Team couples of skaters dancing ball room-style try to earn the most first place votes. Nine judges rank each couple in three separate competitions.
30% of final mark
Couples must complete the same three dance patterns. There are four separate groups with three patterns each; the dance group used is picked by draw the night before. The four dance groups are:
1. Viennese waltz, Yankee polka, Blues
2. Westminster waltz, Paso doble, Rhumba
3. Starlight waltz, Kilian, Tango romantica
4. Ravensburger waltz, Quickstep, Argentine Tango
ORIGINAL SET PATTERN DANCE
20% of final mark
Couples choose the music, tempo, steps and composition and perform to the assigned rhythm (for the '88 Games it's the Tango)
50% of final mark
Couples perform a four-minute program of non-repetitive dance steps.
ICE DANCING COSTUMES MUST BE LOOSE ENOUGH FOR EASY MOVEMENT.
SKATERS USE GEOMETRY TO SHAPE THEIR CHOREOGRAPHY, A BLEND OF FIGURES ON ICE AND THE CHANGES THEIR BODY POSITIONS MAKE IN SPACE
THE WOMAN CARRIES THE GREATER RESPONSIBILITY IN ICE DANCING; HER MOVEMENTS ARE MORE EXTREME, MORE DARING
DATES: February 21-23
LOCATION: Olympic Saddledome, Stampede Corral
1976 Pakhomova-Gorshkov, U.S.S.R.
1984 Torvill-Dean, Great Britain