The World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships (WFFSC) connects figure skating with art in unique and meaningful ways. At this auspicious international event, skating and art combine to create a diverse series of components within this exceptional five-day event. There truly is nothing else like it on Earth.

With skating performances on black ice, these World Championships offer a blend of skating and the art of the fancy, artistic figures created on the ice by skaters’ blades.


  • Oct 04 — 08, 2023

    World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships on black ice events
    Thursday, Oct. 5th

    • World Skating Artists will perform and compete the following patterns from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. :
      • Quad Cupcake with 3’s
      • The Braxel
      • Deux Boucles et Pirouette
    • 6:30 p.m. Fancy Skating (taping with GoPros)

    Friday, October 6th

    • 9am to Noon – Practice, Lessons & Workshops for all levels
    • 1:00 – 4:50 p.m. – Film Creative Figures + continue practice lessons & workshops
    • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – To be announced – Practice

    World’s Finals are Saturday, Oct. 7th starting from:

    • 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. with the
      • Creative Figures
      • Maltese Cross
      • Loop de Loops
    • 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Fancy Skating Finals
    • 9:15 p.m. Crystal Carpet Award Ceremony

    Sunday, October 8th
    World Jr. Figure & Fancy Skating Championships +
    Inclusive Skating

    • Official practice is all morning for all ages and levels.
    • Noon to 5:00 p.m. – World Juniors Men’s & Ladies + Inclusive Skaters
    • World Juniors Red Carpet Award Ceremony
    • Suzanne Shelley Clark Awards

    ​Followed by:

    World Figure Sport’s Skating Hall of Fame & World Art welcomes Art of the Olympians,
    Roy Blakey Collection, Lake Placid Skater’s Reunion, and the public ​to:
    The Crystal Skating Ball on ​Sunday evening October 8th, 2023 starting at 6 p.m. Art of the Olympians Cocktail Party
    Cash Bar is open to the public
    Make reservations to attend the Crystal Skating Ball’s VIP Party – Sponsored by World Art.
    Please place RSVP with WFS below

Event Offerings

Within it, the words “Figures” and “Fancy Skating” are the historically accurate, original terms for artistic (or freestyle or free) skating and the figures (or patterns) that were a component of figure skating in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These terms and performances are both a professional skating legacy that originated in this Belle Epoque of skating as reflected in the designs of jewels and art of this period.

Since its much-celebrated debut in Lake Placid in 2015, the World Figure Sport Society (WFSS) has served to elevate the art of skating by uniting it with fine arts, with music and the performing arts, with decorative arts and the art of jewelry. This amazing event also includes as central features the following components:

  • a fine decorative art and recording art exhibit
  • a day of practice and filming of competitors and their works on black ice
  • lessons and workshops for skaters of all levels
  • a day of accessible family skating that welcomes people of all abilities
  • a Saturday finals competition
  • a fancy Sunday evening ball that blends the event’s historical aspects with modernity
  • Tiffany Awards, bestowing jeweled antique skate blades to winners

All these components of WFFSC together are the legacies of Sonja Henie’s extravagant ice shows and Dick Button’s professional competitions, which are what make Lake Placid such a befitting home for this event.

culture, art, and sport

WFSS is an organization that serves skating artists as well as culture, fine arts, and sport. Through this major world level event, they provide modern skating artists a platform that propels the greatest of them upward with major world level competition titles.


The event is also a unifying force that brings together culture, art, and sport. Acting as a balance to the sport of figure skating, which is so highly visible around the world, WFFS and this championship event serve to lift the art of skating and elevate the celebrity of skating artists while also bringing recognition of fancy figure skating to audiences around the world.


At the World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships on black ice, the WFFS supports skating artists of all ages, levels, and nationalities and advocates for their participation in the most artistic activity on Earth. Through scholarships, WFSS provides skating experiences for everyone regardless of life challenges. Among those experiences are rare and thrilling opportunities to skate with “The Legends of The Lake” and other Lake Placid skating luminaries. Through these occasions, they pass on the skills and knowledge from elite artists of the past.

Past, Present, and Future

WFSS has stepped up to provide leadership needed to unite the world’s artists to create something unique. Skating legends from the past and performing artists from the present all come together at the World Fancy and Figure Skating Championships for an event that is, at once, historic and contemporary, paving the way for figure and fancy skating to continue to be enjoyed around the world.


Join the world skating community in Lake Placid and be a part of the greatest festival of skating, jewels, and art in the world at the 2023 World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships on black ice from October 4th – 8th.  The evening of Sunday, October 8th includes the Black Ice-Skating Ball & Reunion.


The event is open to the public. Donations are accepted at the door and online to further WFFS’s scholarships and benevolence.