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The original dance (OD) was a segment of an ice dancing competition. It was usually the second of three programs, sandwiched between the compulsory dances and the free dance. Until 1994, it was known as the original set pattern dance (OSP). Following the 2009-10 season, the original dance was discontinued and replaced by the short dance (SD).

Each season, the International Skating Union designated a rhythm or set of rhythms that all dancers must perform to in the original dance, but unlike the compulsory dances, the competitors chose their own music (within a specified tempo range) and choreography. The original dance could be compared to the short program in singles and pairs. The length of the program was shorter than the free dance, and the skaters had more rules to which to adhere. The dance had to be choreographed so that the steps did not cross the midline of the rink. There were certain exceptions for this rule that took into account required step sequences such as the diagonal footwork sequence. Closed partnering positions and close skating was also important for the original dance.

List of original dance rhythms by season

The following is a list of senior level original dance rhythms.


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