What is Ice Dancing?

Ice dancing is a form of figure skating which draws from the world of ballroom dancing. It was first competed at the World Figure Skating Championships in 1952, but did not become a Winter Olympic Games medal sport until 1976.

The three main components of competitive ice dancing are compulsory dances, original dances, and free dance.  At social ice dance sessions and ice dance weekends, the compulsory dances with a set pattern are typically skated.