Performance Comments During Program Run-Throughs (Rohene Ward)

Coach and choreographer Rohene Ward works with a variety of advanced skaters who are doing program run-throughs without jumps. Rohene calls these performances “makettes” (SP) which he explains is a Russian ice dance word for “mark through” of an ice dance. He has his skaters do these performances after their morning on-ice warm-up class and he notes that when done correctly with the desired high performance level, these can be exhausting for the skaters.

Although we don’t get to see the teaching process behind the reminders that Rohene is giving these skaters during their performances, we can guess at some of the previous discussions. His reminders tend to focus on performing with the entire body, controlling the shoulders, breathing properly, and maintaining awareness throughout of timing and pace and musical interpretation.


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