One measure that might help to rebuild the popularity of figure skating could be for the ISU to incorporate Solo Ice Dance into its competitions, including the World Championships. That would of course turn its competitions from 4 event competitions, into 6 event ones (with the inclusion of Ladies Solo Ice Dance and Men's Solo Ice Dance events). Moreover, once Solo Ice Dance had been in the World Championships for several years, the IOC could then consider it for inclusion in the Olympics
The United States Figure Skating Association has been holding its own National Solo Dance Championships for several years now. The 2012 event recently took place in Colorado Springs in September. This is the Examiner's article on the championships. As Jo Ann Schneider-Farris points out in the article:-
In terms of traditional free skating, I think what has been lost under IJS/COP is the artistry, musicality, interpretation, and choreography that audiences used to enjoy. They have become too much of a jumping competition, with elements added often at random just to score points. After all, the objective is to score points, and not necessarily to choreograph and skate the most impressive program from an artistic perspective. That is where Solo Ice Dance can potentially plug the gap.A new event that premiered at the 2012 National Solo Dance Championship was solo free dance. Ice dancers performed step sequences, twizzles, edge moves, and spins in very creative solo free dance programs that looked a bit like beautifully skated free skating programs without jumps.
Hence, should the ISU add Solo Ice Dance to its competitions?