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
The following is a list of senior level original dance rhythms.
|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|
|2008-2009||Rhythms of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s|
|2010–2011||The ISU planned "Rhythms and Dances of the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s", before discontinuing the OD.|
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