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Ice Dance Championships bring it all together

July 31, 2019
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The glamour of dance, the athleticism of sport and the art of figure skating. All three combine to form the sport of ice dancing, which will be on full display at the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships and the Ice Dance International from Tuesday, July 30 through Friday, Aug. 2 at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.

The Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships, celebrating over 80 years of ice dance competition in Lake Placid, will include dance events for 250 skaters of all ages and abilities. The Ice Dance International will provide an opportunity for elite international ice dancers to compete against one another.

The traditional Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships consists of several dance events, including solo dance, compulsory dance and free dance, for all levels. This year, it is part of the new US Figure Skating National Qualifying Series, which is a series of official U.S. Figure Skating-approved competitions hosted by member clubs nationwide. The events are conducted in a standard format, where athletes can earn official scores toward sectional and national rankings.

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American skaters Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter compete on their way to victory in last year’s Lake Placid Ice Dance International Senior division.
Provided photo — Daphne Backman,

The Championships is also a part of the US Figure Skating Solo Dance Competition Series, which provides an opportunity for ice dancers at the Standard Levels to compete and qualify for the National Solo Dance Final.

The concurrent Ice Dance International, now in its fourth year, is an ISU Minimum Technical Score event which features advanced junior and senior ice dancers, meaning competitors must meet a minimum score at an ISU-recognized international event in the current or preceding season to compete in Lake Placid. For ice dance fans, the International is a way to enjoy elite-level ice dance and get an early glimpse of high-level dance teams' programs before the international fall skating season begins. With nearly 40 dance teams competing, all seeking valuable pre-season feedback from the officials, spectators will be treated to high-level performances from competitors from all over the world.

The event begins with practices on Tuesday, July 30, and competition begins on Wednesday, July 31 at 9 a.m.

For more information on the Ice Dance Championships and Ice Dance International, including schedules, visit



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