The goal of this society had four parts: correctly use rescue equipment when skaters fell through the ice, give instruction on how to skate, provide constructive feedback on how to improve one's skating, and create and maintain a friendly feeling among the skaters. In 1870, Mr. Jackson Haines was the first figure skater to combine dance moves, specifically ballet moves, with skating. This routine was set to music. Because of this marriage of dance moves and music, Mr. Haines is credited with being the father of modern figure skating. The International Skating Union (ISU) was formed in 1892 to create and regulate the rules and judging of skating. The 1908 Olympics saw the debut of figure skating and it has evolved to the modern day version of today.
This year, the Olympics will feature many figure skaters, both individual and team skaters. There will be the traditional skaters who will incorporate dance moves, jumps, spins, and flips into their routines, and then there will be the ice dancing teams, which will not have their skates leave the ice. The fact that figure skating has branched out so effortlessly and so beautifully to ice dancing leaves the sport open to new interpretations of the sport and perhaps in a few decades, a new branch of this sport will emerge to be added into the history books.