The Different Types of Ice Skating

Types of Figure Skating

Ice Dance and Pair Skaters Rebekah and Joel Schneider-Farris
Ice Dance and Pair Skaters Rebekah and Joel Schneider-Farris. Photo © JO ANN Schneider Farris

Before you begin to figure skate, it is wise to get familiar with the different types of ice skating. There are four major branches of figure skating: Singles, Pairs, Ice Dance, and Synchronized Skating.

Single Skating

The most popular form of figure skating is Single Skating. A skater performs jumps, spins, footwork, and other skating moves to music.

  • Single Skating

Pair Skating

Pair Skating is the most thrilling event in figure skating. A man and a woman skate together and perform jumps and spins both together as a pair and side by side in unison. The man lifts and throws the lady.

Ice Dancing

Ice Dancing is really ballroom dancing on the ice. Skaters can skate waltzes, tangos, foxtrots, and other dances. Ice dancing can be done with or without a partner.

  • Ice Dancing

Synchronized Skating

Synchronized Skating is done with a team of twelve to twenty skaters. The team performs a routine in unison to music and skates together in various patterns.

  • Synchronized Skating