After last week's 1/2 hour lesson on Wednesday, I practiced at a (very crowded!) public session on Sunday afternoon for an hour and a half. It was a very productive practice, which led me to several questions to ask Coach Dee today. Here's a summary of the questions and answers, plus a little extra on what we did today:
Q: Backward entry into waltz jump - Should I go to my back right outside edge when getting ready to turn forwards? i.e., my right foot is not straight backwards?
A: Yes. The right foot will curve to a back right outside edge, which allows your left foot to then glide forward.
NOTE: When gliding backwards on right foot, left foot is turned out and placed just a bit behind the right foot, then brought just a little forward to be at an angle with the right heel. Do not step out (don't step forward)! Keep the left foot close in by the right foot.
Q: I was practicing gliding forward, then a 2-foot turn to go backwards, a couple of back swizzles, and then entering the jump from a backwards glide. Is this OK?
A: Yes, definitely...and good work in adding on to this on your own!
Q: During the step where I glide on my left foot and point my right foot out front, where should my arms be? (Since I don't need to touch the wall during this portion.)
A: Basic answer, left arm in front, right arm behind.
NOTE: The L-R-L step sequence before the jump is detailed like this: Left foot straight line (arms out to your side). Right foot straight line (arms out to your side). Left foot goes at a slight inside curve (L arm in front, R arm back)...hold R foot pointed out. Step on right foot, slight inside curve, do the inside 3-turn and jump.
NOTE: 3-turn is done at the top of the curve.
Q: After digging in my left toe pick, what does my right foot do? Stay on the ice? Curve around? When does it come up off the ice?
A: Once the toe pick is on the ice, shift weight to toe pick. Right foot will not curve around. As you come around on the toe pick, the right foot will just sort of "scrape" the ice as you lift it up to do the turn.
NOTE: Make sure you bring the leg and knee UP, as in kicking it through. Don't keep the free leg (right leg) tucked next to the left leg. Don't keep the right leg straight out. Don't swing the right leg out. It will just be an upward motion away from the body, knee up.
Q: How do I keep the momentum going after the 3-turn?
A: Do the outside 3-turn at the apex of the curve. This will keep you going on an outside curve, which gives you space and time to bring the right leg in close, bend the skating knee, and get up on the toe pick.
NOTE: Start facing with back towards low wall. Left hand is placed outstretched on top of the wall. Do an outside 3-turn on L foot. Do the 3-turn at the apex of the curve. You can let go of the wall with your left hand while doing the turn, and then use your outstreched right hand to place on the wall coming out of the turn. Continue on the curve (left inside edge now), bringing right leg in close to body, bending skating knee. When your body is again facing with back towards low wall, get up on toe pick, kick right leg through, and jump.
That's a lot of information, and a lot of new ideas. On the topic of jumps, I will just say that we added a new element of entering the Salchow jump from a backwards glide (similar to entry to waltz jump). Challening, to say the least, but OH SO MUCH FUN!!! :)
At the very end of today's lesson, Coach Dee had me glide the long way down the length of the rink, doing as many "dips" as I could do in a row. A dip is just a crouch down, like a teapot move. I managed to do 5 dips (down and then up again is 1 dip) before I lost speed and came to a halt. This is the beginning of learning a sit spin!