed by a professional choreographer or coach.

Once a skating program is choreographed, a skater must practice the figure skating elements in his or her program over and over and do at least one complete run-through (without stopping) of the program every day.

Difficulty: Hard
Time Required: This task could take several hours, days, or weeks.

Here's How:

  1. Learn what figure skating moves and elements are required for your competition or test level.

    Figure skaters can begin working on the individual elements that are required for a test or competition before a program is choreographed and set to music. A skater's program should include jumps, spins, connecting elements, turns, footwork, and steps.

  2. Look for an appropriate piece of music.

    Figure skating programs need to be a certain length. The length of a skater's program will depend on his or her skating level. The music a figure skater skates to must be custom made and put on a CD.

  3. Hire a professional figure skating coach or choreographer to put your program together.

    Putting a figure skating program together is complex. A skater and his or her coach will choose a piece of music and get the music cut to a required length. Then, a program with required elements must be choreographed by a professional choreographer or coach.

  4. Practice

    Once a skater program is choreographed, a skater must practice the figure skating elements in his or her program over and over and do at least one complete run-through (without stopping) of the program every day.

  5. Perform

    Most figure skating clubs or rinks offer skaters chances to perform in front of an audience. Exhibition opportunities help skaters be better prepared before figure skating tests or competitions. Take advantage of these opportunities.

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