For a solo free dance, a figure skater will choose his or her own music and program theme. Full revolution jumps are not allowed. Ice dancers should show off their strong skating skills.
Music:Solo free dance music may be vocal or instrumental. The music used in a solo free dance should have an audible rhythmic beat and melody, or an audible rhythmic beat. Skaters should skate to the music and skate to the beat.
Short Edge Elements:
A short edge element is a figure skating move where an ice dancer holds a sustained edge in a selected position. The skater may change a position while doing the element, and the position must be held for at least three seconds, but should not be held for more than six seconds. Turns are not allowed during the actual element, but can be done as the skater enters or exits of the short edge element.
The short edge element is judged with the primary focus being the quality of the edge; the secondary focus is on the position attained.
Some Short Edge Solo Free Dance Elements:
- Shoot the Ducks
- Spirals (done in a variety of positions)
- Spread Eagles
- Ina Bauers
- Hydroblading positions
- Full Split One Foot Glides (Charlotte)
Long Edge Elements:Long edge elements are two or more short edge elements done in a row in a serpentine, "S" shaped, pattern. There should be a change in direction in each short edge element that is done in the "S" pattern. Each short edge element in the serpentine pattern should be held for at least three seconds, but the entire long edge element can be no longer than 12 seconds. Skaters may change positions while performing long edge elements.
Connecting turns cannot be more than one-half revolution and skaters may change feet between each short edge element, and also do turns as they enter and exit a long edge element move. Like the short edge elements, judges will judge the quality of edge first and then judge a skater's positions.