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    Looking For Specific Figure Skating Book (Pre 1988)

    I'm desperately hoping someone can help me here.

    Years ago I found a great figure skating book at our public library with some really interesting information on editing music and choreography. Since this is a field I would love to get into one day, I found it fascinating and I had intended to take notes. Unfortunately, it didn't happen and I returned the book without making a note of the title. They have since gotten rid of it and I want to find it again - through Amazon or Interlibrary loan if nothing else.

    It was about the size of a coffee table book, one inch thick, with a yellow dust jacket. I remember there was a chapter on figures patch ice, as well as an extensive chapter on editing on a reel-to-reel recorder. It was a general book on skating, not a biography.

    Does anyone know what this book is?

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    Could it have been choreographer Sandra Bezic's Passion to Skate
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    http://www.amazon.com/Passion-Skate-...s=sandra+bezic

    or this one

    http://www.amazon.com/Choreography-S...g+choreography

    Ricky Harris's Choreography & Style for Ice Skaters from 1991 (good time frame for a reel to reel recorder)

    Since you're interested in the process of choreo, you shouldn't miss Sandra's interview on the Skating Lesson:

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

    Part 4

    And Lori Nichol was also interviewed by PJ Kwong, but I don't have a link.


    Here's Lori Nichol talking about doing choreo for Michelle Kwan

    http://www.azer.com/aiweb/categories...hellekwan.html
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 05-25-2013 at 07:23 AM.

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    Good going, Doris! I was cudgeling my brains trying to think of any book that had even a glancing similarity to the clues given by Soundtracksonice. The Bezic book is wonderful; I love what she has to say about skating, and of course she is in the direct center of so many important skating events: she's choreographed for quite a few Olympic and World medalists, and she was so instrumental to the look and success of Stars on Ice. But I suspect from the description that it's the more utilitarian-sounding Choreography & Style for Ice Skaters, with which I'm not familiar. (Especially because the Bezic book doesn't have a yellow dust jacket as I recall.) Soundtracksonice, I'd still recommend the Bezic book because you'll get a lot of enjoyment and information out of it. One other that I'd recommend (speaking of yellow covers!) is Figure Skating for Dummies, which is by Kristi Yamaguchi (probably with a freelance writer helping out).

    http://www.amazon.com/Figure-Skating...ng+for+dummies

    She talks about a lot of technical stuff for people who actually skate, not just for fans.

    But really, Doris's suggestion of the Ricky Harris book sounds like the one you have been hunting.

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    Thanks, I actually own both of those, but they aren't the one I'm looking for. They are two of my favorites though. And thanks for those links - I'll definitely be checking them out.

    The book had more in it than just choreography, but there were two chapters on it. I might have to haunt Amazon and see if I can find the cover.

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    wow! There's another one? Cool. I bet some good detective work will uncover it.

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    I've no clue, but have you tried contacting the library. If it was in their collection once, perhaps they have a record of the title somewhere

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    Passion to Skate by Sandra Bezic is from the '90s. I have no idea what book you are looking for, sorry..

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