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Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada compete during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada compete during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images Jane Summersett and Todd Gilles Were the First Ice Dance Team to Demonstrate the Short Dance

Jane Summersett and Todd Gilles Were the First Ice Dance Team to Demonstrate the Short Dance

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Definition: There are two phases of junior and senior level ice dancing competitions. The first phase is the Short Dance (a combination of a compulsory dance and some free dance elements) and then the Free Dance. The Short Dance includes steps from a compulsory dance, but also includes creative free dance elements. Each ice dance team skates to a different piece of music. The Short Dance program's duration is 2 minutes and 50 seconds.

 

 

Examples: For the 2010--11 figure skating competition season, Junior level ice dance teams include two patterns of the Viennese Waltz in their short dance; Senior level ice dance teams include one pattern of the Golden Waltz in their program. In addition, the team performs three required free dance elements: a non-touching straight line step sequence that covers the length of the ice and is skated down the center of the rink, synchronized twizzles, and a lift that is a duration of 6 seconds or under. Skaters skate to any music that is waltz tempo. Costumes should be appropriate for a waltz theme.

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