Ice Show Practice

12 Apr

I haven’t really been on the skating scene lately. I’ve been working both my full-time job and my invitation business alot lately. I’ve also been practicing for the annual ice show here which takes up alot of my free evening time especially in the last 2 weeks. While I’ve been skating in the last 2 months it’s really just been mostly to keep my skills up and to practice the ice show. I didn’t watch Worlds this year. This was the first time in years that I didn’t watch it (I can’t even remember the last time I missed it!) but it was on Universal which I do not get and on the web during the day (I work) so no worlds for me! Sometime after the craziness of the ice show I will watch the youtube vid’s that are up. I did see the highlights of Asada, Kim, and Daisuke’s skates though. I loved seeing Asada skate so well, she just floats on the ice.

At any rate, this week is rehearsal week and while I get more ice time now then I do at any other time of the year it’s really spent mostly on practicing only specific elements. Which is just fine, I need all the time I can get.

I usually only participate in one number if I even do the ice show here but since this is going to be my last year (I’m thinking about moving) I decided to volunteer for two more. It’s a little crazy but I think it’s fun and it forces me to learn new things and get’s me out of my apartment socializing at the same time.

So, since I have actually been skating quite alot I decided to have a lesson today. I haven’t had a lesson since December! I think after the holiday ice show and the holidays I went into savings mode and I wasn’t skating enough to really benefit from having lessons. I didn’t realize how much I missed taking lesson’s until I was in it today. I just needed some focus and guidance, I also need someone to tell me what I am doing wrong and fixing it!

I had specific goals in mind for this lesson and we covered most of them.

1. 8 step mohawk sequence for Silver moves

I completely forgot how this went and I needed a refresher (you can see how dedicated I’ve been to testing in the last year 😉
Some pointers for the sequence:
– It should be a clear outside mohawk and I should step into my instep.
– on my bad side (clockwise) I should practice the underpush after the 2 chasse’s (well, they are like chasse’s right?)by practicing going backwards pushing with my left foot underneath. I seriously felt like I had no strength in that foot when I pushed. What have I been doing with that side?? uh, apparently nothing.
– I should focus on counting the steps and making them equal rather than doing certain things faster than others.
– Quickness and making the steps small should be a priority
-Every step counts so I should push on every step.

2. Back Outside 3 Turns

Oh god – these are in one of the ice show programs and to be honest I’ve been cheating on them for some time now. Now, I have to face the music. I think this is what happens when you dawdle on the ice and do your own thing for months, bad habits die hard.
I have a certain sequence I need to learn and I keep on rushing the pattern.
– I have to take my time
– I should start with left arm in front right arm back while going backwards (counterclockwise)
-as I bring my free foot in front of me it should cross over the right closely. The free hip should be up.
– Bring arms close by the sides and then right arm should be in front and I should twist outside the circle with the left arms extended outside.
– knee should still be bent
– turn the three while looking behind with free hip up
– do not rise all the way up after the three

I think the most important part of this was being able to switch my arms and opening my body to the outside of the circle. It feels weird apparently I don’t open that side of my body up much..

3. Axel Prep.
I was soooo excited!
Basic Exercises are:
Waltz from a stand still into almost a traveling back spin into a loop.
The waltz should go up and then down rather than over and down.
– Shoulders should be up and I should lead with the left and picture vase or something breakable 🙂 on my right shoulder in order to keep it from tilting.
– I should try and start rotating in the air before landing in the spin(this is optimal not necessarily what I can do right now 😉

Another exercise:
Alternating Edges
– I should practice these on the line, alternating outside edges keeping my chest and back up with my right leg bent behind me as if I am preparing to jump

Skids
I should practice coming almost to a skidding stop before I feel that pressure to jump into the waltz jump (think of jumping up into a tunnel)

Backspin hop
Do a small backspin keeping the h position and then doing a small loop (or hop in the jump. This can be tiny.

I have problems with my backspins so we worked on those as well.
They should be on the inside edge and more focused on the sweet spot.

I had a really fun time with the axel prep and learning some of the take off’s. Once or twice I felt that snap when I did the exercise correctly. Maybe I’ll land that axel in this lifetime after all!

Till later…

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