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Figure Skating – Choreography
IJS Footwork Tips – Part 3 (Karen Olson)
Coach Karen Olson continues a series of videos talking about how to approach IJS footwork sequences (choreographed sequences or step sequences) in order to prepare skaters for higher levels and to maximize points in competition. See Part 1 here and … Continue reading
IJS Footwork Tips – Part 2 (Karen Olson)
Coach Karen Olson continues a series of videos talking about how to approach IJS footwork sequences (choreographed sequences or step sequences) in order to prepare skaters for higher levels and to maximize points in competition. See Part 1 here. NOTE: … Continue reading
Off-Ice Musical Movement for Skaters – Part 3 (Kate Charbonneau)
This is the second in a series of videos by coach Kate Charbonneau that are intended to provide a way for skaters to develop or maintain musicality and musical movements during this period without ice. The focus for this series … Continue reading
Off-Ice Musical Movement for Skaters – Part 2 (Kate Charbonneau)
This is the second in a series of videos by coach Kate Charbonneau that are intended to provide a way for skaters to develop or maintain musicality and musical movements during this period without ice. The focus for this series … Continue reading
Off-Ice Musical Movement for Skaters – Part 1 (Kate Charbonneau)
This is the first in a series of videos by coach Kate Charbonneau that are intended to provide a way for skaters to develop or maintain musicality and musical movements during this period without ice. The focus for this series … Continue reading
Program Sections, Choreography, Program Development (Kori Ade)
World and Olympic coach Kori Ade is working with one of her skaters. She begins the lesson by analyzing the skater’s daily skating diary to identify problems with the program that might need to be fixed. For this kind of … Continue reading
Advanced Concepts For Improving Expression (Douglas Webster)
Professional choreographer Douglas Webster continues his step sequence lesson with a skater. In the first part of the lesson, Doug focused on the mechanics of the step sequence itself, and in this part, he shares insights about performing and improving … Continue reading
Deep Edges in Steps and Footwork (Douglas Webster)
Professional choreographer Douglas Webster works with a skater to improve the step sequence in her program. The focus is on deepening her edges, generating more power, moving smoothly from one movement to the next, improving the look of turns, and … Continue reading
Footwork Illusion (Douglas Webster)
Professional choreographer Douglas Webster continues his work with a skater on her footwork. The first part of this lesson is here. In this part, the primary focus is on improving the illusion and getting the exit direction correct to improve … Continue reading
Footwork Sequence Fine Tuning (Douglas Webster)
Professional choreographer Douglas Webster works with a skater on a footwork sequence. This process of fine tuning is usually necessary to create a more advanced footwork sequence with better edge quality and overall presentation. Doug focuses on a wide range … Continue reading
Improving the Execution of a Footwork Sequence – Part 2 (Douglas Webster)
Professional choreographer Douglas Webster continues working with a skater on her footwork sequence. See Part 1 here. In this part of the lesson, Doug focuses again on edge quality and power generation. He gives very specific feedback to the skater … Continue reading
Improving the Execution of a Footwork Sequence (Douglas Webster)
Professional choreographer Douglas Webster works with a skater on her footwork sequence.  This is not an advanced skater, but she is also not a beginner.  Skaters at this skill level usually struggle with power generation, knee and ankle… Continue reading
Mastering The “Scotty Turn” (Douglas Webster)
Professional choreographer Douglas Webster works with a skater to improve a section of her program.  The focus of this video is an unnamed turn or step that is sometimes called the Scott Hamilton turn, the Scotty turn, the… Continue reading
Figure Skating – Video as a Tool (Pasquale Camerlengo)
World and Olympic figure skating coach and choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo discusses the value of using video as an analysis and a teaching tool.  Using step-by-step or slow-motion video to analyze jumps is an obvious use of video in… Continue reading
Choreography – Polishing a Footwork Sequence (Douglas Webster)
Professional choreographer Douglas Webster works with a skater to improve a circular step sequence in her program.  In this video we see Doug teaching and offering insights about a program put together by a different choreographer.  The… Continue reading
Choreography – Part 4: Adding Arms (Pasquale Camerlengo)
World and Olympic figure skating coach and choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo continues his presentation on choreography (see Part 1 here and Part 2 here).  In Part 3 he discussed the idea of “polishing” a program, and he continues… Continue reading
Choreography – Part 3: Polishing (Pasquale Camerlengo)
World and Olympic figure skating coach and choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo continues his presentation on choreography (see Part 1 here and Part 2 here) with a discussion of “polishing” or improving existing choreography.  Pasquale wants every single moment of… Continue reading
Skids and Stops, Part 4 – Skidded Turns (Chris Conte)
Chris Conte continues his multi-part series on skids and stops.  In Part 1 he covered T-stops.  In Part 2 he introduced the slideboard drill.  In Part 3 he shared some drills for building skidding mastery and discussed… Continue reading
Choreography – Part 2: Transitions (Pasquale Camerlengo)
World and Olympic figure skating coach and choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo continues his presentation on choreography (see Part 1 here) with a discussion and demonstration of creating an interesting transition.  Transitions by definition are the connecting movements between skating elements… Continue reading
Choreography – Part 1 (Pasquale Camerlengo)
World and Olympic figure skating coach and choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo begins a discussion about choreography.  Pasquale is one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world and it is valuable to hear his insights. Right at the beginning, Pasquale… Continue reading
Jump Development Exercises Pt 11 – Prepping for Triples (Chris Conte)
Chris Conte continues with Part 11 of a multi-part series on jump development exercises.  In this series, Chris provides a set of warm-up exercises with a variety of drills embedded in them to develop important jumping skills associated with… Continue reading
Importance of Edges and Skating Skills (Pasquale Camerlengo)
World and Olympic figure skating coach and choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo discusses the importance of edge work and skating skills as it relates to skating development and IJS points.  Pasquale is an elite choreographer, and notice the focus and awareness… Continue reading
Warming Up the Knees and Ankles (Douglas Webster)
Professional choreographer Douglas Webster teaches a class on warming up properly after stepping on the ice.  Instead of racing around the rink to warm up, Doug offers a set of exercises that are more effective at engaging the ankles… Continue reading
Large Group Choreography Example – G2C 2014 Supercamp
This is the final edited version of the G2C 2014 Supercamp group number, performed in July 2014.  The head choreographer on this piece was Doug Webster, and Doug utilized a number of assistants.  Notice how the entire group… 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 and you’ll notice Eun … 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
Figure Skating Choreography for Advanced Skaters – Part 2 (Chris Conte)
Master figure skating choreographer Chris Conte continues his discussion of how he designs high level skating programs.  The previous video in this figure skating choreography series is here. In this video, Chris continues to show how he designed an… Continue reading
Figure Skating Choreography for Advanced Skaters – Part 1 (Chris Conte)
Master figure skating choreographer Chris Conte discusses how he builds higher level skating programs.  This video picks up where he left off in his discussion of the tools of a traveling choreographer and building low level skating programs. … Continue reading
Ice Skating Choreography For Beginning Figure Skaters (Chris Conte)
Chris Conte discusses figure skating choreography.  This video picks up where he left off in his discussion of the tools of a traveling choreographer.  In this video, Chris delves into the various types of programs that… Continue reading
Figure Skating Training Tools For Skating Choreography (Chris Conte)
Chris Conte discusses figure skating choreography.  In particular, he shares some of the tools of the trade for a traveling choreographer.  Chris offers many valuable insights about choreography in this video. Notice that Chris places an emphasis… 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
Figure Skating Choreography Ideas – Part 6 (Tricia Offerdahl)
Tricia Offerdahl finishes Leah's program. Continue reading
Figure Skating Choreography Ideas – Part 5 (Tricia Offerdahl)
Tricia Offerdahl continues her development of Leah's program. This is Part 5 in a multi-part series. In this video, you'll see Trish make changes to the program. Continue reading
Figure Skating Choreography Ideas – Part 4 (Tricia Offerdahl)
Tricia Offerdahl continues her development of Leah's program. Continue reading
Figure Skating Choreography Ideas – Part 3 (Tricia Offerdahl)
Tricia Offerdahl continues her development of Leah's program. Continue reading
Figure Skating Choreography Ideas – Part 2 (Tricia Offerdahl)
Tricia Offerdahl continues her development of Leah's program. Continue reading
Figure Skating Choreography Ideas – Part 1 (Tricia Offerdahl)
Tricia Offerdahl discusses what she takes into account when choreographing a lower level program. After her initial discussion, you get to sit in as she begins setting a program for Leah. Continue reading
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