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Top Technique Tip: How to Centre a Spin

When I taught an adult figure skating class at Canada Ice Dance Theatre, one of the big challenges for students was learning how to centre a one-foot spin. In truth, it’s more about practice than advice, but here are some tips that should help you out: Step into the centre of the circle to start [...]

What’s in the Swiss Spinners Special Sauce?

The dynasty of great Swiss spinners is something of a figure skating mystery. It started with 1991 World champion Denise Biellman, the flexy namesake of the ever-popular heel-over-head spin pictured here. Trivia point: The Biellman spin is the only spin named after a figure skater. Then came Natalie Kreig followed by Lucinda Ruh. If you [...]

How to Center a Spin

When I teach skating, one of the most popular questions is, “How do I center my spin?” It’s a difficult achievement but an important one. Here’s why. If you can center your spin, you won’t be nearly as dizzy as when you spin moving across the ice, also called ‘traveling’. Additionally, a centered spin turns [...]

You Spin Me Round

A reader sent me this question: "I have a question about spins…how in the world do skaters do them and not get dizzy?  I know how dancers do it but it doesn't look like skaters 'spot'.  I've always wanted to know this!" Indeed, skaters don't 'spot' like dancers do. Believe it or not, there's no [...]