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Synchronized Skating


Synchronized skating is a beautiful sport and is a mix of art, motion and grace , it is a masterpiece

Usually made up of a group of 16 skaters,their basis are the figure skating elements also the formations like circles, blocks ,lines, and wheels.  They can't stop during the program and the movement must be fluid and unison also must cover all the skating surface .

The crystallettes and the Haydenettes of the United States of America (at the picture) are some of the best teams of America .




A little glossary of elements of synchronized skating

1. Formations
Circles: in the definition are a group of skaters skating around a common center using the same kind of arm hold .it can rotate clockwise or counter clockwise ,there is many kind of configuration of circles.

Line: is the most basic of synchronized skating ,skaters line up in a straight line, each skater holding onto the next skater in one of a variety of basic ways. The line advances forward or to the side. The line can contain any number of skaters. Holds may change as the line advances. Skaters may skate forwards or back. Sometimes parallel lines are used.

Block : are a number of lines moving together ,each skater of each row hold each other , the row are not connected to each other, the most usual block formation is rectangular that have the same numbers of skaters at each row.

Intersection : The intersection is a maneuver in which 2 forms "cross" on the ice. In its simplest form, 2 moving straight lines approach each other, either forward or backward. Just before they hit each other, the skaters drop their arms and pass between the skaters of the other line. After the pass-thru, all skaters re-join into their lines. The passthroughs can be done from a variety of basic formations -- lines, blocks, wheels, etc. Often maneuvers such as lunges, spirals, etc enhance the intersection. 

Wheels : A wheel is a formation that is composed of (usually) straight "spokes" rotating around a common center. The number of spokes can vary - typically anywhere from 1 (a straight line) to about 6, depending on team size and the choreography of the program. Skaters maintain holds while the wheel rotates. Often the wheel advances across the ice while rotating.
 2. Synchro skating terms

Assisted Jump: A jump of not more than one revolution, in which a skater(s) provides passive assistance to another skater(s) in a non-supportive role. The take off must be done by the skater who jumps. In this action there is a continuous ascending and descending movement. The hands of the skater(s) providing the passive assistance must not be raised higher than the shoulders.

Configuration (Arrangement/Form): A configuration is the arrangement and/or form of the element. A change in arrangement means that the skaters must change the members beside whom they skate. A change in form means that the number of lines in an element must change (example:  block).

Dance Jump: A small jump or a rotational type movement of not more than one-half (1/2) revolution during which both feet leave the ice.

Free Skating Movements: Free Skating movements such as lunges, spirals, Ina Bauers, spread eagles.

Highlighting: An element in which a skater(s) performs a movement in isolation that is distracting from the performance of the rest of the team.

Jumps: A rotational type of movement of at least one (1) turn during which both feet leave the ice. Jumps of not more than one (1) revolution are permitted.

Lifts in Synchronized Skating: An action in which skater(s) is elevated to any height and set down. During the action, the lifting skater(s) must not raise both hands higher than their head. Any rotations and/or positions and changes of positions during the lift are permitted except sitting or lying on the lifting skater(s) shoulder or back. The lifting skater may rotate but not more than one and a half revolutions. Lifts should enhance the music chosen and express its character, but not be a display of acrobatics. These lifts are permitted in senior free skating only. Acrobatic lifts are defined as moves in which the skater is held by the blade(s), foot (feet), leg(s), or arm(s) and swung around or any lift where the lifted skater(s) is in a vertical sustained position with the head down. These or other such actions which display sheer feats of strength are not permitted.


Movements in Isolation: Movements in isolation are elements where some skaters are isolated from the rest of the team. These movements must show a relationship to the overall elements and enhance the musical interpretation. Movements in isolation (provided these movements are not illegal movements) such as short spins, jumps, spirals etc. and other unique or innovative movements are allowed in free skating only.

Moves in the Field: This is a sequence of movements which may include spirals, arabesques, spread eagles, Ina Bauers and flowing moves with strong edges, which can be connected with linking steps and step sequences.

Spin: A spinning movement with more than one revolution performed on one foot on the spot.

Spiral: A spiral is a glide on long edges in arabesque position in which the free leg is held equal to or higher than hip levels.

Step Sequence: A combination/series of different turns and steps such as three turns, brackets, counters, rockers, mohawks, choctaws, changes of edge, chasses, etc.

Sub-grouping: A subordinate or smaller group(s) without close relationship to the rest of the team: a division of the team into several smaller groups.

Transition: A passage between elements. In the Short Program, transitions necessary to link the required elements are permitted provided they cover less than half of the ice surface.

Twizzle: A traveling turn on one foot with one or more rotations which is quickly rotated with a continuous (uninterrupted) action. The weight remains on the skating foot with the free foot in any position during the turn then placed beside the skating foot to skate the next step.


These Teams have earned my upmost respect as my most fav. Teams in the whole world who I must say because of their talent and great skill have become some of the worlds most famous Top Premier Teams in the US. and worldwide. So I surely hope you all will enjoy this site,and we surely hope you'll come again.

My fav. Synchro. Teams

at the picture :Crystallettes

 Fire on ice  Sydney, New South Wales,  Australia
 Berlin 1  Berlin, Germany
 Haydenettes  Lexington, Massachusetts ,U.S.
 Crystallettes  Dearborn, Michigan
 Team Surprise  Landvetter, Västra Götalandm ,Sweden
 NorternLites  Edmonton , Alberta , Canada
 Team Convivium  British Columbia ,Canada
 Pacific Ice  Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada