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    Were did the idea for Partnership Skating come from?

    Say,does anyone know a history or origan for that? We know Pairs Skating if I remember right. Goes back to the 1800s. But how did the idea for Pairs and Ice-Dancing actually get started?

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    The idea started in the middle of 16th century Holland, where skates were common method of transport on the frozen canals during winter for the local people, both for business and leisure.

    http://www.allpaintings.org/v/Baroqu...ver+2.jpg.html

    Couples and Families (meaning men and women) often held hands to secure each other when they skated to the destination…….
    http://www.wga.hu/art/a/avercamp/skaters.jpg

    During Sundays and winter festivities people came to place of common gathering where there was also music on certain occasions. So they “strolled around on ice” aka “skated” to music….. etc….

    http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth...e-nglondon.jpg

    The younger ones played on skates, pulling, spinning, lifting each other….


    http://www.bildindex.de/bilder/mi00232d10a.jpg


    Holland of the mid 16th century is not the only geographic region where population used blades to get around in winter time, but one of the few ones where it became a major part of social life during winter, as well as in many locations in Europe which had canals and cold wingers, such as North Spain, North Italy, France, and all over Scandinavia.

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    That last pic. doesn't look too clear. Ummmmm.....interesting. How did we end up following the idea for ice-Dancing and Pairs from that time?

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    Skating was a social event. At social events in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century, one dances. Why not do the same on ice if you're skating arm in arm anyway?

    As for pairs, there's always someone who pushes the envelope--someone had to have thought, "If I can jump alone, what would happen if I threw someone while they jumped?" "Gee, in the Ballet de Monte Carlo tour that chap picked up that girl and carried her around, I bet I could do that on ice skates..."

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    Pushes the envelope? What does that mean?

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    "Push the envelope" is an expression meaning going beyond what is usually being done, attempting to break a barrier.

    For example, Midori Ito "pushed the envelope" in ladies skating by becoming the first woman to successfully execute a triple axel.

    Hope this helps!
    "Once you've skated together long enough, and you're really good friends, you can close your eyes, put your hand out and she's right there." Joe Dolkiewicz, 2011 US Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist

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    Oh.

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