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, 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!