Thursday, April 29, 2021

Trifecta Week. 3 Days on Ice 3 Lessons

 Today I had the chance to try a partnering lesson with Vitali Vakunov.  Honestly I don’t know much about him but he’s from Belarus and he coaches at Arcadia normally.  My coach Naomi recommended I try a partner lesson with him.  Right now I travel to Scottsdale for my partnering lesson and Chandler Ice is closer. Vitali comes to Chandler on Thursdays.  

This lesson was such a workout as he likes to incorporate stroking and warmups into all his lessons both before and after you work on your pattern dances.  I like that a lot.  I really miss skating pairs with Hank.  Maybe we’ll be able to get back to some partnering on easy freestyle this summer... fingers crossed.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Adult Figure Skating Freestyle and a Dance Lesson

Wednesdays are starting to be my fav.  This is an adult session.  Usually it’s just figure skaters but today we had a hockey guy out there.  I was motivated to try a few long lost jumps and spins.... including a Flip jump which I have not done in 2 years or longer.  I didn’t land it .. it’s two footed but I’m happy I didn’t “pop” out into a 1/2 Flip.

At the end of the session I had my dance lesson. I just love working with Naomi Lang.  She is so patient.  She put this Freedance together for me which I won’t be able to use for a while.  Hopefully this summer I can keep working on it - and somehow improve the edges and turns.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Adult Figure Skating Tuesday Dance Lesson

So Tuesday I had my partnering lesson with Todd Gilles.  We did some warm up stroking exercises before working on the Fourteen Step and the Foxtrot.  Tick tock ....I’m feeling sad that my weekly dance lessons are ending soon as it is nearly time to migrate north for the summer where I don’t have a coach.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Private Ice Wednesday!

 I just got lucky.  People no-showed.   I went to adult skate and had a lesson .  We worked on my free dance changing some of the steps at the end of the program.  On the following session - a dance session - I  was the only one on the ice.  My music didn’t play very loud so I have the volume turned up - but it also turned up the volume of my blades grinding into the ice.  Sounds pretty crude!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

11 Days Off - Ice Cafe on Tuesday

 I decided to try the Tuesday Ice Cafe Sessions for my last month in Arizona.  It’s been 11 days since I skated as we had the grandkids here visiting.

I felt wobbly at first but was pleased to get through at least one pattern of each dance and even a full run of my free dance (missing a few steps and not quite doing some of the edges and turns properly ...) but a good walk through.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Choreography Part IV

 After taking 5 days off ice - it’s that Bambi feeling again.  Trying to get my legs under me with confidence.  My lesson today was to pick up where we left off and make a few changes to what was previously choreographed.  I’m skating too slow to put the right EM-PHA-SIS on the right SYL-LAB-LE.

Last (regular) Dance (lesson) for the summer

Ok .. this is IT.  I’m off to the land of no ice rink for a month or so.  I’ll be back home a few times over the summer but won’t be able to...