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    Has anyone competed in solo dance?

    What was it like? Do you think it's worth the time? I'm an adult skater and there really are no male partners at my age, so I wanted to give solo a try next year. Does anyone have any info?

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    I haven't competed but I have seen solo ice dance competitions. It's a bit of a nostalgia trip with its 6.0 scoring system. It's probably because it's too difficult and expensive to get a good technical caller for these events. A number of the skaters were former ice dancers who have broken off from their partner. The top dancers have really exceptional skating skills. I believe age and gender restrictions/segregation are relaxed for solo dance. However, the skaters I saw were mostly women in their teens and early 20s.

    You can find more information here for Solo Dancing in the US: http://www.usfsa.org/Programs.asp?id=479

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    There is always solo dance competition at Lake Placid IDC in August.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    There is always solo dance competition at Lake Placid IDC in August.
    I've watched them at my rink too that's why I wanted to do it! But the judge asked several of the skaters to do certain things on the ice and I wanted to know exactly what that was all about before I set my sights to solo ice dancing. I do not have a coach at this point, and my lessons left me feeling like I needed a private coach that I got along with, who also Ice Danced. At my rink, some of the teenage skaters with potential have said the coaches are not doing their job as well as they could. They're teaching things wrong, and I don't think there even is an ice dance coach, so I might have to travel.

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    Adult Nationals has solo dance and there is a Solo Dance Nationals event as well these days. The AN Solo Dance events are pretty crowded with people who want to dance but have no partner

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    I've done AN and Lake Placid for solo dance. I enjoy it! Some of my students are doing the new Solo Dance Series this year, which I think is a great thing.

    Are you in the U.S.?

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    Yes

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    Ove my skating career I have done smoe solo dance. If you like to dance then I say go for it. It'sso hard to find a partner and solo dance is a way to get to keep dancing. Also if you want to skate with a partner it's a good way to be "seen" and possibly get a partner.

    If the coaches at your rink aren't pulling their weight I would suggest changing rinks. No point in learning things incorrectly only to have to be corrected at a later date.

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    Used to Dance, Welcome to Golden Skate, we hope you will post long and often.

    And really, I hope you still dance

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    I'm competing in my first Solo Dance in about a month, and I'm excited! It's nice to compete in it esp. since I have passed a number of dances and I can compete in that dance w/o a partner, and when I say compete I mean a small competition, nothing major.

    I'm in that awkward stage as most couples start out young, or if they're older they have had partnering experience and can find a partner at a high level.

    I'm 17 and I've passed up to my first Senior Bronze dance (i'm in Canada) and I plan to test the rest of them by the end of the year, but I'm no where near good enough to compete at the national level, but I hope to find a partner in university to get a chance to try ice dancing, possibly even at the sectional level~ (which is basically regionals in Canada)

    If anyone cares enough, I'll post after the competition about my experience competing in solo dance...?

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    AmuChan - I'm in Canada too. I've heard they are thinking of lowering the age for adult competitions to 18 so you might be eligiblle to compete that stream. There are a few men out there who want to dance. it's so hard finding a partner. Good luck with your competition and tests.

    And thanks Doris, I do still dance actually.

    (enough threadjacking now)

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    UsedtoDance - I'm not quite sure what I what to do in my future skating career, when i go to uni i'm planning on joining the skating team/community area and see if there are any boys who could possibly be a partner - i know its a stretch, but its a dream Then again, I might just compete in solo dances, but i doubt they have solo dances in the sectional level, so i'm still a little iffy on what my future will hold =]

    Are the adult competitions for solo dance or couples? from the brief research i did it looks like it is only for couples (correct me if i'm wrong). I don't know yet, maybe the adult stream might be fun to do!

    Thanks! I'm really excited ;D

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    You only get solo dance in Canada at a handful of competitions. Sectionals has no solo dance. No solo dance at adult competitions either. It's just not that popular here for some reason. Depending on where you go to university there might be some good clubs you can go to for lessons and there might be some guys. They are just so few and far between.

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    That's too bad because a lot of people in the US go the solo dance route because they can't find partners. The solo dance events at US Adult Nationals are HUGE! There are typically 2 full groups of Bronze, Silver, and Gold SD. The event got added after petitioning from the adult community. Now that SD was added to ANs, Sectionals and other adult only comps are including it as well.

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    Check out some of the new communications from Skate Canada re: competition restructuring. They are piloting Solo Ice Dance at a few comps this season, including Scarboro Skate, and they are indeed planning on putting in a new 18 to 25 year old age bracket. Which is very good for skaters who are university aged.

    However, if you are looking to do Sectionals, you are already "aged out" for anything but Senior if you are over 18, IIRC. They changed the rules on age limits; Junior ages out at 19 now. Check SC's website for info on the restructuring based on the LTAD model.

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