Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Last Skating Day of 2020.

 With 2 weeks off for Christmas and New Years - I decided to take on a 2nd coach for ice dancing.

I’m really lucky to be getting instruction from our two top ice dance coaches in Arizona: Todd Gilles and now Naomi Lang Strong.  Most of my lessons with Todd are spent working on partnering and not on fundamentals.  I think they both will have a lot to offer me.  Whether or not I can take the information and put it into better skating ... is yet to be seen.

My first lesson 12/30/2020 .. my last skate of 2020 was with Naomi.  We have wonderful dance sessions at this rink with hardly any skaters on it .. no excuses right?  Our first lesson was my biggest problem.  My sloppy three turns.  Both coaches have told me about this “5 step” breakdown of a good dance three turn.

1. Bend and press into the ice

2. Stroke forward

3. Rise and feet in a T or together

4. Turn whilst keeping feet together (the hard part for me)

5. Bend and press into the ice before the back edge

Sounds simple .. but if you have seen me trying and trying and trying .... it’s not.

I think I need to think about turning on the rise and coach Naomi says to squeeze your legs together - then turn and hold the squeeze before releasing and sitting into the ice ..  She makes it look effortless.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Trifecta Skating Day

 Strange day.  I started my skating day with figure blades (aka patch blades) - I wanted to work on my edges and three turns without the ability of lurching forward !!  No can do with figure blades !!  Watch me almost fall.

Secondly I put my “regular” FS skates on and worked some more on the three turns .. not much progress and I felt a bit sore and tired .. so I left and headed home.

On my way home I decided to stop by a local farm/bakery/event center about a mile from my house that was supposed to have an outdoor rink.  Turns out .. they did and it was open - so I just paid $8 for a 10 minute skate on a tiny holiday rink.  I somehow drummed up enough energy to skate about 10-15 minutes.  It was sooo hot out .. about 80º .. not even Sun Valley is that hot in the summer.








Monday, December 7, 2020

Ice Dance Practice on Private Ice!!!!

 I was on a dance session but the other skater was off ice doing an adjustment to her skates with her coach...so I jumped at the opportunity to try my dances with overhead music.  I don’t normally do that since I can’t yet keep up and haven’t been able to remember all the steps.  Today was no different but it gave me a better idea of the tempo I need to catch up to.

These three turns are becoming my nemesis.  My feet should not be a giant wide step every time and I am consciously trying my hardest to improve them.  My coach reminds me to enter them almost in a T position but the urgency to complete the turn on time forces me to get them done any way possible.  

I have to correct this before I will ever be able to test these dances.


Thursday, December 3, 2020

Ice Café and a Dance Lesson

Ice Cafe is always fun for me - plus it's a great warm up before a lesson. Grant always has a plan of edges and skating fundamentals but including expression of arms which is the hardest part for me. On my lesson with Todd afterwards, we worked on three turns and all three Pre-Silver Dances. We both agree they are making progress. The sooner I can get comfortable with the steps the closer we will be able to skate together. I still tend to push him away if I fear I don't have the steps down or if I am not stroking efficiently enough to keep up with him.


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

F-f-freestyle??????

 Yep... just a bit. At the end of working on Moves in the Field... the XMAS music got to me!


Shamefully Back on the Ice After Another Month Off

  I finally snagged an afternoon public session to get back on the ice for the first time in a month! No lesson scheduled for the near futur...