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Monday, July 16, 2007

The European Waltz

Today, I came to the conclusion that
It is impossible NOT to wide-step on the European Waltz.
For me, at least...

Initially I couldn't find any videos of me doing the European. However, I soon recalled that my DH did take a video at last December's competition:

And I'm very sure that my 3-turns at the end are *still* wide-stepped, and that the real reason is because there isn't enough space for me to do nice 3-turns. Yes, I'm very good at finding excuses, but perhaps it is not quite an excuse - when I tried today to start it farther from the wall it certainly felt easier not to step wide!

STILL, I think it is IMPOSSIBLE to make it perfect...


C├Ęsar Llamborda said...

Best wishes from Catalonia !! Great blog!

Anonymous said...

I think that your skating is nevertheless very impressive.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Ice skating is my favorite sport in the winter olympics. :D

Great blog!!!


Ms. Peri said...

Fabulous video, and terrific blog.

I put a link to your blog on mine.

S. Scott Craft said...

Good job on having a noteworthy blog and being a superb skater.
I hope your students get their new skates soon.

Anonymous said...

Nice Blog.

Wide stepping on the European is corrected by strengthening the Abs. I found after doing pilates for a few months that control on the ice increased tenfold. Three turns, brackets, chocktaws, all looked and felt better. It also improved my jumps and spins!

I have a blog where I post ice dance illustrations I did. Take a look.
I will link you to my blog if you wish.

Jocelyn said...

Blech, the European. What a boring waltz!

My coach always told me to put my free foot down with toes aligned to the arch of the skating foot, if that makes any sense. Basically, your feet are staggered instead of being perfectly even. Also, keep your right hip up.

Good luck! :)

Ankush said...

Nice blog, great going, keep it up.................

prometheanne said...

Thanks for sharing your video! On the European, (or any dance 3-turn) you can correct the wide-stepping problem by touching your free foot to the back of your skating foot as you turn (instead of allowing your free foot to swing around outside of your skating foot)... your feet should touch! (my coach has my feet touch in a t-position).

Then when you set your free foot down, Jocelyn has a great tip- even go as far as to angle your free foot toes inward. They won't actually pigeontoe, but thinking this will keep your feet touching so that when you push off you do not widestep and instead have perfect, neat feet!

Three turns are never fun though... Good luck with your skating!