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 a program to be interesting.  Head and body movement, arms, and facial expression create interesting and compelling shapes on the ice.

In many cases, polishing a program isn’t really about making changes to the choreography, but rather trying to get the skater to improve their presentation of the original choreography.  Sometimes it’s simply the choreographers job to help a skater become comfortable with specific movements, or to change those movements to something more comfortable for that skater.

Pasquale reminds skaters not to think of their program as a boring routine.  It can be improved constantly, and every single movement should “make sense” and have a meaning to the skater.


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