Solo Dance

Solo dance is an opportunity for skaters to ice dance on their own without a partner and is open to skaters of all ages and ice dance levels, from preliminary to gold and international.

Solo dance is an opportunity for skaters to ice dance on their own without a partner and is open to skaters of all ages and ice dance levels, from preliminary to gold and international. Solo dance events – both pattern and free dances – are available at nonqualifying competitions across the country.

Solo dance events include:

  • Solo Pattern Dance
  • Shadow Dance (two skaters skate a pattern dance side by side)
  • Combined Dance (one solo pattern dance or rhythm dance and one solo free dance)

Solo Dance Series

Created to be a fun, nationwide competitive program, the solo dance series allows skaters to expand their competitive opportunities and encourages those new to ice dancing to give it a try. Skaters register for the series online before April 1 annually. 

Log in to the Members Only site to find technical updates and more information on solo dance.

Most Recent Updates

Click Here For A Copy Of The 2024 Washington Picken International Competition Announcement. Registration Is Now Open!

URGENT NOTIFICATION: Dear Skaters and Coaches, it has come to our attention that a mistake was made in both the international and US rules for the Combined Novice event. The rule for Choreographic Elements should be "Choose 2 Choreographic Elements", not 1. An updated handbook will be published soon but we wanted to give you all as much time to add the additional element as possible.  

Clarification: For the 2024 Gold/International Shadow Dance (Golden Waltz) P.23 of the 2024 SDS Handbook Appendix: Golden Waltz Shadow Dance Step 1 will start on the OPPOSITE side of the Officials Panel as shown on the dance diagram. 

Attention: The Characteristics of Levels for Variation Sequence for Variation Dance chart at the bottom of  P.24 of the 2024 Solo Dance Handbook has a typo you should correct in your Handbook.  Level 2 says no more than 75% of the Pattern in total may be interrupted. It should say no more than 25%. 

Clarification: Lying on the Ice (except where permitted) is Illegal in all Solo Dance Events. Please replace the last page on the 2024 Solo Dance Handbook with the list of Illegal Elements And Movements/Falls document found here.

Clarification: P.41 of the Solo Dance Handbook (Choreographic Character Step Sequence - 4th Bullet):  Please add "Except for Juvenile and Intermediate FD. Touching the ice with any other part of the body than the blades that would not otherwise be considered as a fall or illegal is NOT PERMITTED."  

Announcement: International Solo Dance is official, and the ISU Solo Dance Page is Live! All rules and regulations are now posted with a calendar of events to follow in the New Year. Click here for more information. 

Click Here For The List Of 2024 Solo Dance Series Competitions. 

Click Here For The 2024 Solo Dance Handbook. 

Click Here For The 2024 Solo Dance GOE Chart. 

Click Here To View The Updates To The 2024 Solo Dance Handbook. 

Click Here For The 2024 Solo Dance Timing Chart. 

Click Here For The 2024 Solo Dance Officials' Manual. 

Click Here For The 2024 Referee Cheat Sheet. (Please Note That There Are Two Pages). 

Click Here For The 2024 Tech Panel Cheat Sheet. (Please Note That There Are Two Pages).

LOC's: Click Here For The Medical Compliance Memo. 

National Solo Dance Final

The top six skaters from each section will be invited to compete at the National Solo Dance Final.

The 2024 National Solo Dance Final: Wesley Chapel, Florida - September 12-15, 2024

 

Your contacts for this area of interest

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Casey Mallory
Manager, Skating Programs
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Carol Wooley
National Vice Chair, Solo Dance
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Gerald Miele
Chair, Programs & New Program Development

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