More Partner Skating Drills (Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue)

2018 World Ice Dance Silver Medalists Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue teach a class of skaters a couple more partner skating drills. This video builds on the earlier videos in the series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

The first new drill in this video has the skaters facing each other and one skater doing back crossovers and pulling the other skater. The skaters use a wide hand hold, and the purpose of the drill is to work on partner tracking, as well as to emphasize the technique of backward crossovers.

Many skaters revert to poor stroking technique when faced with a new situation, and this is no different. It takes additional power to pull another skater around, but skaters doing this kind of drill typically lose their technique and actually generate even less power.

Zach and Madison continue to focus on fundamentals, including the concept of bending before pushing. As Zach says, without a bend there cannot be a push.

To allow the kids to have fun at the end of the class, Zach and Madison have the class do pumping facet-to-face partner spins. They explain and demonstrate the concept, and this is actually an outstanding drill for developing self-awareness for singles skaters. Notice how some skaters have a problem generating rotational energy and others struggle with standing up straight and pulling in to increase spin speed.


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