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!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Sun Valley Adult Skating Week 2020

 It’s Saturday August 29, 2020.  Sun Valley Adult Skating Week 2020 has come to and end. My week will be over this afternoon - after the test session.  As always Sun Valley Adult Skating Week did not disappoint.  All of the group classes were both fun and very helpful when returning home to continue practicing.    

Due to COVID there are some changes this year.  Smaller attendance obviously, but most people are wearing masks on and off the ice.  It’s required on ice only if you are in a partnered pairs or dance lesson, but you will notice more skaters wear a mask than not in the group classes.  I find it very difficult to skate with a mask on.  It’s terribly uncomfortable, hot and humid.  I know I am not being oxygen deprived, but it feels as though I am -so it affects my stamina... which is waning by the year anyway! Masks are also required on the benches outside the indoor rink - which is where we are putting on our skates and leaving our belongings. Outside we use the bleachers to lace up and we only pass through the chalet to check in for sessions and classes.  If you take a private lesson you are also required to have your temperature taken just beforehand.  For the record I was 95, 95, 96, 96, 96 !  

This year I decided to try and test at the end of the week.  I have been taking a daily lesson with Brent Bommentre on the indoor ice every day late in the afternoon.  I never feel completely “ready” for a test, but having a professional skater and coach propping you should take off some of the pressure.  I’ll be testing the Hickory Hoedown, Willow Waltz and the Ten Fox - the Bronze level ice dances.

Sorry the indoor videos - they are difficult to see - It’s impossible to capture ice dancing without someone following you with a camera.

In summary, COVID or not.  Sun ValleyAdult Skating Week is worth the splurge.  The energy, love, camaraderie and scenery are all icing on the cake to a great week of skating.  Thank you Scott Irving and Pam Farr for putting it all together once again.


Patch 7:00 am Monday!


Coffee Club Monday with Frank Sweiding


Arms In Space with Stephanee Grosscup


Spin to Win with Craig Heath


Lesson 1 with Brent Bommentre


Advanced Edge Class with Erin Reed


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Group Photo during Wednesday Coffee Club




Edges and Extension with Erin Reed

                                                                                    

         

Lesson #3 with Brent Bommentre


Wednesday morning patch 8:15


    
                                   

   Program Dance Session


MIF with Anita Hartshorn


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                                                                 Friday morning last patch of the week

         

Coffee Club Friday with Stephanee Grosscup


Edge Jumps with Jonathan Hunt


Lesson #5 - Last lesson with Brent Bommentre before my test!



1 comment:

  1. Such an extensive peek into Adult Week this year! Thanks for posting, not sure how you found the time during the week, you must be quick at all the editing. It's fun for me to see so many folks I know in the videos-- hope you're having a great time, and good luck on your dance test today! I also have had a big ongoing challenge with wide-stepping on the back chasses and progressives, no one has failed me for that yet. I'm sure they would be pickier on the higher levels, though. I got a couple lessons with Erin two years ago, I really like her, she's so good at choreography. Until next time!

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