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 like jumps and spins and footwork/spiral sequences.  As Pasquale notes, a higher score can be attained from the judges by minimizing the use of crossovers for the generation of speed.  Additionally, scores will also be improved by including difficult turns and changes of rotational direction.

To help us understand this, Pasquale creates an example transition between a spin and an axel-type jump without using a single crossover.  He builds speed with undercuts (he calls them crosscuts), steps, mohawks (inside and outside!), and difficult turns (a backward inside counter in this example).  Pasquale demonstrates the entire transition twice for us so you can see the pattern and analyze how he is generating the power and speed from it.

NOTE:  There are some issues with the video and sound quality at the beginning of this video.  But the information Pasquale shares is very valuable.


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