Original dance

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform their flamenco original dance at the 2010 World Championships

The original dance (OD) was a segment of an ice dancing competition. It was usually the second of three programs, sandwiched between the compulsory dances and the free dance. Until 1990, it was known as the original set pattern dance (OSPD). Following the 2009-10 season, the original dance was discontinued and replaced by the short dance (SD).

Each season, the International Skating Union designated a rhythm or set of rhythms that all dancers must perform to in the original dance, but unlike the compulsory dances, the competitors chose their own music (within a specified tempo range) and choreography. The original dance could be compared to the short program in singles and pairs. The length of the program was shorter than the free dance, and the skaters had more rules to which to adhere. The dance had to be choreographed so that the steps did not cross the midline of the rink.[clarification needed] There were certain exceptions for this rule that took into account required step sequences such as the diagonal footwork sequence. Closed partnering positions and close skating was also important for the original dance. The current world record holders for the original dance are Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir with 70.27 points.

List of original dance rhythms by season[edit]

Tanja Kolbe / Sascha Rabe perform the tango original dance.

The following is a list of senior level original dance rhythms.

Season Rhythm[1]
1983–1984 Paso Doble
1984–1985 Quickstep
1985–1986 Polka
1986–1987 Viennese Waltz
1987–1988 Tango
1988–1989 Charleston
1989–1990 Samba
1990–1991 Blues
1991–1992 Polka
1992–1993 Viennese Waltz
1993–1994 Rhumba
1994–1995 Quickstep
1995–1996 Paso Doble
1996–1997 Tango
1997–1998 Jive
1998–1999 Waltz
1999–2000 Latin Combination: Merengue, Cha Cha, Samba, Mambo, Rumba
2000–2001 Charleston, Foxtrot, Quickstep and March
2001–2002 Tango, Flamenco, Paso Doble and Spanish Waltz
2002–2003 Memories of a Grand Ball: Waltz, Polka, March, and Gallop
2003–2004 Swing Combo: Jive, Boogie Woogie, Jitterbug, Rock N' Roll and Blues
2004-2005 Foxtrot, Quickstep, Charleston
2005–2006 Latin Combination: Merengue, Cha Cha, Samba, Mambo, Rumba
2006–2007 Tango
2007–2008 Folk, Country
2008-2009 Rhythms of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s
2009–2010 Folk, Country[2]
2010–2011 The ISU planned "Rhythms and Dances of the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s",[3] before discontinuing the OD.

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