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How To Get Along With a Pair Skating Partner or an Ice Dance Partner


Meryl Davis and Charlie Have Skated Together Since They Were Kids

Meryl Davis and Charlie Have Skated Together Since They Were Kids

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Some people say that figure skating partnerships are like marriages. There is a difference though. Marriages are commitments for life, while figure skating partnerships are temporary and also are business arrangements. This article gives suggestions on how to get along with a pair or ice dance partner.
Difficulty: Hard
Time Required: Getting along with a pair skating or ice dance partner is a continuous process.

Here's How:

  1. Smile and laugh together at the rink.
  2. Don't blame your skating partner when things go wrong.
  3. Care about each other.
  4. Respect one another.
  5. Set long-term and short-term goals.
  6. Say only positive things about your partner when speaking with others.
  7. Communicate as much as possible.
  8. Stick together through thick and thin.
  9. Be grateful that you have a pair or ice dance partner and be grateful that you are able to experience the joy of figure skating with another person!


  1. The parents of the skaters in an ice dance or pair skating team must also work hard to make the skating partnership work. If the parents can't get along, the partnership will not work.
  2. Both partners and their families must be passionate about figure skating.
  3. Sister-brother or husband-wife pair or ice dance partnerships may last longer than other figure skating partnerships since those relationships go beyond the skating rink and are lifetime relationships.
  4. Consult your figure skating coach when conflicts arise.
  5. The long-term success of an ice dance or pair skating partnership depends on a good relationship. Figure skating partners should share common goals and have a mutual respect for one another.

What You Need

  • Patience
  • Understanding
  • Perseverance

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