I thought we might want to move the theoretical discussion out of the Worlds thread into one of its own where it's easier to find.
I don't have time to offer any answers right now, but here are some questions to ponder:
Are beauty and artistry synonymous when it comes to skating, or can you have one without the other?
Can skating with no music be art? Does the presence of music demand evaluation as art even if the skater does a bad job of reflecting the music or uses it only for counting?
Is show skating all about art and not a sport at all? Do cheesy shows count as art or only hoity-toity ones?
What about professional competitions, or the "interpretive" programs in pro-am or "open" competitions of the late 1990s?
What about interpretive, artistic, showcase, and Theatre on Ice competitions at amateur levels? (Club competitions, National Showcase in the US, etc.)
Senior-level competitive short and free programs (and short/original and free ice dances): Always art? Never art? Sometimes? What would be the definitive criteria?