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       Artistic events include light, dramatic and interpretive for singles. Please see official entry forms for appropriate classification and levels of eligibility. Events are also offered for Theater on Ice teams. Same rules of eligibility apply for artistic events that apply to free skating events. Juvenile and Open Juvenile levels may be combined.

Spotlight/Showcase Artistic Events

Single Entry:    Two entrants are required to hold each event.  At the discretion of the Chief Referee, events may be combined to allow skaters the chance to compete, or skaters may be offered the opportunity to skate an exhibition.    ALL DECISIONS OF THE CHIEF REFEREE WILL BE FINAL.

Group Division:    Male and female skaters will be combined in all events. The referee may divide groups by age or draw at his/her discretion.  ALL DECISIONS OF THE CHIEF REFEREE WILL BE FINAL.

Warm-up     The warm up time for artistic and pairs programs will be limited to twice the specified length of the program, with a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes. For dance events, music will be played during the warm up. For moves in the field events, there will not be a separate warm-up for each move, unless otherwise specified by the referee.

Props     Props must be safe!! They are limited to those that the competitor can hand carry or push on the ice themselves in one trip of 30 seconds or less. Skaters may not be assisted in the set-up or removal of their props on and off the competition ice. Off ice assistance with props may not be given to the competitor during his or her event.

       At most faciities there is limited room to temporarily stage props; and there is limited area available in the parking lot. Live animal props, glass, feathers and/or anything that can break, shatter, or shed pieces, is power driven, uses extension cords, or can flame or smoke are NOT permitted. Any substance that may alter the ice, such as wet mops, whipped cream or shaving cream is also NOT permitted. The referee will make a final decision on whether a prop is safe.

      For violations of the prop rules, a penalty of 0.2 will be given to the skater under the Costume and Prop Score for these violations:
  • Altering the ice with any substance.
  • Exceeding the 30 second set-up and or leaving the ice rule.
  • Exceeding the guidelines for size of prop that is ruled too large for the competitor to get on and off the ice by him or herself.
Artistic Competition

       There are two broad classes of artistic competition:
  • Light Entertainment - A routine that shows showmanship and has entertainment value; usually a Broadway musical, jazz or character type routine.
  • Dramatic - A serious, emotional and artistic interpretation of the music.

       Each class of artistic events is divided into skill and age groups -

       Artistic Single Categories:    Levels include:
➢    Beginning Level 1-4: A under 9 and over 9
➢    Beginning Level 1-4: B under 9 and over 9
➢    Pre-Preliminary A under 9 and over 9
➢    Pre-Preliminary B under 9 and over 9
➢    Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile - under 12 and over 12
➢    Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, Senior
➢    Young Adult age 18 – 20
➢    Adult age 21 and older

       Pairs/Similar Pairs Categories:    Levels include:
➢    Basic Skill 5-8
➢    Freestyle 1-6
➢    Pre-Preliminary A under 9 and over 9
➢    Pre-Preliminary B under 9 and over 9
➢    Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile - under 12 and over 12
➢    Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, Senior
➢    Young Adult age 18 – 20
➢    Adult age 21 and older

Note: Pairs may be made up of 2 men, 2 ladies or a man and lady.
Two teams
of any level are needed to hold an event. Different entry
levels may be com
bined if necessary. Officials are informed of the
teams skating level.


Artistic Judging:

     The 6.0 system of judging will be used for all events.  One mark will be given for the artistic and pairs/similar pairs events based on the following:
  • 50% for entertainment value, i.e. showmanship, artistic and theatrical qualities and audience appeal.
  • 20% for skating. Skating is a key element of the performance. Skating must interpret the music. The choreography and skating ability should be consistent with the skating level entered.
  • 20% for music and choreography. The performance must fit the music. The performance will be credited for being creative and/or original.
  • 10% for costumes and props. Costumes and props must be appropriate for the performance. If a prop is used, it must be incorporated into the performance.
Artistic Recall:

      A select number of skaters will be chosen to re-skate their programs following the conclusion of the Artistic competition events to compete for the Best of Competition Awards.  The recall event will be divided into upper (Juvenile through Senior and Adult) and lower (Pre-Juvenile and below) level skaters.

      The winning and runner-up skater from each of these levels will receive a special Best of Competition Award. The awards will be given to the skaters demonstrating outstanding presentation of a well choreographed artistic program that blends with the music, has good variety, creativity, manner, and style, and makes good use of the entire ice surface.

      Recall medals will be given to all recalled skaters who participate.  If a skater is recalled more than once in Artistic events of the same category (e.g., more than once in a Singles Artistic event), he or she must select only one of their performances for the recall and must notify the registration desk which event they will skate in the recall. Interpretive events are not eligible for recall. 

      All recalled skaters must turn in their selected music to the registration desk. The list of recalled skaters will be located near the Registration desk, and will be periodically updated with the recalled skaters. Posting of skaters may take time and is not immediately posted after each event.

Artistic Events

       To enter these events, skaters must be a U. S. Figure Skating member and have written consent of their home club.  Skaters may compete at the level for which they are qualified based on tests passed as of the deadline for entries or at a higher level as detailed below, but they must compete at only one level for all events.  The skater's age on the close of entries date will determine the age requirements for events that have age restriction.  Event times are those allowed for the National Showcase events.

Singles Events (Dramatic or Light Entertainment)
(Note: test references below refer to the U. S. Figure Skating tests.  Also note
event times are based on National Showcase guidelines.)
 
Beginning Level 1    A under 9, B over 9
Open to skaters who have not passed any US Figure Skating tests. Vocal music allowed. Program 1:00 +/- 10 seconds.
 Program shall consist of the following four elements only:

1. Marching while moving
2. Two foot jump in place
3. Forward Swizzles-Standing Still (3 times)
4. Moving Forward Swizzles (3 times)

Beginning Level 2     A under 9, B over 9
Skaters may not have passed any US Figure Skating tests Skating Time: Vocal music allowed. Program 1:00 +/- 10 seconds.
Program shall consist of the following six elements only:

1. Snowplow Stop – one foot or two toot
2. Forward Swizzles – Minimum of ten
3. Bunny Hop – Maximum of five
4. Back Wiggles or Back Swizzles – Minimum of ten
5. Dip – Deep knee bend while gliding on two feet
6. Forward one Foot Glides – Left and Right

Beginning Level 3    A under 9, B over 9
Skaters may not have passed any US Figure Skating tests Skating Time: Vocal music allowed. Program 1:00 +/- 10 seconds.
Program shall consist of the following five elements only:
1. Forward Crossovers - Clockwise and Counter-clockwise (minimum of 5 each)
2. Backward Crossovers - Clockwise and Counter clockwise (minimum of 5 each)
3. Forward Inside Mohawk followed by extended backward outside edge
4. T-Stop - either foot
5. Two foot spin - entry optional

Beginning Level 4    A under 9, B over 9
Skaters may not have passed any US Figure Skating tests. Skating Time: Vocal music allowed. Program 1:00 +/- 10 seconds.
Program shall consist of the following five elements only;
1. Forward outside edges - two each foot
2. Forward Spiral - either edge or flat
3. One Foot Spin – free-leg position optional
4. Waltz jump
5. Half-Flip

Pre-Preliminary A
Open to skaters who have not passed the Preliminary FS test.  Group A will not have attained the age of 12 years. Group B is open to skaters over 12. 
Jumps allowed - Waltz, Salchow, Toe Loop, and all half jumps. No Loop, Flip, or Lutz. Upright spins only.
Skating Time: One and one-half minute program set to music (1:40 max. program time).

Pre-Preliminary B
Open to skaters who have not passed the Preliminary FS test.  Group A will not have attained the age of 12 years. Group B is open to skaters over 12. 
Jumps allowed - No Axels or double jumps.
Skating Time: One and one-half minute program set to music (1:40 max. program time).

Preliminary
Open to skaters who have passed their US Figure Skating Pre-Preliminary Freeskating test but not their US Figure Skating Pre-Juvenile Freeskating test.
Jumps Allowed - No multi-revolution jumps.  Axel permitted.
Skating Time: One and one-half minute program set to music (1:40 max program time)

Pre-Juvenile
Open to skaters who have passed their US Figure Skating Preliminary Freeskating test but not their US Figure Skating Juvenile Freeskating test.
Jumps Allowed -Axel and up to one (1) double jump only permitted. Double jump may not be repeated.
Skating Time: One and one-half minute program set to music (1:40 max program time)

Juvenile
Open to skaters 12 years old or younger who have passed their US Figure Skating Pre-Juvenile Freeskating test but not their US Figure Skating Intermediate Freeskating test.
Jumps Allowed - Axel and up to two (2) double jumps only permitted. Double jumps may not be repeated.
Skating Time: Two minute program set to music (2:10 max program time)

Open Juvenile
Open to skaters 13 years old and older who have passed their US Figure Skating Pre-Juvenile Freeskating Test, but not their US Figure Skating Intermediate Freeskating Test.
Jumps Allowed - Axel and up to two (2) double jumps only permitted. Double jumps may not be repeated.
Skating Time: Two minute program set to music (2:10 max program time)

Intermediate
Open to skaters who have passed their US Figure Skating Juvenile Freeskating test but not their US Figure Skating Novice Freeskating test.
Jumps Allowed - No double axels or triple jumps allowed.
Skating Time: Two minute program set to music (2:10 max program time)

Novice
Open to skaters who have passed their US Figure Skating Intermediate Freeskating test but not their US Figure Skating Junior Freeskating test.
Jumps Allowed - No double axels or triple jumps.
Skating Time: Two minute program set to music (2:10 max program time)

Junior
Open to skaters who have passed their US Figure Skating Novice Freeskating test but not their US Figure Skating Senior Freeskating test.
Jumps Allowed - No triple jumps.
Skating Time: Two and one-half minute program set to music (2:40 max program time)

Senior
Open to skaters who have passed their US Figure Skating Junior Freeskating test.
Jumps Allowed - No triple jumps.
Skating Time: Two and one-half minute program set to music (2:40 max program time)

Young Adult
Open to skaters who have passed their US Figure Skating Juvenile Freeskating test and are 18 – 20 years of age.
Jumps Allowed -No double jumps or triple jumps.
Skating Time: Two minute program set to music (2:10 max program time)

Adult
Open to skaters who are 21 years of age or older.
Jumps Allowed - No double axels or triple jumps.
Skating Time: One and one-half minute program set to music (1:40 max program time)
Groups to be divided as follows:
Level I: Pre-Bronze and Bronze; US Figure Skating test level no higher than Adult Bronze.
Level II: Silver and Gold; have completed US Figure Skating Adult Bronze test or higher.

       Programs are intended to enhance the skater’s artistry and interpretation of the music rather than focusing just on the technical difficulty. Skating attire must fit the program and be appropriate for a family event.

       Hand held props (no glass objects) are allowed and can be set down on the ice. Except for Theater on Ice, no props may remain on the ice for the entire program. All programs will be skated on full ice. Vocal music is permitted.

Light & Dramatic Events
       Light programs should have a “feel good” nature compared to Dramatic programs that should be more serious or melancholy in nature. Movements are to be selected for their value in enhancing the skater's artistry and interpretation of the music rather than for the technical difficulty of an element that is poorly executed or lacks any relevance to the musical score.

There are no requirements for jumps and spins, except that the difficulty may not exceed the equivalent free skating level. Cartwheels are permitted. Credit for jumps or spins will be based solely on the choreographic effectiveness.

Interpretive Events
       Skaters are to create a program without assistance. Coaches and parents will not be allowed in the skaters’ area once a skater has checked in.

The organizing committee will supply a different piece of music for each interpretive event. Music will be approximately 1 minute to 1:30 in length.

The skaters will be escorted to an area in the arena that is sound proofed. They will listen to the music twice and then be escorted to the ice for their warm-up.

During the warm-up, the skaters will hear the selected music two times. After the warm up the first skater will remain at ice side while the other skaters will be escorted to an area where they will not be able to view the performance or hear the music played for the skaters preceding them.

The music will be played again for the first skater before he/she takes the ice.

As the first skater is announced the next skater will be brought to a place where he/she can hear the music for a third time, but will not be able to view the performance of the skater preceding him/her.

This procedure will continue for all skaters in the group. Programs will be judged on artistic impression, choreography and pattern, creativity, musical in-terpretation, posture and carriage.

Program times

➢    Light, Dramatic, and Interpretive level events; No minimum time
➢    Freeskate 1 – Preliminary; Time 1:40 Maximum
➢    Pre-Juvenile – Novice; Time 2:10 Maximum
➢    Junior – Senior; Time 2:40 Maximum
➢    Adult; Time 1:40 Maximum

       The following resource articles discuss efforts to introduce performance skills into a well balanced and choreographed figure skating program.

Recommended Reading:
  • DOC 1 - US Figure Skating  Jan. 10, 2012 ... equivalent to the specified U.S. Figure Skating test requirement. Costuming and make-up for showcase/artistic/theatrical/interpretive skating.
References:

Information About Competitions with the Bozeman Figure Skating Club The artistic programs usually music with or without words.

Event Eligibility Rules - Ice Skating Institute

PDF 2011 Desert Ice Open Competition May  April 24, 2011 Place 1st through 4th in one of our singles artistic events. 2) Have passed the Preliminary Free Skate test or Adult Interpretive Free. Sanctioned by Skate Canada and USFS. Sanctioned by Skate Canada and USFS.

PDF U.S. Figure Skating    entertainment/comedy Adult Figure Skating Championships. All four events are sanctioned by U.S. Figure ...interpretive free skate, adult artistic/dramatic ...

ISI NATIONAL COMPETITION INFORMATION  ARTISTIC SOLO 1-10. Skaters perform a program to music with emphasis on strong ..... in those events – along with Artistic, Footwork, Interpretive, etc. ...

PDF ANNOUNCEMENT 2010 ORANGE COUNTY FIGURE SKATING  July 19, 2010 You may access this by going to the club's web site. Free Skating. Pairs. Artistic. Interpretive. Dance, and Adult Events.

Summer Competition - Sun Valley Figure Skating Club  Events will be offered Basic Skills through Senior. Compulsory, Artistic, Freeskating, Showcase, and Interpretive events.

Download Competition Entry Applications:
 

1st Annual Independence Spring Classic Basic Skills Competition
Skate KC Basic Skills Competition Sunday, April 3 for Basic Eights Level 1
Skate KC 2011 Competition USFS Beginners through Senior Level
Sun Valley Winter Games Announcement

References:

Choreography and Artistic Performances

Resources:
   
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