The ISU is beginning the annual process of updating technical requirements and issuing communications for the 2011-12 season. I am starting this thread so we can gather all of these communications here and discuss them.
Communication 1670 includes the 2011-12 Short Dance and Free Dance required elements.
Senior Short Dance
Junior Short DanceOne to three of the following Latin American Rhythms: Cha Cha, Rhumba, Samba, Mambo, Merengue.
The Pattern Dance Elements can be skated to any of the above mentioned Rhythms (both elements to the same Rhythm or one element to one Rhythm and the second element to a different Rhythm), in the style of this (these) Rhythm(s), with the following range of tempo: 43 to 45 measures of four beats per minute (172-180 beats per minute). The tempo of the music throughout the Pattern Dance Elements must be constant.
AlsoCha Cha or Cha Cha plus one of the following Latin American Rhythms: Rhumba, Samba, Mambo, Merengue.
The Pattern Dance Elements must be skated on the Cha Cha Rhythm, in the style of the Cha Cha, with the following range of tempo: 28 to 30 measures of four beats per minute (112-120 beats per minute). The tempo of music throughout the Pattern Dance Elements must be constant.
Short Dance choreography rule update (new provisions are underlined):Latin American Rhythms are described in the ISU Ice Dance Music Rhythms Booklet 1995, pages 13 to 20 (Note: Tango and Paso Doble, which are not included in the description, are not allowed).
The concept and choreography must produce the feeling of a unified dance. The Pattern Dance Elements may be skated anywhere in the Short Dance and should be integrated into the composition of the dance so that there should not be the feeling that there are just rhythms put together without thought of how they fit together.
Required Short Dance Elements“After the clock is started with the first movement, the couple must not remain in one place for more than 10 seconds. During the program, either up to two full stops (duration must not exceed 5 seconds each) or up to one full stop (duration must not exceed 10 seconds) are permitted. Any choreography appropriate to the music selection (including a separation of no more than two arms length apart) may be included.”
Junior PatternTwo (2) Sequences of Rhumba, either skated one after the other or not skated one after the other.
For both Senior and Junior Patterns:Two (2) Sequences of Cha Cha Congelado, skated one after the other.
Additional required SD elements:Timing – the Pattern Dance Elements must be skated in strict time to the music with the start of Step # 1 of:
- each Sequence of Rhumba (if they are not skated one after the other),
- the first Sequence of Rhumba (if they are skated one after the other)*,
- each Sequence of Cha Cha Congelado, on beat 1 of a four measure musical phrase.
* Note: in this case, the second Sequence will begin on beat 1 of the fourth measure of a musical phrase.
Step #1 of each Pattern Dance Sequence must be skated on a different side of the ice surface.
Required Free Dance Elements (Senior)One (1) Short Lift is required.
In addition, one (1) Transitional Dance Lift (up to 6 seconds), but no more, performed optionally after the required Dance Lift is permitted.
Senior: one (1) Not Touching Circular Step Sequence
Junior: one (1) Not Touching Midline Step Sequence
One (1) Set of Sequential Twizzles
The Dance Spin is not a Required Element. A couple may choose to use this movement as part of their choreography.
- two (2) different Types of Short Lifts and one (1) Long Lift,
- four (4) Short Lifts chosen from at least three different Types are required.
In addition, one (1) Transitional Dance Lift (up to 6 seconds), but no more, performed optionally after the required Dance Lifts, is permitted.
One (1) Dance Spin (Spin or Combination Spin) is required.
In addition, one (1) Transitional Dance Spin, but no more, performed optionally after the required Dance Spin, is permitted.
One (1) Straight Line Step Sequence (Midline or Diagonal) in Hold
One (1) Curved Step Sequence (Circular or Serpentine) in Hold
One (1) Set of Synchronized Twizzles
Note: if a Dance Spin and a Dance Lift are performed as a combination, they will be identified as two separate elements.