Most of the criteria for the Performance/Execution, Choreography, and Interpretation components draw on concepts central to the performing arts, especially music and dance.
Many people who like to watch figure skating primarily for its aesthetic qualities, including a number of knowledgeable fans here at FSU, also have backgrounds in the arts that give them insight into effective ways to evaluate performances.
I believe that the people who wrote the PCS criteria for these components also had outside knowledge beyond just their skating backgrounds. But many judges do not, so all they have learned is what the judge training provides them.
Can we draw on the expertise of posters here to brainstorm improvements we'd like to see in the judging of these components?
*How could the criteria be rewritten or expanded on to help judges focus on the important aspects of performance, choreography, and interpretation without too much overlap with each other and without tieing these components directly to the skating skills?
Even if only hypothetically, just for fun let's imagine that the ISU decided to create a separate "artistic judging appointment" only for these three components, which would require a separate training track from the technical judging track that allows one to judge GOEs and Skating Skills and Transitions (or a general judging track for lower-level events without split panels). (The logistics of how this could happen affordably worldwide is another question we don't need to worry about for now.)
*What kind of music and dance knowledge should a skating judge, or skater who wishes to become a judge, already possess before being accepted into the artistic judge training?
*What kind of skating knowledge should a nonskater with outside arts expertise already possess before being accepted into the artistic judge training?
*What might this training consist of, to get everyone on the same page as much as possible, with as high a level of shared knowledge and standards as possible?