How to dance on skates


Easily accessible tools, diagrams and the choreographic heritage and history of the twin sports of roller and ice skating.
The goal of this site is to preserve documents, and offer tools to instructors and students in the skating community.

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header image: Carroll Swing, step 6

  • This information is offered for general interest, and official documents should be consulted for the current, definitive last word.
  • This is a compilation of thousands of hours of effort by the best people in roller and ice, and we owe to them, what we have today. Thank you.
  • You should be able to drag the images to your computer's directory or right-click to "Save As" and they will be .jpg or .png file type
  • Most images are designed  for  about 8 high by 5 wide

Author's note: When I began this site in 2013, I agonized over which version of a dance was the 'right' one to include. Since, I have come to realize that that is not my prerogative. I am a chronicler of what was and is, documenting history, not making it, and incorporated all versions available to me. In general, most recent versions are shown first. Figure skating on ice history
Dance Roller Skaters facebook group page
USA Roller Sports Facebook group page
'Compulsory', 'Original',  'Short', 'Pattern' dances - Wikipedia
Skaters Newsflash artistic rollerskating USA and around the world
Besotted with Dance Skating by Gerri Barnes-Hampton
United States Amateur Roller Skating Association a site maintaining the history of the association that was in existence from 1939 to Fall 1971
Classic Artistic Roller Skating Highlighting competitive skating from the 60s through the 80s
Skater Index Listing US National and World roller placements of skaters and other ephemera
CFP - Vintage Ice Dances Project Facebook group page
Finalizing the US Dance Test structure in the 1960's led to the 'disappearance' of many historical dances. This site is for posting "lost" dances.
University of Connecticut Skating library collection. mostly ice, but a number of roller also (in title order)
National Museum of Roller Skating , Lincoln Nebraska. 
"At the museum, we collect, preserve, and display the history of roller skating. By sponsoring and promoting education and informative exhibits, we hope to bring together everyone associated with roller skating, whether it be through sports, business, or recreation."
Circle and loop figure professional videos by 2017 World Silver Medalist
Emma Gloudeman
Dead Rinks A look at roller skating from a very modern perspective. Has some good photos of rinks.
​Forgotten Roller Rinks of the Past Very authoritative and well researched 
The Skate Hub site with broad range of topics

For those with off-skate dance interests:
Library of Dance
Swing Street streetswing. com
​Ballroom Dancers

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Ice Skating - official sites
ISU International Skating Union (about)  cooperative of country ice skating associations, 
recognized by International Olympic Committee (IOC) to represent ice figure and speed skating
ISU member organization list and links  by country
ISU dance diagrams (  for sale)
ISU Dances and Diagrams (
USFS United States Figure Skating diagrams USA rules & regs for US competition and tests
member of ISU with harmonized dance diagrams
PSA Professional Skaters Association (USA Coaches and professional ice skaters organization)

Roller Skating - official sites
World Skate FIRS renamed themselves in mid 2018
World Skate Official Regulation Artistic - Dance and Solo Dance Book 2020 1
lWorld Skate Official Regulation Artistic - Dance and Solo Dance Book 2022
FIRS International Federation of Roller Sports (about) recognized by IOC for all roller sports
FIRS member organization list and links by country
CIPA  Comite International de Patinage Artistique (international dance diagrams and rules)
     it is the Artistic Roller Skating Committee of FIRS
CEPA  Comite European de Patinage Artistique (European Compulsory Dances 2009)
FARS Federation of Artistic Roller Skaters (about) Great Britain - associated to FIRS thru BRSF
FARS Figure and Dance Diagrams
WIFSA World Inline Figure Skating Association includes dance, figure (freestyle), chorus and
     synchronized skating. They have a testing program as well as competitions.
     Associated with FIRS June 2015
USARS USA Roller Sports (home) USA - member of World Skate
     legal name, and previously known as, US Amateur Confederation of Roller Skaters (USAC/RS)
USARS: 2021 - 2022
RSA Roller Skating Association - organization for rink operators, equipment mfg. & suppliers,
     home of SRSTA Society of Roller Skating Teachers of America, closely associated with USARS,
     and Achievement Tests and awards (formerly known as RSROA Proficiency tests)
Skate Australia Dance Diagrams (CIPA and USAC/RS with color difficulty-coded steps)
Roller Sports Canada ​official National Governing Board for Canada

Log of Updates

May 12, 2022
I've been lax in keeping this update list up to date, although many updates have been made.
2022 RSA International style test link page. A new "How to use Lobe Guide" page has been added. A number of dances have been added. The store is no longer selling Test Booklets, the RSA is now selling the booklets that I've arranged a commercial printer to print instead of  those previously sold here.
Sept 17
Added the NEW 2021-2022 RSA test schedule under 'links to diagrams'
Sept 13
Completed adding the 2021-2020 dances not already on the site
Barsolona Bossa Nova, DaPonte Do'Blay, Donna Lee Tango, Flirtation Waltz 120, Italian Foxtrot,
Mandi Lynn Tango, Metropolitan Tango 32-beat, Rhythm Blues, Ruby Rhumba, Starlight Waltz
Aug 26
added Honey Rumba, Cha Cha Patin 2020 version
Aug 20
Added Roller Samba, Little Waltz, updated/corrected American March, other minor corrections
Aug 3
Please Note: Link to official 2020 World Skate diagrams and requirements above
I'll be adding those diagrams not already on this site
June 12

Reorganized the Kilian dances onto one page with links to places on the page
May 9
Added Rotary Roll, Viennese Foxtrot, Junior March, British Waltz, Elderado Waltz, Castillian Tango and Icelandia Tango.
April 24
Additions with commentary by Eli Graham, Polka (T-W) and Tango Barn Dance, Cutaway Waltz. Other minor additions and corrections.
February 1
The 2021 Achievement Dance requirements have not changed from those in the booklets in the 'Store'. Also added specific reference to when many blues tempos were changed from 92 to 88 in 1993 (in dances by rhythm)
January 13 2021
Duplicated Dance Positions at the beginning of the diagrams list as suggested by Eli Graham
December 25
added content to  the Foundations of 'American' style Dance under 'links to diagrams'
December 21
added 1948 RSROA version of Tango Barn Dance
November 30
Added Eli Graham's 14 step notes
November 25
Added Eli Graham's notes on the Pacifica Foxtrot
November 22
Added ilustrated Argentine Tango diagram
November 21
Added Queens Bolero
November 20
many small corrections, clarifications, added cover for 1959 RSROA booklet
May 27
Many small refinements, added a number of Rhumba pages
April 20
Published Pug Polka, an Original Compulsory Dance (roller) winner in 2019
February 22
More musical explanations
February 11
Added musical explanations under tabs 'links', 'by music alphabetic' with audio clips and example score - nearly all, remainder in the works.
January 23
Added roller version of Golden Skaters Waltz
January 2020
Added Judee Waltz, clearer diagram Rock and Wall Waltz and Carnival Tango
October 19
Added the store for my 2019 current Bronze, Silver and Gold Achievements test booklets. This is a zero profit endeavor for me, merely charging to cover my costs of supplies and shipping.
September 8
 2019-2020 USARS competition dances - links activated
September 2
Added list of 2019-2020 USARS competition dances - will activate links when I've verified the patterns on the site match those published
August 21
Minor tweaks, have been busy creating printed booklets of the current 2019 test dances, using restored historic diagrams and notes that comport with current requirements. May put links to purchase them on this site.
April 22
Added The Cha Cha from Clayton Smith's collection, which has the two missing men's steps in the Skate Australia diagram
March 27
Many additions, all of the turn dances up to #11 (2019) silver test to current versions. Added content to history page.  Minor clarifications, grammar/spelling changes.
February 23
Added Snyder plate history in 'Equipment'
January 21
Began use of a floating up arrow to return to the top of a page (selected pages)
January 10, 2019
Added section to 'tools' called Fundamentals, with articles from Skating News and Skate magazine
December 26
Added 1960 & 1962 notes and diagram on the Delicado
December 24
Added additional years to Highland Schottishe
December 21
Added Sharay Waltz, reorganized recent governance and logo changes into 'History'
December 19
Updated Baby Blues page. Pasted links - hopefully fixed so FaceBook and others will display desired image along with site info.
December 7
Added Bronze Swing Dance
December 5
Added description of how to stroke forward and backward with flash animations of each
November 6
All USARS 2018-2019 Selected Dance additions completed
October 10
Added USARS 2018-2019 Werner Tango, international for team
October 9
Added USARS 2018-2019 Style B Waltz
September 18
Added Dynasty Blues diagram and notes
August 22
I've come into possesion of the 1970 Edition IX of the USFARS / RSROA test booklets (2). The covers and test schedule is now up under 'listed by associations', 'pre 1971-72'.
May 16
Added audio links and example score for Boogie under 'music by rhythms'-'Boogie'
April 30
Minor mods to make 'mobile' use easier
April 29
Changed primary spelling of 'Killian' to 'Kilian' with one 'L'  throughout the website, at the very good suggestion of Tim Laskey. And also at his suggestion,  made note of alternative spelling of the "Balanciago"
April 20
Added Colonel Bogey March, music and score, under March tempo link page.
March 31 Added CIPA version Westminster Waltz
March 23 Have a new (relevant) image for FB to display when a live link URL to this site is pasted there. Added FB like and  share button on this page. Other small fixes/improvements
February 21
Re-did Paso Doble music to just Espana Cani audio clip and two staves of music notation.
February 13
Added audio links in the March section - this may be modified in the future
February 10
Added a description and link to an audio clip of the Vienna Waltz under Waltz rhythms 
February 2
Added 1982 USARS link page, report on CIPA/FIRS reorganization into WSF (World Skate Figure) under links -> tests & organizations
January 19
Added RSROA 1939 material relating the Continental Waltz to the Drop 3 Waltz
January 15
All of the 1938 first edition of the first dance publication by the RSROA dance notes now added. Thank you Lorna Day for the scan of the document.
January 13 2018
Added the links page and the "First Class" (bronze) tests of the 1938 first edition of the first dance publication by the RSROA. Thank you Lorna Day for the scan of the document.
December 31
Added 1989 USA/RS version of Collegiate, and began adding cross references between similar all forward dances and their counterpart  turn dances, such as the Marylee Foxtrot and the Collegiate.
December 27
Added link page for USAC/RS 12th edition, 1989 Part I and II. Thank you Audra Fortune for loaning me the originals to copy. Beginning to add dance versions from this editions, in testing order.
November 13
Added images and links to the 2001 USARS Premier Dance Division booklet. Thank you Audra Fortune for loaning me the original to scan.
November 18
Added 1953 ARSA version Argentine Tango, the last of the 1953 edition dances and are linked to the  1953 USARSA 'links' page
November 13
Added 1953 ARSA version of Westminster Waltz
November 10
Added 1953 ARSA version of Killian
November 9
Added 1953 ARSA version of Iceland Tango
November 7
added 1953 ARSA version of Viennnese Waltz
November 1
Special thanks to Bill Moore for permission to share his hand drawn diagrams of the Iceland Tango and Viennese Waltz, showing how these border dances progress around the rink. And thank you Audra Fortune for letting me use her copies of Bill's diagrams to make them available here. See them under their respective dance headings.
October 20
All but 5 of the 1953 ARSA dances added but not all linked to the booklet list
October 12
Added 1953 ARSA versions of Straight Waltz, Collegiate, 14 Step, Tango Barn Dance, Karen Lee Tango
October 7
added early Skate magazine version of the Academy Blues
October 5
Added early Skate magazine version of the Border Blues
October 1
Added USARS 2001 thru 2013 version of Carroll Tango
Sept 27
Updated with USARS 2017-2018 Competitive Dance Requirements
Sept 19
Added Palais Glide additional thanks to DFP Vintage Ice Dance Project
Sept 18
Added Ice Polka, thanks to CFP Vintage Ice Dance Project
Sept 17
Added notes and diagram to Rocker Blues, thanks to CFP Vintage Ice Dance Project
Sept 5
Added CIPA approved Fiesta Tango (un-modified, same as original 1952 George Muller pattern)
Sept 2
Note: USARS Figure Skate Committee 2017-2018 restructured rules
Aug 26

Added "in phrase" in Tools - music, Coronation Waltz, Marine Waltz, an earlier publication of the Arenetta Waltz, added details to early Fascination Foxtrot images
Aug 25
Added Koala Blues, Lyn Maree Waltz, Melody Waltz
Aug 24
Added Carolyn Waltz, Cha Cha, Kieler March
Aug 23
Added Australian Swing
Aug 19
Added Arenetta Waltz. This and many others will be added thanks to the diagrams contributed by Richard Hand.
July 18
Changed title image to Carroll Swing, step 6
​Added EASY Paso notes and diagrams for couples and solo. And,
A kind reader informed me of a more original source for the Olympic Foxtrot diagram and NOTES!
July 3
USARS Adult restructuring dance survey lists added under 'Links to diagrams', 'by Associations'
June 30
Links to Arizona Sk8te Champs website for the full text of 1942 - 1952 texts have been fixed
June 23
Wahoo! the Cha Cha Chiquita has been added, thanks to another private archive.
Skate anatomy added under equipment, maintenance
June 12
Here is a link to the USARS page with official restructuring documents concerning Adult Dance and Figure competition.
June 9
American March, Clayton Foxtrot, Gator Shuffle Polka and Zig Zag Polka have been added, thanks to a friends private archive. Cha Cha Chiquita still missing.
May 29
All the diagrams for the recent USARS survey are now on the site EXCEPT
American March, Cha Cha Chiquita, Gator Shuffle Polka, Clayton Foxtrot and Zig Zag Polka.
​ Any help with these much appreciated!
May 27
added Kinder Waltz, Twelve Step notes, Kleiner Waltz and Country Polka notes
May 20
added Lillian's Waltz and Waltz music tempo example
April 26
Made La Vista Cha Cha diagram step 1 and 2 clearer and added 'basic' tempo illustration
April 25
added Charity Blues and the link in "by Blues..." list, added Terenzie Waltz link to "by Waltz..." list, added Manzanita (tango) diagram, added earlier diagrams and notes of Lu Jane Tango.
February 14
added Terenzi Waltz (but not the 'Waltz music' links)
February 1, 2017
added a little history to the Double Cross Waltz
November 30
added USARS 2013 Chase Waltz notes and diagrams
October 30
Reorganized the 'Tools' section a little and added original material 'Team Lobe skating'
October 28
Various small additions, reorganizing and clarification since last update
October 7
Updated Swing Foxtrot - still working on getting all the International Dance Tests checked out
October 6
added Charlie Cha Cha and Broadway Blues from old issues of Skate magazine
September 29
Added CEPA diagrams for the first 4 Bronze International tests where different than American style
September 27
Cleaned up Dore Foxtrot, Casino March, Syncopated Swing, Ten Fox and Karen Lee Foxtrot
September 26
Added Monterey Tango
September 19
Due to Weebly's - my web provider - policy change with respect to the Scribd app, I've changed the way the 'Teachers' listing look. Thank you for understanding.
September 4
Added missing notes to Denver Shuffle diagram
August 30
Added Ralf Brown and Tim Laskey to 'skating music sources'
August 29
Added all the waltzes in Perry B Rawson's 1942 "Skate Dance Diagrams": Davis Goodrich, Drop 3 Continental, Eight Waltz, Mohawk Waltz, "Q" Waltz, Roquina, Spread Eagle style "A" and "B", 3 Lobed 8 Waltz, Waltz Tango. Fun to see these 'old' dances.
August 25
Completed historic content on "by Music Alphabetic"  pages
August 15
More historic content on the "by music Alphabetic" pages, including Marches
August 12
I've reformatted the lists "by music Alphabetic" to a consistent look. Also, most of the dance headings now contain some historic content to give the dances perspective and a short description of the music.
August 9
My apologies to those who had bookmarkd this site. I renamed it in hopes of better search engine hits, but apparently that was not working as well as planned, so I returned to its original name.
On content topics, The 'Waltz' list is up and the origin/music for it are written. More Waltz dances will be added as time allows.
August 8
additional maintenance relating to Tango and Two-Step list
August 7
upgraded Tango and Twostep list and links
July 11
added Bill Spooner's recent history and perspective
June 26
added history of music in Roller Dancing under 'Music'
June 14
Modified the 'B' dance page, list link structure
June 12
Many changes in organization of the site, but only a few changes/additions to content
May 20
added origin of 'solo' events by Tom Bense in the history tab
April 29
added details to Swing Dance
April 18
Added American Waltz
April 15
added Memorial Waltz notes and diagram
April 11
updated skate boot/frame sizing chart links under 'other stuff'
April 9
added Willow Waltz
April 3
made links live for RSROA Edition VI 1962 and Edition VII 1966 dance list
March 29
added links to 2008 RSA test schedule
March 25
added Do'Blay and Castel March
March 24
added/upgraded Southland Swing
March 18
Added Pilgrim Waltz, Luna Blues and CrissCross March
March 10
added Casino Tango
March 9
added Swing Waltz, Dutch Waltz
March 8
added USARS Killian, Delicado notes, some dances from USARS 2012 addendum, cleanup other details
February 24
added USARS March 2006 addenda list and links under 'by associations tests'. Added Association Waltz.
February 23
added versions Carey Foxtrot and Dench Blues. Additional material Skater march, Siesta Tango, City Blues
February 22
added versions Pacifica Foxtrot, Iceleand Tango, Harris Tango, 
February 9
added Lu Jane Tango, 1953 early version Continental Waltz and made additional links to the 1953 RSROA page
February 5
added Ten Step (it really is 4 steps shorter than the 14 step)
February 4
Work on 1953 RSROA link page
January 24
added all USAC 1973 Part II Gold dances
January 16
added USAC 1973 'Optional Test' dances
January 7
added Toronto March, Candle Lite Waltz 
January 6
added Aurora Waltz
January 5
added Gold test requirements and Optional test schedule to 1973 USAC page
January 4, 2016
Expanded Flirtation, added Harris Tango
December 31
added Flirtation Waltz, 120 Waltz and Imperial Waltz
December 23
Added Rinkromp [waltz]
December 22
Fixed Fiesta Tango
December 19
added Rocker Foxtrot
December 18
Added Keats Foxtrot, cleaned up Paso Doble, and Carrol Swing
December 8
reorganized History and added more content
December 6
added 'Turns' under 'Other stuff' - two foot and one foot, including original illustration
November 2
Added pages for "The Oaks" Dance Night dances which weren't already published - some of these still do not have complete dance notes or diagrams. Added more explanation to 'Other Stuff' 'Diagrams and Terms', including an original illustration.
September 28
"American Roller Skate Dancing  Edition X, published 1980 by USAC/RS, copyright 1973 by Roller Skating Rink Operators Association" link page complete, and all links connect to diagram & notes pages
September 26
Two Step origins added
September 25
Whew! 'T' dances link page and place holder pages for all the listed dances created, although most pages at this time have no dance notes or diagrams. Tango origins and music descriptions added.
September 8
general house keeping,  Academy Blues notes
September 5
added Cha Cha origins
September 1
added Tudor Waltz page with 3 versions
August 27
Updated link to CIPA. Added non-skating origins of the "B" music dances
May 27
Finally have FEB 2013 and NOV 2013 USARS test schedules straightened out and correct
May 25
Updating USARS - RSA Feb 2013 test schedule, added dances to fill out test #4
April 29
Added USARSA 1953 Karen Lee Tango and links
April 24
Added USARSA 1953 Style "B" Waltz, a waltz utilizing the spread eagle
April 21
Added USARSA 1953 120 Waltz and Werner Tango notes & diagrams.
Added USARS 2013 Werner Tango notes & diagram
April 18
Added 3-Lobe Waltz notes, diagram and links
April 13
Added Edward Bower to organist list. Added ARSA 1953 Table of Contents, proficiency test schedule - including some links to existing diagrams
April 10
Added Mineola Swing page, with original and 'cleaned up' versions of diagram
April 4
added ARSA booklets main pages (place holders) and links back to menu
Jan 18
added 'Foundations of 'American' style dance with links, various other items
Jan 13
added 1951 Supplement and many links. and some dances
added other RSROA covers and dance lists (still more to flesh out)
Jan 7
1966 USFARS (RSROA) links to dance pages
Jan 1, 2015
Reorganized structure of 'by difficulty of tests'

Dec 8
added Dance Tempo music sources
Nov 5
various minor additions - add'l Fascintion Foxtrot, skate plate sizing, others
Oct 21
Added "Music in Skate Dancing" (under 'Music')
Oct 19
Alphabetized 'Diagrams' list, eliminated  duplicate Southland Swing and College Two Step pages
Oct 6
added Federation Foxtrot notes
Sept 30
Reorganized pages in 'Other Stuff' i. e. music, added skate equipment. Various housekeeping such as establishing links on the page you get when clicking on main and some sub headings. 'Links to Diagrams' improved.
Sept 27
Rebuilt this 'About' page that went missing... Houskeeping in 'Identifying Music'. The Rythms page now works, again...
Sept 25, 2014
added Chase Waltz
Sept 6, 2014
added missing Glide Waltz notes & Diagram
Feb 2, 2014
initial "Q-R-S" dances finished
Jan 30,2014
"Q-R-S" dances started
Jan 29,2014
Initial 'P" dances finished
Jan 22, 2014
added links to official web sites
Jan 21, 2014
Added 'History of Skating' and 'identifying music' under 'other stuff'. Added example to 'lobe guides'
Jan 5, 2014
Lobe guides updated, 90 degree guide and  'download file' buttons added
Jan 3, 2014
"M" Music Dances index and images in progress, 60 degree lobe guide added
Dec 29, 2013
"C" and "F" Music Dances indexes and dance images up and working. Added "Dance Positions" to "Other Stuff"
Dec 23, 2013
"B Music Dances" index links should all work now. As time goes on, I'll work on 'cleaning up' the scan artifacts in the images

How to Dance on Roller Skates – Steps and Tips for Beginners

Have you ever tried to dance on roller skates before? Aside from gliding and performing all kinds of tricks, you can also dance on your skates! It’s very easy to learn how to dance on roller skates, even a young skater can enjoy grooving to the beat in just a few minutes. Here is a step by step instructions on how to work some basic dance steps on skates.

Before you start learning, you must already be able to roller skate with ease. You must already know how to slow down and stop and know basic skating routines like spinning and turning before starting to learn how to dance on skates.

What you need for this tutorial

You need the following to learn how to dance on roller skates:

  • Basic four-wheel roller skates – you must use traditional 4-wheel quad skates as this is more stable and thus will help you perform all kinds of dance moves.  
  • Helmet – always wear a helmet when skating. Use high-quality helmets with adjustable straps.
  • Elbow and knee pads – protect your elbows and knees when you fall with good quality pads. 
  • Spacious area to learn –  skate on a flat, safe area away from traffic and pedestrians
  • Dance music of your choice.


Rink Skating

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Rink skating is light, easy to learn, and is the backbone of most of the most popular forms of dance roller skating. Here are some steps to do it. 

  1. Ride your roller skates around the rink.

A huge part of rink skating is just moving around and jamming. It’s combining classic rink roller skating and a little bit of disco dancing. Just move forward until you feel the beat of the music. As always, move cautiously but continuously. Everyone at the rink will eventually move at a regular speed while enjoying the beat. 

  1. Make slow slides

Enjoy riding with slow slides unless the music calls for a faster stride.  

  1. Follow the beat with your hips 

Add variety by swaying your hips, wiggle around and just let your whole body let loose. 

  1. Make light moves with your hands and head

Your arms are free to move around but should be ready in case you lose control. Because you’re with other dancers and skaters on a rink, perform light hands and arm movements only. You may be tempted to nod or sway your head to the beat as well. 

  1. Keep moving  and enjoy

You’ll find rink skating very enjoyable and a great exercise too. Just keep moving and enjoy the flow. 

Jam Skating

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Jam skating is a combination of roller skating, breakdancing, and hip-hop. If you ace these dance genres then jam skating is the one for you. 

  1. Select the right kind of groove

Jam skating is for people who are best at breakdancing and hip-hop dancing. Choose your jam and start from there. Almost all hip-hop dance routines can be used with roller skates but breakdancing routines may be limited as you need to carry your heavy skates as you perform.  

  1. Perform freestyle breakdancing moves. 

Breakdancing moves involve every part of the body but with heavy quad skates, it would be difficult to perform most of the routines. Go for easy moves like top rocks, footwork, freeze, and twists. 

  1. Hip-hop moves

Performing most of the hip-hop moves while wearing skates is easier than breakdancing. You can use basic moves like breaking, boogaloo, popping and locking, and other improvised moves. 

  1. Choreographed dance moves

Jam roller skating involves choreographed moves especially if you want to dance with a group. Learn routines together and remember coordination and snappiness to make your routines flawless. 

Artistic Dance Skating

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In artistic dance roller skating, you combine elegant ballet moves and figure skating. This style is romantic and artistic and thus, you must captivate your audience with unique and interesting routines. Most international roller skating dance contests are based on artistic dancing with a variety of categories. 

  1. Select the tune/music.

Artistic roller skating will depend on what artistic genre you wish to perform.  An example would be ballroom roller skate dancing which considers the moves of various dances like cha-cha, foxtrot, waltz, rumba, and tango. 

  1. Practice your ballet and figure skating routines.

As artistic roller skating is a combination of ballet and figure skating, build your routines from these.  

  1. Emphasize coordination, artistry, and gracefulness.  

Artistic dancing places emphasis on how you perform every routine and not just your roller skating skills. Make sure that your steps are well-coordinated and everything is executed gracefully. 

Freestyling Dance Skating

Freestyle dance roller skating welcomes different styles. This type of dancing is popular on the streets, on playgrounds and parks, any outdoor area will do. Freestyling is simply letting the music take over. You don’t need to be a good dancer, ballet dancer, figure skater, or ice skater to perform freestyle roller skating. Just be confident and the rest will follow. 

  1. Gliding while dancing.

Freestyling is doing anything that comes to mind. Start feeling the beat of the music and just glide across the street or in the area. 

  1. One foot over the other.

A popular dance move is moving and placing one foot over the other. This move is similar to side-stepping but you must lift your feet higher to accommodate your large and heavy quad skates. 

  1. Spinning

You can do a bit of spinning as you work on your routines. Extend your hands as you spin to gain momentum. 

  1. Moving backward

Ride your skates backward to provide variety. Work on different routines as you move backward too.  

  1. Dancing with a pair

The great thing about freestyle is you can dance with a pair. Do what comes naturally as you dance with your partner. Make sure to give him or her space for more complicated moves. 

Learning how to dance on roller skates is easy if you already know the basic moves. There are more dance skates routines to follow just remember to follow the beat and keep safe. 

What do you think of our tutorial? Let us know in the comments below. Share this article with anyone you know who wants to learn to dance on roller skates. 

Sports in detail. How to learn to skate with a chair?

Think you know everything about sports? But often behind the scenes there are details that you may not have even suspected. Why don't rowers fall out of canoes? Why do ski jumpers need Christmas trees? What is swimmer's ear? The correspondent of did not hesitate and asked our athletes these and many other naive questions.

This time the interlocutor was the Russian figure skater Ksenia Monko, performing in ice dancing with Kirill Khalyavin. She spoke about who invents programs, who bans open suits, and whose fault it is that athletes wash their legs bloody.

Monko/Khalyavin / Photo: © Gettyimages/

— You start preparing for the season from the very beginning of summer…

— In June. From the end of May to the middle of June, we have a short vacation, and after the vacation we start training. The first two months are the hardest. I just got a little involved, and I immediately need to be ready for hard work. You put in new programs, you hone each element. A lot of things don’t work out at this stage, you get upset because of this, you try to “plow” even more. Further already it is easier.

- But at the same time, you can make changes to the program not only at the initial stages of preparation?

Yes. Moreover, we can make changes to the program even during the competitive season. At the beginning of the year, you may not understand what you are good at and what is inconvenient to do. This is already felt at the start. And you, together with the coach, make the necessary adjustments to the program.

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— How do you come up with a program?

- Everything starts with music. First, we select a composition.

- Who is doing this?

- All together.

- So you can come to the coach and say: I like this music, I want to dance to it?

— Of course. No one will scold me for this for sure. We offer our options, and then we listen to how this music sounds on ice. We take the option that everyone likes and is suitable for ice.

- What does "suitable for ice" mean? Are there any special criteria?

— No. In advance, it is generally very difficult to calculate. It happens that you listen to some composition and think how cool it will sound in the ice palace, and how great it will be to skate to it. And then you come, put it on - but it doesn't sound. That is, you hear that it is not suitable for ice. But there are reverse situations. It seems to be nothing special, but you put it on the rink and you hear - it's cool, this is just what you need to ride under!

- Now you have decided on the music. What's next?

- Next, we think over the images. Simply put, we decide what we want to play: love, drama or something else. Well, after that we already decide on the choreography.

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Is this the job of a coach?

- Not only. Sometimes Kirill and I just go somewhere in the corner of the rink and "poking around" - we try different paths and steps, and Alexander Vyacheslavovich (Zhulin, the couple's coach - approx. comes up later and corrects. Coaches love it when we not only do what they say, but also show independence. And it is right. This makes the program more complete, and we can feel it more strongly.

- At the same time, it is important not to forget about the mandatory elements . ..

- In ice dancing, as most people probably know, there is a short and free program. According to the regulations, a short dance is "given" for the season. This year, for example, the paso doble was chosen for the short dance. Free dance can be anything, but there is a certain set of elements that athletes must perform. In freestyle, these are tracks, twizzles, lifts, rotations.

- Decipher the word "twizzle" for those who don't know.

- When performing a twizzle, the skater turns on one foot clockwise or counterclockwise, but does not remain in one place, but moves along the ice - in an arc or in a straight line.

- From year to year, the requirements for the short and free programs do not change?

- Change. In a new way, you can make tracks, for example. Most often, major changes occur in the season immediately after the Olympics. In other years, only some minor adjustments are possible.

- In ice dancing, in addition to the mandatory elements, there are also forbidden ones.

— Yes. For example, we, unlike sports couples, cannot do jumps more than one revolution - for this they remove penalty points, and sometimes they can even disqualify.

- Do you prepare the program first in the hall? Or do you go straight to the ice?

- We immediately put on an ice dance. Not everything that you could do "on the floor" can be reproduced just as beautifully and confidently on the skating rink. So why do double work, and then redo something?

- As far as I understand, an athlete is involved in everything: from selecting music to creating images. Do you also take part in tailoring of costumes?

- People from the atelier we work with come to our training. They look at our story, what heroes we have, and come up with costume ideas. From the proposed sketches, we choose what we like best, sometimes we offer our own ideas. So yes, we are directly involved in the development of costumes.

- Are there any mandatory requirements for costumes?

- Only one thing - the dress should not be too revealing. If I'm not mistaken, no more than 60 percent of the body can be exposed.

— How often do you change skates?

- In general, for each season we are preparing two pairs of skates. They are made to individual measurements. This year, experts came to us from Italy. But to be honest, I try to change my skates as little as possible. I can skate two seasons in one. The fact is that breaking in new “shoes” is a whole story. At first, it is hard, you rub calluses to the point of blood, your legs can hurt for a week, or even one and a half. And if your skates are in good condition after the previous season, then it’s more convenient to continue skating on them.

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— How do skaters define discipline? For example, why did you decide to go into dancing, and not into single or pair skating?

- This is a completely different story for me. At first, I worked out as a "single skater". And then I had to move on to another coach. He was a very kind man, but sometimes he shouted at his students. I got scared and said that I would not work with a person who was yelling at me. I decided to give up figure skating and play tennis. But somehow it didn't work out with him. And then my mother was told that there was an opportunity for me to practice ice dancing. Here we agreed.

— How are dance partners selected? By weight and height?

— There are no special parameters. It is important that the girl is no taller than her partner, the rest is not so critical. Then it’s just at the level of “flair” whether a couple looks or not. If the skaters look, feel each other and can work with each other, then they will make a good couple.

Are you fighting with your partner?

- It doesn't happen that we don't talk for weeks. But sometimes we argue about some working issues. This is fine. I don't know a single couple that has never quarreled.

- In conclusion, give advice to those who are just getting on skates.

- You need to start small. Now, I remember, they gave me a chair, I "rolled" it in front of me, held on to it and rode like that. The basic element to master is the so-called sliding step, or what is usually called the herringbone. Once you have learned how to make a herringbone and maintain balance, you can try steps back. Well, then it will be time to start on more serious elements.

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Russian figure skaters told RT about the upcoming European Championship - RT in Russian

Russian figure skaters Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin approach the European Championship starting in the Czech Republic as shadow favorites of the competition. In an interview with RT, the wards of Alexander Svinin and Irina Zhuk told how to dance hip-hop on skates, perform tango until dawn and surprise the viewer with “pistols”.

Having updated their personal records and established themselves as the second pair of Russia in figure skating, Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin are preparing for the main tournaments of the season, the first of which will be the European Championships in Czech Ostrava. The RT correspondent visited the training of figure skaters and caught them doing an almost criminal act for an athlete - eating pizza.

RT: Alexandra, can skaters have pizza?

A.S.: Why not? Sometimes you can indulge yourself in harm.

IB: In fact, today is just Ivan Volobuev's (former figure skater, member of the Russian national team, now coach. - RT ) birthday, he treats everyone. So once a year, in honor of the holiday, you can.

RT: So you have no problems with weight control?

A.S.: Boys definitely don’t, but I had a period when I had to control my weight and follow a certain diet. Now everything is much simpler, and in general I do not have a genetic predisposition to be overweight, my parents are also quite slender.

RT: This season is in many ways defining for the Olympic cycle, it was important not to miscalculate with the program. When you chose hip-hop for a short dance, did you understand that this is a rare genre for figure skating?

A.S.: Actually, for this reason, we stopped at it. To be honest, we were sure that Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Sizeron (French, two-time world champions . - RT ) would choose hip-hop because we watched Instagram videos of them dancing on the floor. But it turned out that they also had a short dance in a different style.

RT: And yet, why hip-hop?

A.S.: First of all, these are “battles”. A street style that originated in America, when on the same site we see a confrontation between two or more performers - dancers, rappers.

IB: These are tough dances that are fun to watch and keep the audience on their toes until the very end.

A.S.: They don't have straight lines, they have jagged tempo. But since we are doing them on skates, of course, we need to adjust the movements so that they look beautiful on the ice.

RT: Did the melody in the short dance suit you?

IB: You know, we have been looking for suitable music specifically for hip-hop on ice for so long that when we came to the final version, we were already sure that the program would be great. No wonder we worked so much with our hip-hop teacher. Then specialists from the federation came to our skating rink, who also said that the dance turned out well.

AS: Do you know when we realized that we were on the right track? When our music sounded on the ice, and the guys who practice with us started dancing to it or moving to the beat, it was cool.

RT: Who was the original idea for tango in the free dance?

A.S.: The coaches usually announce the options first…

I.B.: Although we wanted to tango. But we didn’t talk about it out loud, it was our thoughts and coaching ideas that coincided.

A.S.: But I felt that we would have tango. Curious moment. When we were given programs two years ago, with which we got into the prize-winners of the European Championship, I thought it would be better not to do it. Then last year's season came, there were new productions, I thought again - oh, well, where could it be better? And now there is tango. This is very cool, if only because the dance itself is a new look from our choreographer Pyotr Chernyshev. And the very principle of working with him was different from what we are used to. We worked at night, spent a lot of time on the ice, we were so captivated by the process that we didn’t even notice the time. It happens that you leave the skating rink, and then the dawn comes.

RT: And when did Natalya Bestemyanova get involved in the creative process?

IB: It was already after the first tournament of the season in Finland.

RT: What was her help?

A.S.: Basically it's choreography. She helped us correct certain moments where we felt uncomfortable. Our coaches see us on the ice all the time, but Natasha and Vanya's dad see us much less often, so it's very useful when they look at you with a fresh look.

RT: Is the choice of tango a target for the Olympic year?

A.S.: If only in terms of passion and emotions, because the dances themselves are quite different.

RT: Which of the contestants of this season's program was the most memorable?

A.S.: I really like the free program of Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

IB: And for me - the program of their compatriots Caitlin Weaver and Andrew Poje.

RT: What about the reigning world champions?

IB: Well, technically they're on top as always. ..

AS: I think their short dance is hard for a couple. They do not look as powerful in it as, say, last year in an arbitrary.

RT: Who is in charge of style and costumes in your duo?

A.S.: This season we have a new suit tailor. But I don’t remember that they brought us any sketches, it so happened that the choice of costumes for the programs was a trial and error process. For example, we wanted to try pants for me in a short dance, but could not figure out what to wear on top. Then Vanya's mother brought some interesting options. I decided to choose one of them, the same black corset, which was then pasted over with stones, and this is how the costume turned out. We don't have a personal stylist.

RT: Continuing the topic of costumes, I suggest you remember the moment when you, Sasha, got caught on your dress with your skate during the training session before the Grand Prix and fell off the twizzles. What happened there?

A.S.: This has never happened before - neither at home in training, nor at competitions. The funny thing is, I don't even understand how it happened. At first I thought that it was just a skate flying off the rib. We continued rolling, then Vanya told me: “Sasha, your skirt is torn.” It was only then that it became clear that it was I who ran into the dress with a skate.

RT: Did you ever want to shorten the dress after that?

A.S.: And we shortened it together with Irina Vladimirovna. You won’t perform with a hole in your skirt, they took scissors and cut off a piece, and then trimmed it under normal conditions. Since then, the length has remained the same.

RT: Why did you leave your signature “pistols” only for the free dance this year, and in the short you perform standard twizzles?

IB: Sometimes you have to let the viewer be surprised.

A.S.: They were simply perceived so well from the beginning that two years later many began to present themselves as our trademark. And so that there was no feeling of secondary nature - they say, these twizzles will do their own again - we approached the coaches and offered to leave the “pistols” to the free program. Let people see that we can do more than just that.

RT: Half of the season is over. Both the personal record and the second place at the Russian Championship make it clear that you are in great shape. But to be at such a height for a long time is difficult even psychologically. The burden of responsibility does not press?

A.S.: Absolutely not. I had such a feeling only once - after bronze at the European Championships in 2015. It was unexpected, I went to the World Cup with the mood to break everyone. And sat on her back. This is a lesson. And in the current season, we somehow went in a completely new way.

IB: Yes, they just got more experienced. We realized that we don’t need to rush forward headlong, we need to work and prove with every start that we are not random people here.

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RT: Will you no longer worry about the main tournaments?

A.S.: There will be hardly any jitters, this is still the highest degree of nervousness. But it is also difficult to expect complete calm, very few skaters can keep it before the start.

IB: And it's not always good, it's also unpleasant to ride emotionally empty.

AS: Let me tell you a story. At all starts before the Russian Championship, I was most worried about the free dance. Although during the season everything was successful both there and there, nothing was torn off, but more energy is spent on the free program, and you have to keep the concentration longer. And in Chelyabinsk, for some unknown reason, I began to get nervous about the short one. And it was not easy for me, I was even more tired from this nervousness than from performing the elements. At the end, my legs gave way. And in the free program I look like this and think - well, wow, I'm going!

RT: Rental ends, ratings light up. Vanya and Irina Vladimirovna rejoice with all their hearts, Sasha and Alexander Vasilievich carefully study the amount of points. Does this reaction also become a trademark of your team?

A.S.: Well, why, we have one photo that stands out from this row. It was made when we took third place in China and got good points for the free program. I have a very surprised face in this photo - this is probably the only case when I reacted so emotionally.

RT: Do you keep track of your records?

A.S.: Not really. Somehow I didn’t even remember the amount that we received at certain tournaments before. Ask me how much we had, for example, in Finland for an arbitrary - I will not answer.

I.B.: 103. Over.

A.S.: In general, I think that an absentee comparison of the best results does not say anything, because at each start there is a different refereeing team. There will be a European Championship, there, perhaps, ten duets will receive sky-high points and block a personal record, or perhaps the winners will be given less than they had at the Grand Prix stages.

RT: The new year has just begun. What is the most unusual gift found under the tree?

A.S.: I love giving gifts much more than receiving them.

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