Dance Lift – A movement in which one of the partners is elevated with active and/or passive assistance of the other partner to any permitted height, sustained there and set down on the ice. Any rotations and positions and changes of such positions during the lift are permitted. Lifts should enhance the music chosen and express its character and should be performed in an elegant manner without obvious feats of strength and awkward and/or undignified actions and poses. Types of Dance Lifts are classified as follows:
Short Lifts – the duration of the lift should not exceed six (6) seconds a) Stationary Lift – A lift that is executed on the spot (stationary location)
by the lifting partner who may or may not be rotating;
b) Straight Line Lift – A lift in which the lifting partner travels in a straight line in any position on one foot or two feet;
c) Curve Lift – A lift in which the lifting partner travels on one curve (lobe) in any position on one foot or two feet;
d) Rotational Lift – A lift in which the lifting partner rotates in one (clockwise or anticlockwise) direction while travelling across the ice.
Long Lifts – the duration of the lift should not exceed twelve (12) seconds:
e) Reverse Rotational Lift – A Lift in which the lifting partner rotates in one direction and then in another direction while travelling across the ice;
f) Serpentine Lift – A lift in which the lifting partner travels on two different curves of approximately similar curvature and duration. The pattern must be serpentine shaped (“S”). The change of direction of the pattern may incorporate a turn of not more than 1⁄2 rotation. After the completion of the 2 curves the Couple may skate additional curve(s) or rotate (up to 1 rotation) but this will not be counted;
g) Combination Lift – A lift combining two of the above types of lifts - a), b), c) or d).
Illegal Lift Movement/Pose – The following movements and/or poses during the lift are illegal:
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lifting hand(s) of the lifting partner higher than his head)*; lying or sitting on the partner’s head; sitting or standing on the partner’s shoulder or back; lifted partner in upside down split pose (with sustained angle between thighs more than 45 degrees)**;
lifting partner swinging the lifted partner around by holding the skate(s)/boot(s) or leg(s) only with fully extended arm(s) or by holding the hand(s) with full arm extension by both partners.
*It is not considered as an Illegal Lift Movement/Pose if: – the point of contact of the lifting hand/arm of the lifting partner
with any part of the body of the lifted partner is not sustained
higher than the lifting partner’s head; – the lifting hand/arm which is used for support or balancing only or
which touches any part of the body of the lifted partner is not sustained by the lifting partner higher than his head for more than 2 seconds.
** A brief movement through an upside down split pose (with any angle between thighs) will be permitted if it is not established (sustained) or if it is used only to change pose.