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79. APPROVED – Dance Committee Amend rules 6222 (page 279, Rulebook) and TR 54.03 (page 44, Tests Book) as follows:


6222 Elements for Novice Free Dance 2012-13


NOVICE FREE DANCE 3:00 +/- 10 seconds


Must contain the following elements in any order STEP SEQUENCES


Maximum of one two step sequences • One must be a not touching midline step sequence


• The other must be chosen from circular, midline, diagonal or serpentine in hold


• Both step sequences must utilize the full ice surface


• The step sequence in hold must be skated in dance holds or variations thereof, except hand-in-hand hold in sustained position with fully extended arms, and any separation to change hold must not exceed one measure of music


• Not touching midline and not touching circular step sequences are NOT permitted


• Dance lifts, jumps of more than one-half rotation, stops, dance spins, pirouettes, pattern retrogressions and loops must not be included in the step sequence


TR 54.03 Novice Free Dance Test Step Sequence: One sequence (in hold) from the following list: circular, midline, diagonal or serpentine. The sequence must fully cover the ice. It should include a variety of steps and turns and must include three-turns, mohawks, brackets and counters executed by both partners. An additional step sequence (in hold or not touching) is permitted and may be performed before or after the required step sequence in hold.


Implementation date: July 1, 2013


80. APPROVED – Dance Committee Amend rule 6250 (A) (page 284, Rulebook) as follows:


6250 Pre-Juvenile Dance Note: Pre-juvenile dance is considered a nonqualifying event and is held at regional championships only at the discretion of the local organizing committee. A. Test qualifications as of the closing date for entry to the regional championships: Both partners must have passed the preliminary moves in the field test or higher and two standard partnered preliminary dances but no or


higher than the standard


partnered pre-bronze dance test. Note: It is permissible for one or both of the partners to have passed the juvenile free dance test and still remain eligible to compete at the pre-juvenile dance level, provided that neither skater has competed at the juvenile dance level in a qualifying competition. Further, if a skater chooses to compete at the pre- juvenile dance level, the skater must do so with a partner other than the one with whom the juvenile free dance test was passed.


Implementation date: July 1, 2013


81. APPROVED AS AMENDED – Dance Committee Amend rule 6921 (A)(2) (page 292, Rulebook) as follows:


6921 Marking the Pattern Dances – IJS A. Technical Score 2. Novice, Intermediate and Juvenile Pattern Dances: For the novice, intermediate and juvenile pattern dances, four key points in each sequence/section of the dance will be assessed by the technical panel specialists will determine to establish the level of every the whole sequence/section as one unit, and judges will give one GOE for the whole sequence/ each section. The key points will be taken into consideration by the technical panel to establish the level of each sequence/section of the dance. Sections are di- vided into four levels. The description of characteristics that give a section a certain level is The key points will be determined by the U.S. Figure Skating Dance Committee. The key points and calling specifications will be announced at the Governing Council meeting prior to the start of the season and posted on usfigureskating.org.


Implementation date: July 1, 2013 SKATING 67


82. APPROVED – Dance Committee Amend rule 6221 (page 278, Rulebook) as follows:


6221 Selection of Novice Pattern Dances For each competition season, the following groups of three pattern dances will alternate in the order shown: A. 2013-14 Group B – Argentine Tango*, Kilian, Starlight Vien- nese Waltz 1. The asterisked (*) dance plus one dance drawn per rule 6080 will be skated at the U.S. Figure Skating Champion- ships. The asterisked (*) dance plus the dance not drawn will be skated at the sectional championships.


2. Each couple may provide their own music for each dance. Couple’s chosen music may be +/- 2 beats per minute dif- ferent from the tempo as stated in the dance description of the pattern dance and may include vocals. Each team must submit their music no later than the first official practice session for their event at each competition.


3. The dances will be skated in the order listed. 4. Draw for the skating order of the couples shall be made in accordance with rules 2722, 2723 and 6074.


5. The number of sequences of each dance shall be as speci- fied in rule 6075.


B. 2014-15 Group A – Starlight Waltz*, Blues, Paso Doble Implementation date: July 1, 2013


83. APPROVED – Dance Committee Amend rule TR 61.01 (E) (pages 49-50, Tests Book) as follows:


TR 61.01 General Requirements: E. Music for the solo free dance may be vocal and must have an audible rhythmic beat and melody, or audible rhythmic beat alone, but not melody alone. The music may, however, be without an audible rhythmic beat for the beginning 10 seconds of the program. (Balance of rule remains unchanged.)


Implementation date: July 1, 2013


84. APPROVED – Dance Committee Amend rule TR 61.02 (pages 50-51, Tests Book) as follows:


TR 61.02 Definitions and Descriptions C. Definition of Spins: A dance spin is on one foot only. It must have a minimum of three revolutions and may include any number of chang- es of position. A combination spin must have a change of foot with a minimum of three revolutions on each foot, and may contain any number of positions on either foot. No flying entries are permitted on any dance spin.


Implementation date: July 1, 2013


85. APPROVED – Dance Committee Amend rule TR 64.03 (page 53, Tests Book) as follows:


TR 64.03 Novice Solo Free Dance Test Duration: 2:20 2:10 +/- 10 seconds to music of the skater’s choice


Implementation date: July 1, 2013


86. APPROVED – Dance Committee Amend rule TR 64.04 (page 54, Tests Book) as follows:


TR 64.04 Junior Solo Free Dance Test Duration: 2:50 2:30 +/- 10 seconds to music of the skater’s choice


Implementation date: July 1, 2013


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