Reviewing Progress for the Goth on Ice

I’ve continued to progress in the ice skating. We’ve just started a new 8 week block of classes, so now is a good time to review where I am.

“Learn to Skate USA” has two basic skills progressions for people learning to skate.  For the children (6-14) they have the Basic 1 to Basic 6 progression.  For “Adults” (15 and up) they have the Adult 1 to Adult 6 series.  There are some differences between the two progressions, some things introduced at different levels in one compared to the other and some things included in one and not the other.

I’m currently working on things in the Adult 5 to Adult 6 range, with a few things from pre-Free-Skate as follows.  Bold indicates things I’ve more or less learned.  Italics means things I’m actively working on.  Plain text means that I’m still working up to it.  In addition to the Adult progression ranking, I’ve listed here where the various things are introduced in the Basic progression.

Adult 4

  • Forward outside edge on a circle, R and L (Basic 4)
  • Forward inside edge on a circle, R and L (Basic 4)
  • Forward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise (Basic 4)
  • Backward one-foot glides, R and L (Basic 4)
  • Backward half-swizzle pumps on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise (Basic 4)
  • Hockey stop, both directions (Basic 5)

(Yes, I have now finished Adult 4)

Adult 5

  • Backward outside edge on circle, R and L (Basic 5)
  • Backward inside edge on a circle, R and L (Basic 5)
  • Backward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise (Basic 5)
  • Forward outside three-turn, R and L (Basic 5)
  • Forward swing rolls to a count of six (Not included in “Basic”)
  • Beginning two-foot spin (Basic 4)

Adult 6

  • Forward stroking with crossover end patterns (Not included in Basic)
  • Backward stroking with crossover end patterns (Backward stroking is Basic 6, the “crossover end patterns” is not included)
  • Forward inside three-turn, R and L (Basic 6)
  • Forward outside to inside change of edge on a line, R and L (Not included in Basic)
  • T-stop, R or L (Basic 6)
  • Lunge (Basic 4)
  • Two-foot spin into one-foot spin (Basic 6)

There are some additional skills included in the Basic progression, not included in the Adult progression.  Since I plan to continue with Free Skate once I complete Adult 6, I think it advisable to learn these as well:

Basic 5

  • Advanced two-foot spin — 4–6
  • «Bonus skill: Side toe hop — R and L

Basic 6

  • Forward inside open mohawk from a standstill (R to L and L to R)
  • Moving backward to forward two foot turn on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Bunny hop
  • Forward spiral on a straight line — R or L
  •  «Bonus skill: Shoot the duck — R or L

In the last block of classes my instructor had me doing some pre-free skate work and free kate work as well.

Pre-Free Skate

  • Backward crossovers to a backward outside edge glide (landing position) clockwise and counterclockwise).
  • Backward Outside Edge to a forward outside edge transition on a circle.
    (Note: I am doing a backward inside to forward inside edge transition, which I don’t see specifically listed.)
  • Two forward crossovers into a forward inside mohawk, step down and cross behind, step into one backward crossover and step to a forward inside edge, repeat three times, CW and CCW.
  • On foot upright spin, minimum 3 revolutions.
  • Mazurka jump.
  • Waltz Jump.
  • Backward inside pivots.

Free Skate 1.

  • Forward power stroking, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Basic Forward outside and inside consecutive edges (4-6)
  • Backward outside three turns (R and L)
  • Upright spin entry from back crossovers (min. four revolutions)
  • Half flip jump
  • Toe loop.
  • Waltz jump to waltz jump sequence.

My forward edges are actually coming along well. Unfortunately, when I set up to record them I accidentally had the wrong camera on my phone set so I got a nice video of empty bleachers. So here’s Coach Julia showing how they are supposed to be done:

My Three-Turns, however, are coming along nicely as well:

Forward Inside Mohawks, however, are proving a bit of a challenge:

And the backward outside edges are also presenting a challenge.

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