Crocker improvisation

Paul Crocker Improvisation competition

The improvisation is a competition based on artistic interpretation of the music the skaters are presented with on the day of the competition.  Those entered into the improvisation will be taken to a changing room and the music will be played on a loop for 10 minutes.  This gives all the skaters time to think about how and what they will do on the ice.  The music is then turned off and the first skater will be called to skate.

Apart from a warm-up time, once music has started no skaters will be allowed out of the rooms until their name is called.  When the entry list and skate order are published, the names for the improvisation competition will be in alphabetical order, NOT draw order.

More emphasis is being placed on the ACTING / ARTISTIC / PRESENTATION of the skate rather than the technical ability.  Dress to be of non-descript nature - no theme based costumes or props are permitted.

The classes for this competition are:

Class 1 – Under level one – 1 minute skate to pre-set music

The theme for this group is: SPEED

Adrenaline fuelled racing and fast paced characters! Your performance should imitate or include the feel of speed and excitement! It could be in a race, in a getaway, preparing for a race or even chasing someone – ANY SCENARIO. It could be in ANY mode of travel from running to flying to driving or free falling! You could be the racer, the chaser or the vehicle or just portray the excitement as a witness to the exciting SPEED!!

Class 2 – Level 1 and over – 1 min skate to pre-set music

The theme for this group is: A NEW DAY

A new day, a new chance, a new start. Place yourself in any part of the world, as anything you like, with a fresh start. Perhaps it’s a sunrise morning in a forest as a young animal? Perhaps it’s the start of a new life abroad? Perhaps it’s the start of new beginnings (like when Scrooge wakes on Christmas morning in “A Christmas Carol”). Or perhaps it’s being given a second chance at life? Whatever story you choose it must be as obvious as possible in your skating. You could literally “wake up” or “open a door” or “hatch from an egg”!! Spend a moment to think of your story and your character before deciding your skating elements.