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Choreographer Sandra Bezic once said skaters need to find the joy in repetition.

For adult skaters I think the element that should be repeated over and over, especially at the beginning of your skating career, is alternating edges. Forward inside. Forward outside. Backward outside. Backward inside. These moves are a skater’s foundation.

Once you’ve mastered alternating edges, strive to master the Figure 8 compulsory figure, also known as the Circle 8. Forward inside. Forward outside. Backward outside. Backward inside. Patinuse demonstrates a good forward outside circle 8 here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eH5okqFnIE.

When you practice figures you need trace the figure three times. Also, the circles must be perfectly round, without wobbles, flats, bulges or curling inward. And all the circles in the figure must be the same size.

Another great figure to practice is the serpentine. Here’s a demonstration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SsylL9eJc8.

One figure that is on the USFSA Adult Pre-Bronze Moves in the Field test is the Waltz 8. For the USFSA test you only have to trace the figure twice. Here’s a demonstration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyfR77ufkWk&feature=related.

If you need some compulsory figures inspiration check out this excerpt from a documentary on the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics.  It showcases Janet Lynn and Trixi Schuba. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTDLjhTUMbA&feature=related

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