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 the edge quality of the rest of the sequence.

To improve the illusion, Doug wants the skater to close the free hip and lift with the hamstring. This is uncomfortable for skaters who have been continuously taught to open the free hip and point the toe outward. But it is very helpful for allowing the illusion to spin “over itself” rather than flop inside the circle.

The skater has a very difficult time with the exit that Doug wants. Watch Doug demonstrate it himself. Notice that Doug takes his time while the skater in the lesson wants to rush through the end of the illusion and finishes in the wrong direction.


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