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!
Friday, March 13, 2020
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
I worked on my ice dances before the class (not shown) but did a little freestyle when it was over.
Friday, March 6, 2020
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
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
- Wide stepping my three turns
- Not really doing a back progressive - they look like chassés sometimes
- Lunging forward when stepping from RFO edge to LFO edge .. especially on three turns
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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)
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
I thought I felt good enough to skate till I got there and tried to stroke!
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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
Big factors I need to work on is POSTURE, UPPER BODY CARRIAGE, SKATING INTO THE ICE AND THREE TURN CONTROL.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
It was imperative that I skated today because I have another lesson tomorrow. I was pretty tired during practice but forced myself to really practice the Hickory Hoedown 4-5 times and I even got my RinkMusic fob to work so I could make a few runs with music.
Dance is really interesting. On the surface I will admit it sometimes seems boring, skating round and round in specific patterns. But trying to hold your upper body in dance frame and getting your edges right and proper extension and the correct steps is not easy. And to anyone who tests or competes in the solo dance series .. hats off to you. I think it’s really hard to dance alone. I prefer leaning on a partner!
Today’s video is a bit long. I tried going through my Moves in the Field and even spit out a few spirals, a waltz jump and a scratch spin at then end of the session.
Friday, January 10, 2020
My takeaway from this lesson - especially after seeing the video is I really need to work on my extension and holding a frame position in my upper body.