Gerbils and mice are OK though, right?
Sure it didn't say "No hamster dance"? There's a rule I can support.
One of the coaches had a skater do "Hakuna Matata" with a giant potted plant from the rink's lobby. The plant was bigger than the kid, which was the point since she "popped up" from behind it during the "working on my roar!" part of the song. The rules say that the skater has to bring their props onto/off the ice without assistance and the kid really struggled with it to the point where we all held our breath, sure that it was going to topple over, dirt and all. I think I would have sent the parents to a thrift store for a lighter-weight fake plant instead.
That was at our home rink and it was her first competition, I think. She competed at one or two other rinks. Wonder what she used as a prop there? I doubt they borrowed the plant from our rink.
The cutest showcase prop I've ever seen was for the ever-popular "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" song. The skater had a painted vanity table with a frame instead of the mirror. I remember NOTHING about her skating and the music was same-old-same-old, but the hot pink vanity stands out in my mind. It's like I just watched it yesterday because it was top-heavy and the skater was tiny. Again, she struggled to get it over the threshold onto/off the ice. Still, very cute idea.
No. Unfortunately not. Next time I'm there, if I think about it, I'll ask.