I can't skate to the beat in ice dance.
Oh, I know the meter (waltz, tango, blues). I can hear the beat. I just can't skate to it. I'm always half a beat behind.
So, while I was at Lake Placid, I stumbled across a technique to help me out with my ice dance timing issues.
I skate a dance to the wrong song, in the wrong rhythm.
Yes, I'm a rebel. A wild child of ice dance. The hippy dippy skater.
|Whoa, dude, like skate to the wrong music, like y'know, wow, man, like really, really wow.|
(Yes, we did talk like this in the 60's)
It's not hard to swap the steps for the preliminary dances to music it's not designed for. What steps are there? Swingrolls, progressives (crossovers), chasse's. Except for the step behinds in the Rhythm Blues, the dances are pretty interchangeable. I asked the Amazing Coach about it for the upper level dances and she thought it might be possible with some small adjustments here and there.
Anyway, I demonstrated this with the Nasty as done to the music of the Dutch Waltz to some of the ice dancers who know my dread secret. I expected to get some critiques from them, but instead I got applause. Whether that was for my technique, or because I was finally on the beat I don't know. Considering my difficulty with the Nasty, it was a nice gesture.
Anyway, to all you ice dancers out there. How 'bout a round of Challenge Dance. Can you do the Dutch Waltz to a tango? Or the Rhythm Blues to a waltz beat?
PS: It absolutely drives Dance Coach crazy when I do stuff like this. He wants everything laid out, in order, with proper structure.
|We do dance the way dances are meant to be done!|