Sport in which ice-skating pairs perform to music routines similar to ballroom dances. Ice dancers are judged on the difficulty and originality of their dance steps, their interpretation of the music, and their timing and unison. Unlike figure skating, ice dancing does not allow movements of strength or technical skill (particularly overhead lifts, jumps, and spins of more than one-and-a-half rotations). It has been an Olympic event since 1976.
French ice dancers Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay competing at the World Ice-Dance Championships.—© Duomo Photography
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