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!
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
I also took a private lesson on Tuesday with Michele. It went something like this:
The video below was my personal favorite this week. Anita Hartshorn gave a clinic on moves in the field. We were split into groups: No test - through Bronze went with Frank and Silver and up went with Anita. We focused on Power Circles beginning with the best preparatory exercise ... pump and chasse with no crossover. Learning to stay low in the knees or "stay loaded" is the key to creating the proper stroke.
IMPORTANT CORRECTION FROM ANITA
"On the front crossover you don't STEP WIDE...it is the FREE LEG that come around wide - like moving on the furthest spectrum of the rainbow not the middle spectrum."
Friday's Coffee Club with Ryan Bradley was all about Three Turns. Another staple of figure skating and something we all need more work on doing properly!
The next videos are from the 2nd of two private pairs lessons I took with Frank Sweiding. Darn it.. my camera was off for lesson number one when we did warm up patterns and a pivot spiral. Today's lesson was on a few connecting moves he likes to use when testing his pairs students. Video 2 is from another camera inside the rink.
Here's a very short clip of my friends and I on beautiful Sun Valley ice.
My final video is my ice dancing lesson with Chris Obzansky. I'm working on the Bronze Ice Dances and this lesson covered the Willow Waltz and the Ten Fox (but the Ten Fox isn't filmed) Chris was a fantastic instructor. I wish he lived closer to my home rink.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
So far I have only skated 2 times since July 7. I've just returned from another 9 days away. As you can imagine, most of the session was spent trying to "feel the ice" again.