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I took a stab at doing these on public today. They're perfectly respectable, a little small, but there's no 'return to center'. Instead they look like an enormous 'S' because I do them on open ice without using a point painted on the ice to act as the center mark.
Not using the hockey dots as centers for Waltz 8's is hard core skating. It's how real skaters developed serious skills back when figures were still central to skating. When I use the lines or the dots to set up skills, it's using a crutch. I like to do Waltz 8s both using the hockey dots and without. No one says you have to use them and I think for myself it's a good idea to get away from them as my skills develop. Sometimes things go wonky, like today's Waltz 8.
Also, when I'm not using the lines or the dots, I get an opportunity to just focus on my skating. When I used the makings, I'm over focused on getting back to the line or the dot. Doing skills on plain ice is liberating. It's just me and the ice, an opportunity for enjoyment, rather than testing.