On The Edge... Again
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!
Saturday, October 29, 2016
A few months ago I started working on ice dance regularly with Mike Otis. He's a member of our club and also a USFSA judge who skated from time to time. I am happy to say I think he is thinking about skating as much as judging these days! He partnered with me for my Preliminary dances on June 3, 2016.
We have been self teaching ourselves the Swing Dance, Cha Cha and Fiesta Tango (which I just learned about 3 weeks ago) without any regular coaching. Mike had already passed the Swing Dance some time ago and he knew most of the steps of the other dances - and we often referred to our Ice Dance book and YouTube!
Each of us had some lessons apart from one another privately and we had a handful of last minute lessons trying to smooth out the rough edges (literally) close to test time.
I thank you all. It really does take a village:
Kendall Tupper LeClaire - Lilac City Figure Skating Club, Spokane WA
Julie Nixon - Lake City Figure Skating Club, Coeur d' Alene, ID
Peter Sasmore - Redwood City, CA
Ryan Yearous - Missoula Figure Skating Club, Missoula, MT
Marie Furnary. - McCall Figure Skating Club, McCall, ID
And to my many YouTube mentors ..... especially to
Kseniya Pomomaryova & Oleg Altukhov (their website)
Fiesta Tango YouTube direct
Daven Lee and Nick Hart
.... Now that I am done with all the THANK YOU's. Here is our test.
Below that are MY judges critiques. I did not post Mike's.
Friday, October 28, 2016
I hope we pass our tests. 5 in total. We are both testing this time - except the Swing Dance. I am the only one being tested as Mike has already passed that test.
Here was our last lesson and run throughs -
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
This is US figure skating's new campaign both to recruit skaters demonstrating that this is a sport that will make you tough and able to succeed in many things if you can conquer "the ice" - also sending a strong message against bullying. The campaign just happened to appear on my Facebook page on the very same day that I had an exquisite fall while skating pairs doing side-by-side flip jumps. I could not resist the opportunity to jump on this bandwagon and put in my two cents as an adult skater.
First from US Figure Skating WeGetUp on Facebook or
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
One is not really a lift but a two footed lunge for the man and a 1 footed lunge for the lady with the left leg bent backward behind the man !!! #2 is a carry lift ... I will now refer to as the "lap dance" !!
Monday, October 17, 2016
We are working on all three of these dances and making about as much progress as the ice time we are putting into it. 3 hours a week minus all the time we spend talking about it and that doesn't leave much practice time. It's like watching a football game, fast forward through all the instant replays and commercials and you get about 12 minutes per game of the ball in play! And apparently one of us was having fun video-bombing!
_ I had a great MIF lesson with Berkley today but I didn't put my camera out during the freestyle session. I really wish I had. We spent the entire lesson working on Power Circles. I basically learned that I don't know how to do proper crossovers most of the time. We are looking for the RUMBLE on each stroke and on both feet. I am guilty of the crossed under foot just going for a ride. I can push, but to get my weight over the right part of the skating foot and really press into the ice on the crossed under foot (both directions forward and backward) - that is going to take some time.
Next week I will publish some video of the exercise she gave me.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
The thing about ice dancing especially at my level is you aren't doing much "off leash" so to speak. You are so busy tethered to each other, counting 1-2-3-4 and most of the dance is facing forward except the Swing Dance and a brief (but scary) Mohawk on the Fiesta Tango.
It felt good to let my hair down today ... although in contrast I put it up in a bun! Last time I skated with Hank my pony tail was slapping him in the face !
We had a great practice. No lesson today but I started and ended the video with pix of us with our pairs coach Chris Anders. I give him a lot of credit for dealing with a couple of old dogs fighting the good fight on old age!
1/2 the practice was not recorded - but we had some good SBS Camel spins and stroking and tracking exercises during our warm up.
We tried the fun "crocodile" spin today. We are working on getting the Axel lift up with me on 1 foot. It didn't happen today, but I am practicing more off ice and hopefully it will come. We'll have a lesson on Tuesday and start thinking about music for our Christmas program December 10th.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016
Cha-Cha steps 8 and 9 are not happening for me. Lifting the left leg on the 2nd beat and doing a 1/2 beat L R afterwards is eluding my cognitive brain/muscle memory.
As for the Fiesta Tango ... I'll let you enjoy the wreck!