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Free Skating Curriculum

   The Bridge Free Skiing Program curriculum provides an introduction to a free skating program's elements - spins, jumps, connecting movements, and footwork sequences.

    No previous experience in skating is necessary. The workshops are designed for skaters for whom this will be their first time they will explore free skating.

    Skaters will be divided by skill groups to accommodate skaters who have some previous free skating experience.

    The concept is to build on a skater's basic ability to perform edges and turns by adding the concept of jumping and spinning to music.

    The curriculum listed is designed to help introduce the principles involved with the discipline of free skating.

    Depending of the skill of some groups, skaters may only work on one principle for the entire allotted time during the session.

    Skaters will also participate in off ice instruction to maximize the value of the on-ice time.
     Upon completion of Basic 1 – 8 workshops, skaters learn jumps, spins, footwork, and other exciting athletic and artistic moves in the Free Skating 1 - 6 workshops:

Free Skate 1
  • Advanced  forward stroking
  • Basic forward outside and forward inside edges, 4-6 consecutive
  • Advanced back outside three turns, clockwise and counter clockwise, right and left
  • Scratch Spin from back crossovers, minimum three revolutions
  • Waltz jump from 2-3 back crossovers
  • Half flip
Free Skate 2
  • Basic back outside and back inside edges, 4-6 consecutive
  • Forward outside and forward inside spiral, clockwise and counter clockwise, R & L ft.
  • Continuous forward progressive chasse sequence, clockwise and counter clockwise
  • Waltz threes
  • Beginning back spin, two revolutions in position
  • Waltz jump. side toe hop, waltz sequence
  • Toe Loop
Free Skate 3
  • Forward and backward crossovers in figure eight pattern
  • Waltz Eight
  • Advanced forward swing rolls, 4-6 consecutive
  • Backward inside three turn, clockwise and counter clockwise
  • Backspin with free foot in crossed leg position, minimum of three revolutions in position
  • Salchow
  • Half Lutz jump
  • Waltz jump/Toe Loop combo or Salchow/Toe Free Loop combo
Free Skate 4
  • Spiral Sequence: FI Spiral, FI Mohawk, BO Spiral, clockwise and counter clockwise
  • Forward Power three turns, right and left
  • Continuous backward progressive chasse sequence on a circle, clockwise and counter clockwise
  • Sit Spin, three revolutions
  • Loop Jump
  • Waltz Jump/Loop jump combination
Free Skate 5
  • Backward outside three turn, Mohawk into three backward crossovers, repeat  three times, clockwise and counter clockwise
  • Spiral sequence - Forward outside spiral, forward outside three turn, one backward crossover, back inside spiral, clockwise and counter clockwise
  • Forward outside slide chasse swing roll sequence, 3-6 time, alternation feet
  • Camel spin, minimum of three revolutions
  • Loop/Loop jump combination
  • Flip jump
  • Waltz/Falling Leaf/Toe Loop sequence
Free Skate 6
    • Alternating back crossovers to back outside edges
    • Five step Mohawk sequence, clockwise and counter clockwise
    • Camel/Sit spin combination, minimum of two revolutions on each foot
    • Split jump/stag jump
    • Waltz Jump/1/2 Loop/Salchow jump sequence
    • Lutz jump
    • Axel - walk through, preparation, jump

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Sports Curriculum
PDF  Snowplow Sam Curriculum
PDF  Basic Skills 1-8 Curriculum
PDF  Ice Dance Curriculum
PDF  Artistry In Motion Curriculum
PDF  Hockey Curriculum
PDF  Spin and Jump Curriculum

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