Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Crossover. Inside edge. Outside edge. Left. Right. Don't rush. Turn. These were the words Dmytri used but I'll be damned if I could figure out in what order. I skidded to a stop at the goal line. Dmytri stood at the blue line laughing.

"You were lost," he said as he coasted up to me. Very observant.

Here's what I was supposed to do:

  • Crossover
  • Outside edge
  • Crossroll
  • Swingroll

In that order. With real edges and stuff. Then he said the deadly words: Reverse Killian. Simply put, Dmytri was skating on my right when usually he skates on my left. He's completely different on my right. On my left Dmytri is comforting and safe, I know where he's going to be, I know where I'm going to be, he belongs there. On my right, he's too tall and strong, I don't know where his skates are or where mine are. And he teased me for curling up in a ball when we were skating as if I were trying to protect myself from him. Yes, there is such a thing as a standing fetal position...and I can do it on skates.

My biggest concern is crossovers in this Reverse Killian nonsense position. Dmytri's always yapping at me about swinging my right leg around instead of pulling my hip and leg through when I do crossovers. If I swing my right leg around with him on my right, I'm kicking him. *shudders*

"Don't worry," he reassured me. "You are not having the power to make me fall."

He underestimates my abilities.


  1. Yea, this is why I learn my dance patterns solo. I may not cause him to fall, but I could certainly kick him. Or worse, he might make me fall. I was on a synchro team once for about 5 minutes. I fell and hit my head because my arms were otherwise engaged in a synchro hold. And I'm pretty sure I kicked the girl behind me when I fell. She only noticed the bruise after she made sure I didn't have a concussion. Did you know laying on the ice for long periods of time with nothing but a jacket as a pillow is hella cold? Cuz it is.

    I was learning step behinds the other day. Scar.y. Coach simply says, if you fall, that's what skating's all about, you get back up and keep going. Easy for him to say...

    1. Oooh! Step behinds! I've heard really good skaters say they gave up ice dance when they had to learn step behinds. Truth be told, I haven't attempted them since Ice Dance Test July. Good luck and stay vertical!

  2. Yup it does feel weird to have them on the 'other' side. I love your coach's line (in his sweet Russian English) about you not being able to make him fall. I think that's a point of pride for these guys. My ice dance coach is the same, he tries to minimize my worry about whether I might kick him or make him fall. We danced today for the first time since May and I was so rusty, plus learning a new dance that has an outside mohawk. I did a couple of really weird mohawks while we were skating the pattern, one was wild enough that if it were a little worse I imagine I could have fallen, taken him down, etc. So I understand how you feel. But we just have to conquer our fears, right? Because we can improve, and it really is fun when it works.

    1. You're so right! It is fun when it works! Plus, these guys have probably experienced every possible screw up from their skaters. My guess is there isn't a mistake I could throw at Dmytri that he wouldn't be able to anticipate and respond to instantly. Thank goodness!