Dec 2, 2009

The light goes on

I made my teen (who just wants to jump) run through PrePre moves today, focusing on upper body control. She put up with it, but with a little whining, "why can't we jump" "can I show you this thing my friend showed me how to do" blah blah whine whine okay okay okay.

So at the end of the lesson, she wanted to do spirals, which fit into the theme of the day-- edges, control, flow. And discovered the she couldn't hold the position. Just kept falling out of it. I asked her if she knew why, and she said "I could feel my shoulders twisting."

Ding ding ding ding ding ding!

I love it when the path opens up in the grey matter.


  1. I think she can see her progress better in jumps rather than in moves. higher jumps are a little more noticeable to others than ripping noise that if you don't know what it is sounds weird. On the other hand, I think that doing a walz eight for the first time without putting that $@$&%^#3 free leg down was one of the most rewarding things in my very short skating career.
    what jumps is she working on?

  2. She's actually very talented Basic Skills skater, just started working on the half jumps and singles. I basically taught her to step through all the single jumps through flip in a day. But I disagree about measuring, or observing, progress. It's a great topic though, and I just added it to my "future posts" list! I get more good ideas from the comments!