Pick behind. Half turn, catch the other pick step forward.
I'm so traumatized by the whole thing, that even though I never let go of my death grip on the boards, my memory of the steps is blocked out by the memory of my life flashing before my eyes. Still I practice it one way and then the other while Moves Coach goes to another student.
When Moves Coach gets back to me, she has me do a two foot spin. It's a good day; I get two and a half revolutions CCW. CW I can get three. Stately, elderly lady spins.
"So, you can spin both ways?" she says.
I then realize that Dance Coach has drilled into me the fact that I have to do everything both ways in dance, so I just practice everything both ways regardless.
I know coaches have ways of determining which way a skater will jump and spin. The problem with my spins, is even though I'm more comfortable with CCW spinning, I actually spin better CW. There's the same effect with my (board assisted) half flips. Moves Coach has me picking behind with my right foot, which feels safe, but when I pick behind with my left foot, it's smoother. So even though my right leg is the stronger and dominant leg, I actually seem to be better balanced when I'm turning in the opposite direction.
The 'why' of this phenomenon rather baffles me. Although I'm right handed/footed, I'm left eye dominant, but I don't see how that can affect my balance. It's a puzzlement.
I kind of like learning things both ways. I never know what I'm going to discover.