Artistry and Grace: See Ice Dancing’s Short Program

The French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, four-time world champions, are the big favorites for gold in ice dancing, which began with the rhythm dance event on Saturday on Beijing.

Just like the pairs figure skating event, the routines are performed by a man and a woman, often dancing hand in hand. But ice dancing strips down some of the more acrobatic elements of pairs skating, prohibiting spiraling jumps and high-flying lifts. Many have drawn comparisons to ballroom dancing.

Twenty-three teams are performing on Saturday, and 20 advance to the free skate on Monday in Beijing (Sunday night in the United States). Scores from the two events will be combined to determine the medal winners.

Natalie Taschlerova and Filip Taschler of the Czech Republic.
Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev of Poland.
Maria Kazakova and Georgy Reviya of Georgia.
Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin of Russia.Credit…James Hill for The New York Times

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