July 17, 2017

Take the Quiz on Rocker Skating

It's making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter.  Go to Jackie Wong's web page Rocker and see which jump you are.

I got the 'Toe' jump, which makes sense for this chorus girl.  Lots of people are posting that they are lutz jumps and I must admit I'm a little jealous.  What I was really hoping for, however, was the split jump.  That would make my day.

Leave a comment and let me know what jump you got.

As always, thanks Jackie Wong for a great website!

July 11, 2017

Jumps and Spins I would like to see make a Comeback

As I mentioned on Twitter, I caught the last half of the 1941 movie Ice Capades that featured an (uncredited!) Belita and starring Dorothy Lewis as the main skaters.

The plot was as old-fashioned as the skating, but I still enjoyed the production numbers.  The women were the main draw on the ice, so I can't speak to how the men skated back then, but these girls were excellent spinners.  Lovely, classic sit spins and scratched spins were everywhere.  Same with bent leg spirals and beautiful layback spins.

It got me to thinking of some old-fashioned moves I'd like to see make a comeback.  Here they are:
one-foot axels
split lutz and split flip
all of the above could be done in double for greater effect
all kinds of sit spins
ina bauers
fast two turns across the ice (watch Ice Capades and you'll know what I'm talking about)
scratch spins at the end of a program (maybe headless, maybe two-foot)
Your welcome!  Tell me, what would you like to see in the programs?