Moves in the field
Requires footwork in patterns
around the ice surface that involve turns and edges used in
figures, freestyle, pairs, and ice dance. These tests are performed
in silence, rather than to music. The first level, the
pre-preliminary test, is followed by preliminary, pre-juvenile,
juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, and senior/gold for a total
of eight different test levels.
Each test has several required
moves in the field patterns that focus on power, edge quality,
quickness, and/or extension. Once all patterns are performed, the
judges may ask a skater to perform one of the patterns a second
time (that is, if an error was made, but the remainder of the test
Elements such as jumps, spins,
footwork, and connecting steps including moves in the field are
required for freestyle tests. No music is used for the
pre-preliminary level. Programs choreographed to music with
specified elements are required for the preliminary through senior
In order to qualify to take a
freestyle test, the skater must first pass the moves in the field
test at the corresponding level. A skater may be asked to
demonstrate competency in up to two missed elements at the
completion of a freestyle program. This decision will be made by
the judge(s) only if the remainder of the test was passing.
Tests are available for adult
skaters (those aged 21 or older) in all disciplines mentioned
above; moves in the field, free skating, pairs, and dance. Levels
for adult moves in the field and free skating are adult pre-bronze,
adult bronze, adult silver, and adult gold. Adult pair test levels
are adult bronze, adult silver, and adult gold.
For dance, adult skaters test the
same dances and levels as the standard track skaters, but adult and
masters dance tests need only be skated with a partner, not
The interpretation of flowing steps
to music with a focus on rhythm, expression, and technique.
Compulsory dances involve a specified pattern performed to
pre-selected music, and free dance requires individualized
choreography of specified elements to music chosen by the
The dances can be taken
either standard (with a partner) or solo-track (without a partner).
The testing levels are preliminary, pre-bronze, bronze, pre-silver,
silver, pre-gold, gold, and international.
Each USFSA ice dance level consists
of three to four compulsory dances. The entire group of dances in a
level must be passed before testing a dance in a higher level.
Dances in each level are listed below. Patterns for these dances
are provided in the USFSA rulebook.
(Dutch Waltz, Canasta Tango, Rhythm Blues)
Pre-bronze (Swing, Cha Cha, Fiesta Tango)
Bronze (Hickory Hoedown, Willow Waltz, Ten Fox)
Pre-silver (Fourteen step, European Waltz, Foxtrot)
Silver (American Waltz, Tango, Rocker Foxtrot)
Pre-gold (Kilian, Blues, Paso Doble, Starlight Waltz)
Gold (Viennese Waltz, Westminster Waltz, Quickstep, Argentine
International (Austrian waltz, Cha Cha Congelado, Golden Waltz,
Midnight Blues, Rhumba, Silver Samba, Tango Romantica, Yankee
Pair skaters are judged for degree
of unison as well as for completion of skating elements. Pair test
levels are preliminary, juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, and
All tests are performed to music,
except the preliminary test, for which music is optional.