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St. Clair Shores Figure Skating Club of Michigan
A spiral or arabesque
is an ice skating move done on one
foot where the free leg and back are horizontal to the ice.
Step One - Before You Begin
Before you begin the spiral, you’ll want to put some practice into
good edge control. Start by perfecting a good straight forward or
backward edge, either inside or outside in a vertical upright
Step Two - Spiral Free Leg Position
With your free leg extended behind you and your toes turned out, lift
your leg as high as you can before lowering your body forward into a "banana" position.
You should now be horizontal to the ice.
Step Three - Practice on Straight
Lines and on Curves
You should now try doing spirals on curves and in straight lines.
Step Four - Do Spirals on Both Feet
Remember to push yourself a bit and practice spirals on both your good
and bad feet!
Step Five - Do A Lot of Back Spirals
To get over the fear of doing spirals, try a lot of back spirals. When
you do a back spiral there is no danger of falling forward suddenly.
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