On The Edge... Again

The last time I skated regularly, you needed 2 pair of skates, a scribe and skated patch. Triple jumps were almost unheard of, so were Bielman spins. Twizzles were only done by ice dancers and Ronald Regan was just elected into office.


Fast Forward 32 years. Starting January 2, 2012, I am back on the ice doing something else that was unheard of .... Adult Figure Skating. We had "coffee club", which was like adult swim, but there was no opportunity for testing or competition.


It has now been 8 years since I got back on the ice. I have not competed since 2016 , but my blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1600 subscribers. That’s just crazy!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Another New Rink in Arizona - Peoria

I got to Gilbert AZ Ice today for a published public session from 9:45 to 11:45 but it had been swapped out for hockey.  What to do - all dressed for skating and nowhere to go .. I search the area for sessions.... Scottsdale .. no ... Chandler .. no ... Peoria ... YES!  I would be a little late for the start but they had a Coffee Club from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm.... Siri ... I need directions to ...

A quiet coffee club.  No instruction, just adult skating.  Good music playing .. (I muted it on the video however) - I didn’t really meet anyone except a nice girl named Rachel from Disney on Ice who is on hiatus from the show due to the COVD-19 ..

- These are crazy times.

I did a lot of ice dance practice and also MIF but if you follow my blog .. and videos you will notice how utterly BORING both of those things are to watch.  Unless you have someone following you with a camera .. Ice dance practice just isn’t feasible.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Another Ice Cafe in Scottsdale

I went to another Ice Cafe adult session w/lesson today.  Met some amazing adult skaters and enjoyed the edge class with coach Grant Rorvick again.

I worked on my ice dances before the class (not shown) but did a little freestyle when it was over.


Friday, March 6, 2020

Thursday in Scottsdale, Friday in Gilbert

Thursday I drove up to Scottsdale to attend an adult session called Ice Cafe.  It’s 90 minutes of ice time with a lesson included by a coach de jour ... This week it was Grant Rorvick.  Great fun.  Nothing but edges with extension and arms to help us look like REAL skaters!

After that was my first lesson with head coach for ice dance, Todd Gilles.  It was great having someone to hang onto!  I wish I had more footage of us partnering but we had to break it down and work on some issues.

Friday I also skated at Gilbert Ice without a lesson and did 1 run of each of the dances without a partner.  I feel like I am learning to skate all over again with ice dancing.








Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Turns on the Short Axis

Well all good things come to an end.  Today - out of respect for another skater who does not wish to be shown on YouTube or my blog - I chose not to record my practice session today.  I worked on all my Bronze dances with music in my Bluetooth hat!   I didn’t have enough stamina to bother putting on the real music and trying to skate them.  I thought I would be getting stronger - skating more and working at it but I feel some killer fatigue - it’s probably the excess weight.

Anyway, after this camera shy - privacy seeking adult skater left the ice;  it was business as usual for the remainder of the session. I was tired from my dance runs so I just did some turns practice on the short axis.

My current dance coach here in Arizona also requested that I do not post our lessons with audio or with subtitles explaining her coaching methods.  I will have to abide by the rules, but I’ll still be posting my practice sessions.


Friday, February 28, 2020

Baby Steps - Another Dance Lesson

Today I had another lesson and 1/2 on my Bronze dances.  I am making a little progress but the things that I am struggling with are


  1. Wide stepping my three turns
  2. Not really doing a back progressive - they look like chass├ęs sometimes
  3. Lunging forward when stepping from RFO edge to LFO edge .. especially on three turns

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Practice Day Finally

I have been skating only once a week for a while now, taking a lesson on the day I skate.  This is a really bad plan for learning anything - lessons without practice -

During my session today I practiced all three of the Bronze Ice Dances.  I have probably said this before, but I must reiterate: Dancing solo is much harder than dancing with a partner.  You really have to feel secure on your edges, especially the back edges.

It’s not the best video but you can see my trouble areas.

  • Wide stepping the three turn on the Hickory Hoedown
  • Going off pattern during the swing roll
  • Doing Chasses vs back progressives on the Willow Waltz
  • Wide stepping the three turn on the Willow Waltz
  • Messing up the steps on all dances especially the Ten Fox (It’s pretty new)
But I do feel progress is being made.  Just not as quickly as I would like.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Some Renegade Freestyle Today

After my dance lesson this morning - I decided to go rogue and skate a bit of freestyle today.
I miss it but wont return until I shed some of this weight.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Skating through a Cold

I had to reschedule another lesson due to company and that usually means an early morning skate.  Today I also have a cold and I was SO OUT OF BREATH we didn’t even run a dance with music on.
I thought I felt good enough to skate till I got there and tried to stroke!


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Ten Fox Lesson

Today I had an early morning (for me) lesson as an early makeup lesson - due to company coming to visit.  Sacrifices must be made!  My new coach who I really adore is Sue Burdick.  If anyone reading this blog skates in Arizona - she is available for coaching at Gilbert AZ Ice.  We are just clicking and I am really enjoying her method of coaching.  She is encouraging and explains things to me in a way that sinks in (most of the time!)

I didn’t think I was going to try to learn the Ten Fox but she thinks it’s something I can do.  Practice time is my problem.  There will be a test session in March sometime so I need to get more ice time if that is going to happen.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Early Morning Lesson .. Yawn

This morning I had a lesson - rescheduled due to a hockey tournament during my regular time.  I am not a morning person! Of course I was late and it cut into 10 minutes of my lesson, but I still had 20 minutes of helpful coaching!

Big factors I need to work on is POSTURE, UPPER BODY CARRIAGE, SKATING INTO THE ICE AND THREE TURN CONTROL.