The 2021 Competition is at our own EPIC rink!
Early August, 2021
EPIC Productions members do not need to register separately for ensemble events.
Instructions for Solo/Duet Registration
If you are doing a solo or duet event (these are not included in the EPIC Productions program), follow the instructions below.
- Go to the EntryEeze registration site for showcase
- For DUETS: Click the Teams button. Only one person needs to fill out the registration info for a duet.
- For SOLOS or interpretive click the Skaters & Parents button.
- Put in your skater’s USFS number and PIN from a previous competition as prompted.
- For solo/interpretives: Put in skater information, and your own name for Chaperone information (this gets you a badge for each)
- For duets: Create a “team name” that will be read/displayed for the event, and the number of skaters (2).
- Put in your (parent) information for Team Contact and chaperone.
- Use Marianne for your main coach, regardless of your normal main coach (see the handbook if you need their information).
- Fill out the rest of the information, and click “Save skater information” (or “team information”) button at the bottom.
- Under “Select an event” on the right, select the event you want, then “Add to shopping cart.” (for duets, a 30 word description is required on a later screen)
- Practice Ice options will appear on the right (except for Interpretive). Select your Practice Ice and add to cart.
- Click the “Go to shopping cart” button on the right (then “No…” skipping the additional mechandise)
- For duets, click “Take me to the team roster now” and enter information for BOTH skaters (USFS number, date of birth, skate levels, and email)
- When you’re done, click the Shopping Cart button and finish checkout.
- After you’re registered and paid, you can go to the music upload page and upload an MP3 of your music. Music deadline is mid-July.
- Be prepared to spend much of the competition days at the rink doing practice ice, watching your teammates, and doing off-ice (along with your own solo or duet events, of course!)
- Finals are the last day of the competition. Watching the final performances is highly recommended!
The National Showcase Competition is an annual non-qualifying competition held by U.S. Figure Skating that fuses artistic creativity with skating for single skaters, duets, ensembles of 3 – 7 and production numbers of 8 – 30 skaters of all levels, from no-test to adult.
The competition is 5 exciting days during the first week of August. Most showcase numbers are 2–6 minute programs with music from popular Broadway or movie musicals, such as Hamilton, Lion King, Moana, Diary of a Nerd, Chicago, and Monsters, Inc.
Showcase uses 6.0 judging for all events. To compete with solo and duet events, skaters must place in the top four at any USFS Showcase/ entertainment event the previous year and be freeskate level Preliminary or above.
Judging criteria from the 2021 new guidelines:
- Showcase Skating Skills (25%)
Showcase skating is the way an athlete uses their skating and physical ability to convey their act on the ice surface. It must show a quality to support the selected theatrical performance, and show abilities in the skating vernacular, such as balance, glide, acceleration, ice coverage, one-foot skating, etc. Technical elements often found in singles should not be directly rewarded except where they are directly integrated into the performance and advance the story/theme/concept.
- Performance & Projection: Universe, Musicality and Feeling (35%)
The physical, emotional and artistic involvement of a skater, using their ability to create a universe. This performance has continuous development of the theme and universe from beginning to end, while displaying their musicality skills. It is a measure of how skaters use the ice, music, and the space around them to project feeling and musical awareness into the subconscious of the audience.
- Artistic Appeal with Innovation & Creativity (40%)
A performance is truly entertaining when it is in the eyes, ears, and hearts of the audience. It is a measure of how audience members remember the program, how they felt during the performance, their level of involvement during the program, what they take away from it, and how long after they will recall it. The meaning and feeling should be unique and personal. The question to be answered is: Will I remember what I have seen, and would I like to see it again?
In 2017, 541 individual skaters and 111 teams from across the country competed in nearly 837 events at the competition. Some rinks focus only on this theatrical style of skating, auditioning in the fall and rehearsing all year for this competition. For that reason, the competition is fierce. Don’t expect an easy win here!
A different style of competition
The style of showcase skates is different than the Light or Dramatic Entertainment programs FCFSC skaters might be used to. Numbers for this competition often include spoken dialog and skaters frequently address the judges directly. There are very few high level jumps or spins used, as they don’t improve skater scores directly. Instead, the focus is on excellent interpretation of the music. In groups, synchronization is key!
No credit is given to jump difficulty, and a beautiful skate with no clear character or story will likely place lower than a simpler program with terrific characters acted out well on the ice. Originality, humor, and above all, expressiveness are important for this competition. Vital to all events are acting, costumes, props, and scenery, and the most successful competitors have clear characters, mouth the words to dialog in songs, and perform stories on the ice.
Want to see more? Take a look at the video of EPIC Production’s 2018 performance!