This blog is a collection of my thoughts and experiences from ten years as a skate dad. For those of you sitting with your jackets in the bleachers, first I salute you, but second I want to give you an honest sense of what you are in for and what to expect. Ice skating is both a trying and a glorious sport, but it doesn't happen without the special group of folks who cheer, support, and console the participants. This is dedicated to you.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

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One of the tougher things to decide when you are a performer is what to include in your program. I suppose a large part of this decision derives from how you view your skating... is it a demonstration for the judges, or is it a performance for the audience? Is it impossible to combine the two?

I suppose what I am alluding too is that, sure, certain moves get popular because all the other gals are doing them, but I still don't feel that a pancake sit allows for any particularly elegant way to transition out from beneath it.

Choose the moves in your program because they are elegant, they transition well, and fit your music. Don't select a move just because you feel that you have to prove that you can do it. And often some of the simpler moves are still elegant and appropriate to the music anyhow, so include them! Your program will be much more alluring if you place your expressive principles above your desires to "impress."

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