Free Skate

Each free skate level is comprised of a variety of progressive skating skills, transitions, spins and jumps — all of which build on the previous skill, providing skaters a strong foundation of all elements. These levels will be taught in a positive and interactive group format such as a bridge program, circuit classes or as an introductory training program. Instructors will focus on quality and mastery of skills.

Pre-Free Skate

Combination of Basic 7 and 8

Skating Skills:

  • Forward inside open mohawk from a standstill position (R to L and L to R)
  • Backward crossovers to a backward outside edge glides (landing position), clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward outside edge to a forward outside edge transition, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Two forward crossovers into a forward inside mohawk, step down and cross behind, step into one backward crossover and step to a forward inside edge, clockwise and counterclockwise

Spins:

  • One-foot upright spin, optional entry and free-foot position (minimum three revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Mazurka (R and L)
  • Waltz jump
  • Bonus Skill: Backward inside pivots, clockwise and counterclockwise

Free Skate 1

Skating Skills:

  • Forward power stroking, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Basic forward outside and forward inside consecutive edges (four to six consecutive edges)
  • Backward outside three-turns (R and L)

Spin:

  • Upright spin, entry from back crossovers (min. four to six revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Half flip
  • Toe loop
  • Bonus Skill: Waltz jump-side toe hop-waltz jump sequence, or waltz jump-ballet jump-toe loop sequence

Free Skate 2

Skating Skills:

  • Alternating forward outside and inside spirals on a continuous axis (two sets)
  • Basic backward outside and backward inside consecutive edges (four to six consecutive edges)
  • Backward inside three-turns (R and L)

Spin:

  • Beginning back spin (up to two revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Half Lutz
  • Salchow
  • Bonus Skill: Variation of a forward spiral, skater’s choice

Free Skate 3

Skating Skills:

  • Alternating backward crossovers to back outside edges – Four sets
  • Alternating mohawk/crossover sequence (R to L and L to R)
  • Waltz three-turns (forward outside three turn, backward outside edge glide), clockwise and counterclockwise

Spin:

  • Advanced back spin with free foot in crossed leg position (min. three revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Loop jump
  • Waltz jump-toe loop or Salchow-toe loop combination
  • Bonus Skill: Toe step sequence, skater’s choice, using a variety of toe steps

Free Skate 4

Skating Skills:

  • Forward power three-turns (R and L), 3 sets each
  • Waltz eight, clockwise and counterclockwise

Spins:

  • Forward upright spin to backward upright spin (3 revs., each foot)
  • Sit spin (minimum three revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Half loop
  • Flip
  • Bonus Skill: Split jump, stag jump or split falling leaf

Free Skate 5

Skating Skills:

  • Backward outside three-turn, mohawk (backward power three-turns), clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Five-step mohawk sequence, clockwise and counterclockwise

Spins:

  • Camel spin (minimum three revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Waltz jump-loop jump combination
  • Lutz jump
  • Bonus Skill: Loop-loop combination

Free Skate 6

Skating Skills:

  • Forward power pulls (R and L)
  • Creative step sequence, skater’s choice, using a variety of three-turns, mohawks and toe steps

Spins:

  • Camel-sit spin combination (minimum two revolutions each position)
  • Layback or attitude spin or cross-foot spin (three revolutions)

Jumps:

  • Waltz jump-half loop-Salchow jump sequence
  • Axel
  • Bonus Skill: Backward outside pivot, entry optional