Figure Skating – Footwork, Turns and Moves
More Choctaw Drills and Exercises – Part 2 (Karen Olson)

This is the second video about choctaws with Karen Olson.  In the first choctaw video Karen shared some drills including a powerful back outside pivot drill.  In this video Karen provides additional exercises for skaters learning choctaws… Continue reading

More Choctaw Drills and Exercises – Part 1 (Karen Olson)

This figure skating video is the first of two on teaching choctaws.  Karen Olson shares a number of helpful exercises for teaching choctaws required for the USFS Junior Moves in the Field test.  Compare this presentation to that… Continue reading

Improvements to USFS Moves in the Field (Sheila Thelen)

Figure skating coach Sheila Thelen shares three recommendations for improving the US Figure Skating Moves in the Field.  This video is intended to spark a discussion on these topics so please leave comments below.  Coaches and skaters… Continue reading

Power Choctaws – The Choctaw Part 5 (Amy Brolsma)

In this video, Amy Brolsma discusses several ways to help a skater add speed and flow to choctaws.  Generating power within the choctaw itself often referred to as a power choctaw but all good choctaws have this power and… Continue reading

Figure Skating Stroking and Edge Drills – Part 2 (Pasquale Camerlengo)

In the video below, World and Olympic figure skating coach and choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo continues his class on edge and stroking drills.  (Please see the first part of these stroking drills.)  At the beginning of Part 2,… Continue reading

Figure Skating Stroking and Edge Drills – Russian Stroking (Pasquale Camerlengo)

In this figure skating video, World and Olympic coach and choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo teaches an outstanding class for improving skating skills, stroking technique and edge quality.  Pasquale starts with a short discussion of “Russian stroking” or “Russian steps” which… Continue reading

Figure Skating Footwork – The Choctaw Part 4 (Amy Brolsma)

In this figure skating video, Amy Brolsma continues her explanation of choctaws.  In Part 1, she introduced an exercise at the wall and then showed how she works with a skater to develop the step away from… Continue reading

Figure Skating Footwork – The Choctaw Part 3 (Amy Brolsma)

In this figure skating video, Amy Brolsma continues her explanation of choctaws.  In Part 1, she introduced an exercise at the wall and then showed how she works with a skater to develop the step away from… Continue reading

Figure Skating Moves – Backward Cross Strokes (Karen Olson)

Moves in the Field expert Karen Olson discusses backward cross strokes as required on the USFS Juvenile Moves in the Field test.  Karen starts the skater at a standstill and slowly builds the feeling of the turned out hips… Continue reading

Figure Skating Moves – Forward Cross Strokes (Karen Olson)

Moves in the Field expert Karen Olson discusses forward cross strokes as required on the USFS Juvenile Moves in the Field test.  To begin the discussion, Karen touches on an aspect of cross strokes that is somewhat controversial. … Continue reading

Edge Class – Part 7 Power Pulls With Hockey Puck (Chris Conte)

Choreographer Chris Conte continues with his class on edges and power generation. As noted in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 this class was in Korea on one… Continue reading

Edge Class – Part 6 (Chris Conte)

Choreographer Chris Conte continues with his class on edges and power generation. As noted in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 this class was in Korea on one of Chris’s visits… Continue reading

Figure Skating Tip: Where To Skate On The Blade (Frank Carroll)

Olympic Coach Frank Carroll offers insights about proper blade usage.  As Frank explains, skaters often don’t think much about what part of their blade they should be skating on.  So he offers an easy to remember “speedboat analogy”… Continue reading

Figure Skating Footwork – The Choctaw Part 2 (Amy Brolsma)

In this short video, Amy Brolsma continues her explanation of choctaws.  In Part 1, she introduced an exercise at the wall and then showed how she works with a skater to develop the step away from the… Continue reading

Figure Skating Footwork – Choctaws Part 1 (Amy Brolsma)

Amy Brolsma explains how she teaches choctaws.  Choctaws are a relatively advanced skating step.  Amy starts with a relatively simple drill at the wall and she explains that the skater must fully shift weight or the drill is… Continue reading

Compulsory Figures – Threes to Center (Page Lipe)

Page Lipe continues her discussion of compulsory figures (also called school figures).  In the previous videos in this series, Page laid out a set of circles without using a scribe , discussed the forward outside 8, briefly demonstrated… Continue reading

Figure Skating Moves In The Field – Inside Slide Chasse (Amy Brolsma)

Amy Brolsma shares some tips for teaching and properly executing an inside slide chasse or slip.  This element shows up as a major part of the US Figure Skating Intermediate Moves In The Field Test.  Although this element… Continue reading

Figure Skating Power Pulls – More Details (Karen Olson)

Karen Olson continues her discussion of power pulls.  In two recent videos she covered forward power pulls and backward power pulls as independent elements and as they relate to the US Figure Skating Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field… Continue reading

Compulsory Figures – Backward Inside 8 (Page Lipe)

Page Lipe continues her discussion of compulsory figures (also called school figures).  In the previous videos in this series, Page laid out a set of circles without using a scribe , discussed the forward outside 8, briefly demonstrated… Continue reading

Edge Class – Part 5 (Chris Conte)

Choreographer Chris Conte continues with his class on edges and power generation. As noted in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 this class was in Korea on one of Chris’s visits and you’ll notice Eun… Continue reading

Edge Class – Part 4 (Chris Conte)

Choreographer Chris Conte continues with his class on edges and power generation. As noted in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 this class was in Korea on one of Chris’s visits and you’ll notice Eun Hee Lee translating… Continue reading

Figure Skating Skills – Backward Power Pulls (Karen Olson)

Karen Olson explains and demonstrates how she teaches backward power pulls for skaters just learning power pulls and those working to pass the US Figure Skating Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field test.  This is a continuation of a recent… Continue reading

How to Ice Skate – Backward Crossovers (Nick Perna)

Nick Perna shares his thoughts and insights about learning and teaching backward crossovers (also called crosscuts).  This is a follow-up to his earlier video on forward crossovers.  Much like the earlier video, this is an in-depth… Continue reading

Backward Cross Strokes (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma explains and demonstrates how she teaches backward cross strokes.  (This video is a follow-up to Amy’s video on forward cross strokes.)  Cross strokes appear repeatedly in the US Figure Skating Moves in the Field… Continue reading
Figure Skating Power Pulls – USFS Pre-Juvenile Moves (Karen Olson)

Karen Olson explains and demonstrates how she teaches forward power pulls for skaters just learning power pulls and those working to pass the US Figure Skating Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field test.  Karen did a previous video on power… Continue reading

Compulsory Figures – Backward Outside 8 (Page Lipe)

Page Lipe continues her discussion of compulsory figures (also called school figures).  In the previous videos in this series, Page laid out a set of circles without using a scribe , discussed the forward outside 8, and briefly… Continue reading

Compulsory Figures – Forward Inside 8 (Page Lipe)

In this very short video, Page Lipe demonstrates the forward inside 8 compulsory figures pattern.  This is a continuation of Page’s earlier figures videos.  The value of this short video is in Page’s description of the starting… Continue reading

Edge Class – Part 3 (Chris Conte)

Choreographer Chris Conte continues with his class on edges and power generation. As noted in Part 1 and Part 2 this class was in Korea on one of Chris’s visits and you’ll notice Eun Hee Lee translating for her Korean… Continue reading

Edge Class – Part 2 (Chris Conte)

Choreographer Chris Conte continues with his class on edges and power generation.  As noted in Part 1, this class was in Korea on one of Chris’s visits and you’ll notice Eun Hee Lee translating for her Korean skaters.… Continue reading

Edge Class – Part 1 (Chris Conte)

Choreographer Chris Conte teaches a class on edges and power generation.  This class was in Korea on one of Chris’s visits and you’ll notice Eun Hee Lee translating for her Korean skaters.  Please excuse the audio on this… Continue reading

Creating Figure Skating Footwork Using FERTS Game – Part 2 (Nick Perna)
Nick Perna continues his discussion of the figure skating dice game he invented called FERTS for working on figure skating turns and steps and developing a clearer understanding of the definitions of the major turns in skating.  As discussed… Continue reading
Creating Figure Skating Footwork Using FERTS Game – Part 1 (Nick Perna)

Figure skating coach Nick Perna discusses a dice game he invented called FERTS for working on figure skating turns and steps and developing a clearer understanding of the definitions of the major turns in skating.  The FERTS game is… Continue reading

Forward Cross Strokes (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma explains and demonstrates how she teaches forward cross strokes.  Cross strokes appear repeatedly in the US Figure Skating Moves in the Field tests and are an excellent tool for choreographers to use with a skater to… Continue reading
Compulsory Figures – Skating the 8 – Push Off, Alignment, Movement (Page Lipe)

Page Lipe continues her discussion of compulsory figures (also called school figures).  In the previous video in this series, Page laid out a set of circles without using a scribe.  In this video, Page demonstrates how to… Continue reading

Figure Skating Backward Cross Strokes (Karen Olson)

Karen Olson explains and demonstrates how she teaches backward cross strokes.  This video is a continuation of her video on forward cross strokes.  Backward cross strokes are an important skating skill but they’re often performed incorrectly, especially… Continue reading

Figure Skating Forward Cross Strokes (Karen Olson)

Karen Olson explains and demonstrates how she teaches forward cross strokes.  This is an important skating skill, and it first appears in the US Figure Skating Juvenile Moves in the Field Test.  Karen starts these with an exercise… Continue reading

Unrecognized Figure Skating Turns – Orphan Turns Part 2 (Nick Perna)

Figure skating coach Nick Perna continues his discussion of a set of unnamed and unrecognized turns that he calls orphan turns because they don’t below to any family and they have no formal name.  In the previous video, Nick… Continue reading

Unrecognized Figure Skating Turns – Orphan Turns Part 1 (Nick Perna)

Nick Perna begins a discussion of what he calls “orphan turns” in figure skating.  He calls them orphan turns because these “forgotten” turns don’t belong to any family and they have no formal names.  These turns are generally… Continue reading

Compulsory Figures – Drawing the Circles Without a Scribe (Page Lipe)

Page Lipe demonstrates how to draw figures circles without using a scribe.  Although figures were dropped from international competition back in the early 1990′s, school figures are seeing a resurgence in popularity as coaches recognize the value of these… Continue reading

Forward Three Turn Pattern – Preliminary Moves (Karen Olson)

Karen Olson teaches the forward outside three turns and the forward inside three turns from the US Figure Skating Preliminary Moves in the Field test.  At the beginning of this video, Karen shares an insight that is important for… Continue reading

Advanced Figure Skating Stops and Skids – Part 2 (Nick Perna)

In the video below, Nick Perna continues his discussion of figure skating stops and skids and covers a whole range of advanced stops and skids.  He demonstrates a back two foot stop and again recommends that all skaters learn… Continue reading

Figure Skating Stops and Skids – Part 1 (Nick Perna)

In the video below, Nick Perna begins a discussion of stops and skids.  Nick starts by noting the importance of learning a variety of stops and skids.  But he also acknowledges that beyond the very basic stops taught… Continue reading

Figure Skating Moves In The Field – Forward Inside Loops (Karen Heng Olson)

Karen Heng Olson teaches forward inside loops.  See Karen’s presentation on forward outside loopsbefore watching this video.  As with the forward outside loops, the shoulders start twisted into the circle.  Karen emphasized the need… Continue reading

Figure Skating Moves In The Field – Forward Outside Loops (Karen Heng Olson)

Karen Heng Olson teaches forward outside loops.  This video was shot before Karen’s backward inside loop and backward outside loop videos but is being published out of order (sorry).  As Karen notes in her introductory comments in… Continue reading

Teaching Beginning Ice Skating – Forward Crossovers (Nick Perna)

Nick Perna shares his thoughts and insights on crossovers (also called crosscuts).  This is an in-depth video covering details which are generally glossed over by many coaches.  As Nick says, “To me, forward crossovers and back crossovers,… Continue reading

Learn Better Figure Skating Edges – Passive Edges and Active Edges (Nick Perna)

Nick Perna discusses the theoretical and practical aspects of passive edges and active edges.  He initially defines what each is and offers a demonstration of each type.  As Nick notes, a passive edge “is just coasting on… Continue reading

US FS Moves In The Field: Backward Inside Loops – (Karen Heng Olson)

Karen Heng Olson teaches backward inside loops.  At the beginning of the video, Karen references the back outside loops, but she generally teaches the back inside loops first because they are easier to learn for most skaters. … Continue reading

Skating Edge Power Tip: The Blurb Drill (Nick Perna)

Nick Perna gets back to first principles and provides more detail about what he calls the “blurb.”  Nick uses the term “blurb” in many of his videos here at iCoachSkating.com.  (He also calls it the “dip.”) … Continue reading

Figure Skating Edges: Backward Circle Eights Pattern – Pre-Juvenile Moves (Karen Heng Olson)

Karen Heng Olson explains the Backward Circle Eights pattern for the U.S. Figure Skating Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field test. Karen demonstrates the moves and talks about it as she demonstrates it.  Notice the technique used and strength… Continue reading

Figure Skating Edge Tips: Mr. Bill Drill (Nick Perna)

Nick Perna continues a series of videos covering drills and exercises he uses to help his skaters develop power, agility, coordination, and edge control and awareness.  In the first three videos in this series, Nick taught the … Continue reading

Figure Skating Figures: Figure Eight Pattern – Preliminary Moves (Karen Heng Olson)

Karen Heng Olson discusses the Figure Eight pattern for the U.S. Figure Skating Preliminary Moves in the Field test.  When starting this move, Karen reviews the Pre-Pre moves edges patterns.  She also draws the circles for the… Continue reading

Figure Skating Tips: Jump Class – Part 1 (Michelle Leigh)

This is the first video in a multi-video series from Olympic coach Michelle Leigh as she teaches an on-ice jumps class to some young skaters.  It’s pretty rare to see just how an Olympic coach teaches low… Continue reading

Figure Skating Edge Tips – The Propeller Drill (Nick Perna)

Nick Perna continues a series of videos covering drills and exercises he uses to help his skaters develop power, agility, coordination, and edge control and awareness. In the first three videos in this series, Nick taught the Bread Drill,… Continue reading

Twizzles In Figure Skating Backward – Twizzle Pattern (Karen Heng Olson)

Karen Heng Olson discusses the full Backward Twizzle pattern from the US Figure Skating Novice Moves in the Field Test.  Karen initially teaches it on the line, even though the pattern is skated on the long axis.  Karen… Continue reading

Twizzles In Figure Skating: Backward Inside Twizzles (Karen Heng Olson)

Karen Heng Olson explains how she introduces and refines back inside twizzles.  Karen teaches it much like a flip jump take-off.  She uses same arm in front (same arm as skating foot).

Karen notes that she uses twizzles… Continue reading

Ice Skating Edge Training: The Crab Walk Drill – Outside (Nick Perna)

Nick Perna continues a series of videos covering drills and exercises he uses to help his skaters develop power, agility, coordination, and edge control and awareness.  In the first three videos in this series, Nick taught the Bread Drill… Continue reading

Ice Skating Edge Training: The Crab Walk Drill – Inside (Nick Perna)

Nick Perna continues a series of videos covering drills and exercises he uses to help his skaters develop power, agility, coordination, and edge control and awareness.  In the first two videos in this series, Nick taught the Bread Drill… Continue reading

USFS Moves In The Field Tips: Backward Outside Twizzles – Part 2 (Karen Heng Olson)

Karen Heng Olson builds on her discussion of backward outside twizzles by offering a valuable exercise to work on properly building rotational energy and timing.  In this short video, Karen explains how to apply the circular power three turn… Continue reading

USFS Moves In The Field Tips: Backward Outside Twizzles – Part 1 (Karen Heng Olson)

Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches backward outside twizzles from the beginning.  In fact, in this video Karen works with a skater that has never done these twizzles before.

Karen starts with back pushes with the free foot… Continue reading

Ice Skating Edge Training: The Banana Drill (Nick Perna)

Nick Perna continues a series of videos covering drills and exercises he uses to help his skaters develop power, agility, coordination, and edge control and awareness.  In the first video in this series, Nick taught the Bread Drill.… Continue reading

Ice Skating Edge Training: The Bread Drill (Nick Perna)

Nick Perna begins a series of videos covering drills and exercises he uses to help his skaters develop power, agility, coordination, and edge control and awareness.  In this video, Nick explains and demonstrates the Bread Drill.  The Bread… Continue reading

Figure Skating Edges And Turns – Part 5 (Chris Conte)

Chris Conte finishes his edges and turns class in Korea.  This is the fifth and final part of a multi-part series.  You can see the previous parts of this series here (Part 1, Part 2,… Continue reading

Figure Skating Edges And Turns – Part 4 (Chris Conte)

skating.com/site.php/spgs/read/chris_conte/”>Chris Conte continues with an edges and turns class in Korea.  This is the fourth of a multi-part series.  You can see the previous parts of this series here (Part 1, Part 2, and… Continue reading

Figure Skating Edges And Turns – Part 3 (Chris Conte)

Chris Conte continues with an edges and turns class in Korea.  This is the third of a multi-part series.  You can see the previous parts of this series here (Part 1, Part 2).We did not… Continue reading

Figure Skating Edges And Turns – Part 2 (Chris Conte)

Chris Conte continues with Part 2 of an edges and turns class in Korea.  This is the second of a multi-part series.  You can see the first part of this series here (Part 1).  We… Continue reading

Figure Skating Edges And Turns – Part 1 (Chris Conte)

Chris Conte teaches an edges and turns class in Korea.  This is the first of a multi-part series.  We did not have wireless microphones for this class so at times the audio may be hard to hear. … Continue reading

Figure Skating Blades: Crazy Skates (Nick Perna)

This YouTube video shows Nick Perna skating on figure skates with the skate blades modified.  This video proves that we primarily use the center part of the blade for the vast majority of skating on the ice.  To… Continue reading

USFS Move In The Field Tips: Forward Inside Twizzles (Karen Heng Olson)

Karen Heng Olson covers the Forward Inside Twizzles from the USFS Intermediate Moves in the Field Test.  This is a continuation of Karen’s previous forward outside twizzle discussions.

As with the outside twizzles, Karen starts with the Preliminary inside… Continue reading

Champion Cords To Improve Body Lean (Sheila Thelen)

In this very short video, Sheila Thelen offers a way to use Champion Cords to get a skater to lean into the circle they are skating on.  Sheila shows how to attach the cords to the skater and she… Continue reading

Champion Cords Figure Skating Training Tools Improve Posture (Sheila Thelen)

Sheila Thelen offers a great tip to help skaters keep their head up while skating.  In this video, Sheila explains and demonstrates exactly how to attach Champion Cords to a skater to apply tension to help the skater remember… Continue reading

Tribute To My Coach (Audrey Weisiger)
The following is a short story from Olympic coach Audrey Weisiger. She asked me to put it up here at iCoachSkating.com so all coaches could read it. As coaches we make a huge impact on the lives of the skaters we teach. Continue reading
Young Artists Showcase Summary by iCoachSkating.com (Trevor Laak)
Here are some videos from the 2010 Young Artists Showcase choreography competition. Here are a few of the more impressive creations and performances that have been uploaded as part of the Grassroots to Champions Young Artists Showcase (YAS) for that competition year. Continue reading
Olympic Coach Frank Carroll Interview – Excerpts (Frank Carroll)
iCoachSkating.com webmaster Trevor Laak interviewed legendary figure skating coach Frank Carroll on September 15, 2007. The audio quality for this interview is not very good because Frank was on his cell phone driving from LA to Palm Springs. The content is outstanding and will be interesting to all coaches. Turn up your speakers and enjoy! This page shares an excerpt from that interview.Continue reading
Improving Figure Skating: Learn To Skate – Part 1 (Chris Conte)
Chris Conte offers insights into ways coaches can speed the learning process by focusing on skills that emphasize basic jump rotation and developing power out of edges. Continue reading
Figure Skating Turns Advanced: Backward Inside Rockers (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma teaches backward inside rockers. Continue reading
Figure Skating Turns Advanced: Backward Outside Rockers (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma teaches backward outside rockers. Continue reading
Figure Skating Turns Advanced: Forward Inside Rockers (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma teaches forward inside rockers. Continue reading
Figure Skating Turns Advanced: Forward Outside Rockers (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma begins her discussion of rockers by explaining how she teaches forward outside rockers. Amy begins by making sure the skater has complete control and proper alignment of the entry edge. Continue reading
USFS Moves In The Field: Backward Inside Counters (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma finishes her discussion of counters. Continue reading
USFS Moves In The Field: Backward Outside Counters (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma continues her discussion of counters. Continue reading
Ice Skating Turns Advanced: Forward Inside Counter (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma continues her discussion of counters. In the previous video she discussed forward outside counters. In this video, she tackles forward inside counters. Continue reading
Ice Skating Turns Advanced: Forward Outside Counter (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma introduces counters with a general discussion and then information on the forward outside counter. Continue reading
Ice Skating Turns Advanced: Backward Inside Brackets (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma teaches backward inside brackets. This is a continuation of Amy's discussion of forward outside brackets, forward inside brackets, and backward outside brackets). Continue reading
Ice Skating Turns Advanced: Backward Outside Brackets (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma teaches backward outside brackets. This is a continuation of Amy's discussion of forward brackets (forward outside brackets and forward inside brackets). Continue reading
Ice Skating Turns Advanced: Forward Inside Brackets (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma teaches forward inside brackets. This is a continuation of Amy's discussion of forward outside brackets. Continue reading
Ice Skating Turns Advanced: Forward Outside Brackets (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma shows how she discusses forward outside brackets. She starts off with a definition for brackets and she also talks briefly about the "bunny ears." Continue reading
USFS Moves In The Field Tips: Figure Eight Power Pulls – Loops (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma demonstrates an outstanding exercise to develop leg strength, edge pressure, and power, particularly as it relates to figure loops. Continue reading
Figure Skating Figures: Backward Inside Loops (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma shows how she teaches back inside figure loops. (To see Amy's presentation on forward inside and outside figure loops, visit her bio page. Continue reading
Figure Skating Figures: Back Outside Loops (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma shows how she teaches back outside figure loops. (To see Amy's presentation on forward inside and outside figure loops, visit her bio page.) Continue reading
Figure Skating Figures: Forward Inside Loops (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma shows how she teaches forward inside figure loops. Continue reading
Figure Skating Figures: Forward Outside Loops (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma shows how she teaches forward outside figure loops. Continue reading
Power Pulls Ice Skating (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma explains how she teaches power pulls. Notice that Amy is focused on the mechanics of how a skater generates power from a continuous edge. Continue reading
3 Turns Figure Skating: Tracing (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma gives a three-turn theory lesson with diagrams on the ice. This presentation is important and EVERY skater and coach should understand this information thoroughly. Continue reading
Ice Skating Turns: Body Lean On 3 Turns (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma talks about body lean on edges and turns. This is a short video but a great reminder for coaches and an important concept for skaters. Continue reading
Ice Skating Turns: Back Inside Three Turns (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma explains how she teaches back inside three turns. Continue reading
Ice Skating Turns: Back Outside Three Turns – Part 2 (Amy Brolsma)
In this video, Amy Brolsma continues her discussion of the back outside three turn. This short video covers an incredibly important point which is why it's a stand-alone video on the site. Continue reading
Ice Skating Turns: Back Outside Three Turns – Part 1 (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma explains how she teaches back outside three turns. Continue reading
Ice Skating Turns: Forward Inside Three Turns (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma explains how she teaches forward inside three turns. Continue reading
Figure Skating Training Tools: Skate Spinner For Footwork And Spins (Tom Hickey)
In this video, Tom Hickey continues his explanation of how to use a Skate Spinner effectively for training. In this video, Tom discusses spins and footwork. Continue reading
Figure Skating Twizzle Tips: Part 4 (Karen Heng Olson)
In this video, Karen Heng Olson addresses a few more details of twizzles and the forward outside twizzle moves pattern. These details were a result of our off-camera conversation during filming. Continue reading
Figure Skating Twizzle Tips: Part 3 (Karen Heng Olson)
is very short video Karen Heng Olson offers a simple but very helpful method of speeding up the turns in a twizzle. Karen shares the tip and demonstrates it with her skater. Continue reading
Figure Skating Twizzle Tips: Part 2 (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson continues her explanation of forward twizzles (see Part 1). In this video, Karen discusses how to get the twizzles on the pattern. Continue reading
Figure Skating Twizzle Tips: Part 1 (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches forward twizzles. Continue reading
USFS Moves In The Field Tips: Bracket-Three-Bracket – Novice (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches the Bracket-Three-Bracket Pattern from the Novice USFS Moves in the Field Test. Continue reading
USFS Moves In The Field Tips: Back Power Threes – Juvenile (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches the Backward Power Three Turns from the Juvenile USFS Moves in the Field Test. Continue reading
USFS Moves In The Field Tips: 8 Step Mohawk Seq – Juvenile (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches the 8-Step Mohawk Sequence from the Juvenile USFS Moves in the Field Test. Continue reading
USFS Moves In The Field Tips: Power Pulls – Pre Juvenile (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches the Power Pulls from the Pre-Juvenile USFS Moves in the Field Test. Continue reading
USFS Moves In The Field Tips: Forward Power Three Turns – Preliminary (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches the Forward Power Three Turns for the Preliminary USFS Moves in the Field Test. Continue reading
Figure Skating Edges: Ankle Pressure And Edge Pressure (Joan Orvis)
Joan Orvis offers important insights about edges in figure skating. With the move away from school figures in the 1990's, more than a generation of skaters has now grown up without them. Continue reading
Ice Skating Figures: Double Three Turns (Joan Orvis)
Joan Orvis continues her discussion of school figures by covering double three turns. Continue reading
Ice Skating Figures: Forward Inside And Outside Edges (Joan Orvis)
Joan Orvis introduces one of the most basic school figures pattern. In this video, she focuses on the forward inside and forward outside edges. Continue reading
Ice Skating Turns: Forward Three Turns (Joan Orvis)
Joan Orvis explains forward outside and inside 3-turns. She starts with the left forward outside 3-turn because many skaters use it for flip and salchow. Continue reading
Figure Skating Power And Speed Drills (Joan Orvis)
Joan Orvis discusses how to generate power and maintain speed. This is a short video but it includes information that is a good reminder to all of us. Continue reading
Figure Skating Edge Control: Common Mistakes Forward Edges (Joan Orvis)
Joan Orvis discusses some common mistakes that skaters make when learning forward inside and outside edges. Continue reading
Figure Skating Training Tools: Champion Cords Aids Crossovers (Sheila Thelen)
Sheila Thelen explains several ways to use Champion Cords to improve crossovers. Continue reading
Champion Cords Improve Figure Skating Posture And Landings (Sheila Thelen)
Sheila talks about skating posture and gives some tips to help young skaters understand and improve their posture. Continue reading
Champion Cords Improve Figure Skating Spiral Video (Sheila Thelen)
Sheila shows how to use a Champion Cord to improve the stretch of a spiral. Continue reading
Figure Skating Spiral Variations (Sheila Thelen)
Sheila talks about 2 fundamentally different ways to do a spiral and why a coach would want to choose one over the other. Notice that she talks about hip tension to help keep the free leg higher on one method. Continue reading
How to Figure Skate: Spiral Stretching Technique (Sheila Thelen)
Sheila discusses one of her favorite ways to help her skaters get more split on their spirals. This is so obvious and logical that many coaches may overlook it. Continue reading
Circular Figure Skating Stroking and Step Sequences – Part 4 (Audrey Weisiger)
Audrey Weisiger continues with the fourth stroking exercise intended to help her skaters with their posture, alignment and control. Continue reading
Circular Figure Skating Stroking and Step Sequences – Part 1 (Audrey Weisiger)
Audrey Weisiger shares some stroking exercises that she developed to help her skaters with their posture, alignment and control. Continue reading
Ice Skating Moves For Beginners: Forward Outside 3 Turns (Amy Brolsma)
Amy Brolsma explains how she teaches forward outside three turns. Notice that Amy believes her skaters should fully understand the concept of the three turn, including how the turn starts and stops. She uses a hula hoop to help develop proper awareness of all the parts of the turn. Continue reading
Skating Basics: Backward Inside Edges (Karen Heng Olson)
Karen Heng Olson explains how she teaches the back inside edges for the Pre-Pre USFS Moves in the Field Test. Notice that Karen goes back to the beginning and teaches backward stroking again, even if the skater already knows it ("Make a C, lift the foot in front"). The "C push" is a critical foundation skill for this pattern. Continue reading
Learn Figure Skating – 4 Basic Edge Positions (Nick Perna)
In this video, Nick Perna discusses his system of teaching basic edge positions, and how he's distilled them down to four basic positions. Continue reading
Figure Skating Lesson: Power From Standstill C Cuts (Nick Perna)
Nick Perna continues his explanation of slaloms and shares a drill to help skaters develop the proper weight transfer, balance, and power. Continue reading
Figure Skating Education: Backward Edge Power (Nick Perna)
Nick Perna follows up his forward slalom drills to generate edge power with the backward versions of these drills. Continue reading
Figure Skating Education: Edge Power (Nick Perna)
Nick Perna shares some important drills to help skaters develop power from their forward edges. Continue reading
Figure Skating Spiral Stretch Exercise (Sheila Thelen)
Sheila demonstrates a stretching method she learned from Janet Champion to improve spiral positions. An assistant (in this case the coach) helps the skater during this stretch. Continue reading
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