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December 28, 2004

Dance Roller Skating Patterns

These dance-skating diagrams are cool, and look pretty accessible. I think notation like this could be useful for describing tango dance, although I am not exactly sure what the codes mean. My own notation evolves, but is not systematic.

If anyone can explain figure skating codes, I would be grateful for a reply in the comments link, below.

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Posted by joegrohens at December 28, 2004 01:22 AM


Yes, I know a little bit about figure skating notation (I tried ice dancing for awhile). The F's and B's are Forward and Back and the I's and O's indicate the edge of the blade you are on (inside-outside), while an X means cross. I have the book with all the patterns indicated if you are interested. Thanks for the lesson last night at CM - fun!

Posted by: shelley [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2005 09:17 AM

Hi Shelley,

Knowing what I and O means is really helpful. What is the book called? Maybe I can find it in the library.

And, do you know what the code means where it has an S with an arrow through it and then a B or an F? Does that mean Sideways to Front?


PS -- I think you might be the first person to comment on this blog. I am so grateful!! (And hope you aren't the last.) :-)

Posted by: joey grohens [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2005 12:36 PM

The Siesta Tango pattern must be roller skating, not ice skating, so I don't know what the s with arrow is. The book I have is the U.S. Figure Skating Association Rule Book. B is back; F is forward; XB is cross behind. I'll xerox the tango stuff for you.

Posted by: shelley [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 1, 2005 02:30 PM

Hey Shelley,

I got the photocopies you sent from the figure skating guide book. I think it arrived a while ago, but I just opened it today. I really love it. The descriptions of each figure are so concise. It's a good job of technical writing.

Thanks so much! Hope to see you on the dance floor soon.


Posted by: joey grohens [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 30, 2005 12:27 AM

R-right foot
L-left foot
O-outside edge
I-Inside edge
C-E change of edge
F forward
B backward
Cw clockwise
C Cw counter clockwise
XF cross in front
XB cross behind
S with an arrow means swing free leg
C chase
RC raised chase
DC dropped chase

Posted by: lottie [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 14, 2005 01:52 PM

Dear Lottie,

Thank you for the codes!


Posted by: joey grohens [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 15, 2005 02:55 AM

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