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 and one solo free dance)
The National Solo Dance Championship started as a pilot project in September 2009, and the Solo Dance Competition Series kicked off in January 2011. The top skaters from each section who have participated in at least two Solo Dance Series Competitions are invited to compete at the National Final.
Solo Dance program was designed 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. Each year skaters register for the series online before April 1, 2020.
The 2020 Solo Dance Series runs from March to August and ends with the National Solo Dance Final, September 10-13, 2020, which will be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Several competitions in our area have been selected to be part of the solo dance series – the Ann Arbor Springtime Invitational, the Traverse City Cherry Classic, the Kathy Slack Troy Summer Competition, and Adrian College’s Last Chance for Solo Dance on August 7-9.
Solo dance offers athletes an exciting and competitive environment to participate and grow their ice dance skills without having to compete or train with a partner. Skaters can compete in the National Solo Dance Series, with the top finishers from each level earning the opportunity to compete at the National Solo Dance Final.
If you are interested in Solo Dance, visit the U.S. Figure Skating Solo Dance page. Registration to compete in the series for 2020 (with the approval of your coach) must be done by April 1, 2020; registration cost is $30.00.
The photo shows CFSC member Kamryn Keller who qualified for Solo Dance Nationals in 2018 for the Junior Combined Event.