For those wanting to review this year's criteria for the folk/country OD, I've included the above link.
Folk / Country Dance
Any type of folk/country dance music or typical dance of the country can be used. For the chosen type, there are no restrictions on the number of musical selections. Although the dance may consist of different musical selections – fast and/or slow- there must be a consistent theme based on a specific country or region.
The arrangement of the chosen music should give a genuine feel for folk/country dance. It should be very distant from the feeling of the Grand Ballroom.
It is recommended that couples should use their own traditional folk or country music and dances.
The folk/country dance character and style must be translated to the ice by flow and use of edges.
Vocal music is permitted. Variations of tempo within one selection of music are permitted. Each selection of music may have a different tempo.
Duration: 2 minutes and 30 seconds (plus or minus 10 seconds).
Costumes: Rule 612 applies with the following exceptions:
If appropriate for the chosen music, the lady and the man are permitted to wear trousers and sleeves of any length.
Small props that are part of the costume and are characteristic for the chosen music are allowed (hats, head bands, ribbon). Such props may not be thrown and/or passed from one skater to the other in any part of the program.
According to the Rule 612 paragraph 1c): "The decorations on costumes must be non-detachable." If a decoration or a part of the costume or hair decoration such as flowers, headbands, ribbons, etc (which are also a part of a costume), falls on the ice during the performance, the costume deduction of 1.0 is required by the Referee.
The following types of props are not a part of the costume and are not permitted: cane (walking stick), umbrella, bouquet etc. If used, the above mentioned deduction will be applied by the Referee.
One short lift
An optional extra lift is allowed, but only the first lift is scored.
Midline, Not Touching Sequence with no sequential twizzlesNote: If the Lift does not fit to the phrasing of the music in the OD, the judges must reduce the GOE and the GOE must be in minus. If the Lift does not reflect the character of the dance in the OD, the judges must reduce the GOE by 1 Grade.
Footwork may include mirror steps and non mirror steps. Couples' paths may cross each other.
Either a Circular or a Diagonal Step Sequence skated in dance holds (excluding hand to hand)
ONE (1) Set of Sequential Twizzles - two twizzles on one foot for both partners skated simultaneouslyNote: For both Step Sequences (Not Touching and in Hold):
Lifts, jumps of more than ½ rotation, stops, dance spins, pirouettes, pattern regressions and loops must not be included in either step
If the Step Sequence is not skated with the rhythm pattern of the music in the OD, the judges must reduce the GOE and the GOE must be in minus.
If the Step Sequence does not reflect the character of the dance in the OD, the judges must reduce the GOE by 1 Grade.
If one of the not permitted elements (e.g. jumps of more than half (½) rotation, stops or pattern regressions etc.) is included in Step Sequence the the judges should deduct accordingly for the inclusion of a not permitted element.If an illegal element is included in the step sequence (e.g. Jump of more than 1 rotation, lying on the ice etc.), the Technical Panel
will call an “illegal element” and the entire Step Sequence “No Level”.
Additional rules that I found interesting
a) The incorrect selection of music for the rhythms/dances chosen must be penalized.
b) Only music with a rhythmic beat may be used and the couples must skate primarily to the rhythmic beat.
e) All steps, turns, rotations and changes of hold are permitted provided that they are appropriate to the rhythm. Difficult, original, varied and intricate footwork is required for both skaters. For the Linking Footwork/Movements a program
that relies heavily on the use of chasses and progressives (runs), posing and one directional skating is considered to be less difficult than one containing changes of edge, rockers, choctaws and other such steps and turns, and multidirectional skating. Hops and jumps of not more than one full (1) rotation are permitted. These jumps of 1 rotation may not be performed simultaneously and are not permitted at all in any step sequence. Excessive skating on two feet, by either partner or both, is considered as showing the inability to skate or maintain balance. However, one (1) highlight for which one or both partner(s) are on two feet may be included (maximum duration – 5 seconds).
Kneeling or sliding on two knees is not permitted (if this happens it will be considered as a fall and the appropriate deduction will be applied by the Technical Panel).
A program which is choreographed so that its performance extends to all sides of the arena is preferable to one directed to only the judges’ side.
f) Partners must not separate except to change dance hold, to perform the not-touching step sequence or the permitted full stop. Separations at the beginning and/or end of the program may be up to 10 seconds in duration without restrictions on distance of the separations.
g) There are no restrictions on dance holds. Skating in Hand-in-Hand hold with full extended arms is permitted only if in the character of the rhythm chosen but must not be used excessively.
i) The program must be developed through skating quality rather than through non-skating actions such as sliding on one knee, or use of toe steps which should be used only to reflect the character of the dance and underlining rhythm and nuances of the chosen music.
Here's the choices the teams have made for their folk/country original dance.
Tanith Belbin/Benjamin Agosto USA
OD- "MoldovaNeska" by the Igor Moiseyev Ensemble
Madison Chock/Greg Zuerlein USA
OD-Afro Cuban Folk; Afro Cuban Dance: Yema Ya
and Agua Nile
Federica Faiella/Massimo Scali ITA
OD-Italian Country Folk Dance ( Tamurriata Napoletana)
Jana Khoklova/Sergei Novitski RUS
OD-music of Muslim Magomaev (Russian folk)
Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje CAN
Alexandra Zaretski/Roman Zaretski ISR
OD – Hava Nagila
Xintong Huang / Xun Zheng CHN
OD-Greek Folk (Zorba the Greek)
Xiaoyang Yu / Chen Wang CHN
OD Chinese Folk: House of Flying Daggers
Anna Zadorozhniuk/Sergei Verbillo UKR
OD-Ukrainian Folk Dance