With the use of props, elaborate costumes and theatrical performance, showcase fuses figure skating with artistic creativity. Showcase events are open at many nonqualifying competitions for single skaters, duets, small ensembles and production numbers.
Singles skaters of all ages and levels can participate in showcase in the following categories:
- Light entertainment – Skaters perform a carefree, uplifting program to entertain the audience.
- Dramatic entertainment – Skaters perform a program demonstrating a strong emotional connection and investment in the music.
- Interpretive – Skaters choreograph a program themselves with music supplied in a warm-up room before taking the ice at the competition.
Skaters are permitted to use props and scenery in light and dramatic entertainment events. For interpretive, props are permitted, but must be brought into the warm-up room before hearing the music.
A highlight of showcase events is the opportunity for skaters to compete in a group. Club members and friends alike can enter these events to have fun and show off their theatrical skating skills. Groups can participate in the following events:
- Duets – Two competitors perform a theatrical program with the option to use props and scenery.
- Mini Production Ensembles – Groups of three to seven skaters perform together with the option to use props and scenery.
- Production Ensembles – Eight or more competitors perform a program together with the option to use props and scenery.
National Showcase is a competition filled with inspiration, and skaters who qualify are strongly encouraged to participate. The top four skaters within any showcase event at a nonqualifying competition can enter the National Showcase.
The 2020 National Showcase competition has been canceled; the 2020 National Showcase competition will be hosted by the Fort Collins Figure Skating Club in August 2021.