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 skating because the movements occur very quickly.  But as Pasquale notes in this video, this kind of analysis is also very helpful in identifying issues with choreography and performance.  Certain movements may not seem quite right in real time, yet it may be hard to identify the problem.  Watching in slow motion can help identify arm or body positions that are not desirable.

Pasquale takes a few minutes to explain how we tend to see only what we focus on.  He mentions a video and an example of this video can be seen here.  Slow motion allows us to focus on more details at once, helping identify issues with all sorts of movements.  Watch this video before watching Pasquale’s video below.

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Pasquale continues with a fairly thorough description of how he uses video on a regular basis as a world-class choreographer.  One important topic that he talks about is how almost all skaters (even elite world-class skaters) think they are doing better than they actually are.

Pasquale prefers using a mini tablet as his video device because it allows him to be on the ice and moving around with the skater, and it is light and easy to put in a pocket when he needs to demonstrate movements.  The mini tablet screen is still big enough to provide good feedback, as opposed to smaller smartphone screens.


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