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.

COMPULSORY DANCE

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)

FREE DANCE

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