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.
Update 2021. It has now been 9 years since I began adult skating. I have not competed since 2016 , but my blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1.76k subscribers. That’s just crazy!
Saturday, October 29, 2016
It Takes A Village! Pre Bronze Dances Passed!
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.