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 in the video below with an example of adding arm movements as a form of polishing.

In this example, Pasquale is using an IJS “cluster” which is a series of 3 different turns executed one after the other without any steps in between (no change of foot).  The sequence he uses is a forward inside twizzle exiting to a forward inside edge, followed by a forward inside rocker and then a backward inside counter, all on the right foot.  Pasquale assumes classical music for this example, so the arm movements he selects are appropriate for classical music (“soft, nice, elegant… flowing”).

He adds arms, turn by turn, building the shapes and connecting the movements.  Some of the arm movements must be functional, so that the skater can still perform the turns.  Pasquale asks the skater for input, and takes what the skater does naturally into consideration before deciding on the movements.  Notice he wants more interesting shapes with the body, not just use of the arms.

This is a great example and will help many people to understand the process.


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