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FREE SKATE

Once a skater completes Basic 6, she moves into the Free Skate program.

 

Free Skate Curriculum

Each Free Skate level is comprised of a variety of progressive skating skills, transitions, spins and jumps all of which build on the previous sill, providing skaters a strong foundation of all elements. These levels will be taught in a positive and interactive group format such as a bridge program, circuit classes or as an introductory training program. Instructors will focus on quality and master of skills.

 

Pre-Free Skate (combination of Basic 7 and 8)

Skating Skills:

  1. Forward inside open mohawk from a standstill position (Right to Left and Left to Right)
  2. Backward crossovers to a backward outside edge glides (landing position), clockwise and counterclockwise
  3. Backward outside edge to a forward outside edge transition, clockwise and ounterclockwise
  4. Two forward crossovers into a forward inside mohawk, step down and cross behind, step into one backward crossover and step to a forward inside edge, clockwise and counterclockwise

Spins:

  1. One-foot upright spin, optional entry and free-foot position (minimum three revolutions)

Jumps:

  1. Mazurka (Right and Left)
  2. Waltz jump

  **Bonus Skill: Backward inside pivots, clockwise and counterclockwise**

 

Free Skate 1

Skating Skills:

  1. Forward power stroking, clockwise and counterclockwise
  2. Basic forward outside and forward inside consecutive edges (4-6 consecutive edges)
  3. Backward outside three-turns (Right and Left)

Spins:

  1. Upright spin, entry from back crossovers (minimum four to six revolutions)

Jumps:

  1. Half flip
  2. Toe loop

**Bonus Skill: Waltz jump-side toe hop-waltz jump sequence, or waltz jump-ballet jump-toe loop sequence**

 

Free Skate 2

Skating Skills:

  1. Alternating forward outside and inside spirals on a continuous axis (two sets)
  2. Basic backward outside and backward inside consecutive edges (4-6 consecutive edges)
  3. Backward inside three-turns (Right and Left)

Spins:

  1. Beginning back spin (up to two revolutions)

Jumps:

  1. Half Lutz
  2. Salchow

**Bonus Skill: Variation of a forward spiral, skater's choice**

 

Free Skate 3

Skating Skills:

  1. Alternating backward crossovers to back outside edges - Four sets
  2. Alternating mohawk/crossover sequence (Right to Left and Left to Right)
  3. Waltz three-turns (forward outside three turn, backward outside edge glide), clockwise and counterclockwise

Spins:

  1. Advanced back spin with free froot in crossed leg position (minimum three revolutions)

Jumps:

  1. Loop jump
  2. Waltz jump-toe loop or Salchow-toe loop combination

**Bonus Skill: Toe step sequence, skater's choice, using a variety of toe steps**

 

Free Skate 4

Skating Skills:

  1. Forward power three-turns (Right and Left), 3 sets each
  2. Waltz eight, clockwise and counterclockwise

Spins:

  1. Forward upright spin to backward upright spin (3 revolutions, each foot)
  2. Sit spin (minimum three revolutions)

Jumps:

  1. Half loop
  2. Flip

**Bonus Skill: Split jump, stag jump or split falling leaf**

 

Free Skate 5

Skating Skills:

  1. Backward outside three-turn, Mohawk (backward power three-turns), clockwise and counterclockwise
  2. Five-step mohawk sequence, clockwise and counterclockwise

Spins:

  1. Camel spin (minimum three revolutions)

Jumps:

  1. Waltz jump-loop jump combination
  2. Lutz jump

**Bonus Skill: Loop-loop combination**

 

Free Skate 6

Skating Skills:

  1. Forward power pulls (Right and Left)
  2. Creative step sequence, skater's choice, using a variety of three-turns, mohawks and toe steps

Spins:

  1. Camel-sit spin combination (minimum two revolutions each position)
  2. Layback or attitude spin or cross-foot spin (three revolutions)

Jumps:

  1. Waltz jump-half loop-Salchow jump sequence
  2. Axel

**Bonus Skill: Backward outside pivot, entry optional**

 

 

For more information, please see the USFSA web site - https://www.learntoskateusa.com