Fan of The Incomparable Sonja Henie
Sometimes I feel like a Laurel and Hardy act with my coach when we are coming up with a new program. I want my programs to really stand out and feel good about what I am doing. I can jump, spin, and express okay. I feel that uncaptured moves, imagination, and footwork are my weakest elements (reading back over this I look hopeless). It's not that I CAN'T do them, they just don't come naturally to me at this point. I am working on FS4 is ISI and pre bronze/bronze in adult MIF.
Does anyone have ideas or pointers on how I can improve this without having to traipse to the next state over to a choreographer/coach?
Could you be more specific about the weakness of your footwork that you pointed out?
*Quality of steps/turns?
*Variety of steps/turns that you can do?
*Speed at which you can do them?
I don't know the US levels, so what kind of turns can you do?
Fan of The Incomparable Sonja Henie
Sorry it took o ling torespond to this...I forgot that I asked it
Um: I find that once I learn something I master it for the most part...or try to. I am a perfectionsit...so, I don't think that it is quality...I feel like it is more originality, or content maybe. I just feel like the footwork that my coach and I come up with is boring. I rely heavily on my coach, and sometimes I feel like we are a Laurel and Hardy act when coming up with new footwork. I think that I could do many things that we have not explored yet...Ijust don't know what they are...kind of like not knowing what questions to ask if you don't know what questions to ask. I am relying on my coach to come up with fantastic footwork, show it to me, then let me practice the heck out of it. I am not scared to try anything new, I am just inexperienced, and need the guidance. Am I rambling? I have even resorted to looking at my skating tapes, and writing the stuff down that I see, and relaying it to my coach. It sounds stupid, but I am at a loss....
It doesn't sound stupid. I love trying out things that I've seen on TV. Ok, I'll list as many types of turns as I can think of (I don't know how many of them you can do - if there's any you don't recognise, your coach can explain them to you):
2 foot turns
Three turns (FO, FI, BO, BI)
Double 3 turns (Forward then backward, or vice versa)
Mohawks (forward open & closed, backward)
Choctaws (all the different types)
You can also incorporate:
Hops (e.g bunny hops, side-hops, mazurkas, ballet jumps, etc)
Small jumps (e.g. stag jumps, split jumps, half jumps)
Positions (e.g depending on how flexible you are, you could hit a couple of nice positions like kicking your leg up)
Toe steps (e.g. Yagudin's Winter SP)
Spread eagles, ina bauer positions, etc
And also upper body movements, to add interest, and you can also experiment with the free leg on 1 foot turns etc (e.g. where are you going to have it?)
Have you got Sasha Cohen's SP from the 02 season on video? If so, watch her circular step sequence. She has a couple of hops/small jumps in it, a Russian split jump, and at one point she swings her leg up to her face then back to the layback position. Unusual, and looks nice. Actually, watch as many step sequences as you can, they might help give you ideas.
Three patterns to choose from - straight, circular or serpentine.
One thing to add interest is to do rotations in both directions. Also, don't do it all on 2 feet. Try to get a big variety of moves in it, and relate it to the music (with timing etc). You can make sharp, staccato moves or softer, flowing moves. Or both. Depends on your music, your abilities and your preferences. Spend some time just experimenting with short sequences of things, seeing what feels good, being as imaginative as you can.
Hope that helps!
One of my favorite footwork moves is three half flips out of mohawks, done fast in a straight line down the ice. You look like you are "tap dancing"--its very cool. I also love pinwheels, a combo of a forward outside three turn with a back outside edge on the opposite foot.
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Wow, icenut and yazmeen, these are some great suggestions. I guess I better lay in a year's supply of casts, :D because footwork is not yet my strong point (and that's what I fell on during the last wrist fracture)!!
Seriously, good stuff here. I've printed it off and pasted it in my skating journal.