Anonymous:
hi! do you have any tips for people who are just beginners in figure skating?
Anonymous:
A post about what's in your skating bag would be really cool!!! :)

Okay, I’ll do that :)

Anonymous:
How do you map out a program?

You just draw the pattern of your solo on a sheet of paper. It’s meant to be a replica of the tracings/lines that your skates make on the ice surface when you do your program. Mapping out your program helps you see how much ice you are covering, how well your elements are spaced out, and what shapes you are making in your choreography. For crosscuts, you can draw big, curvy X’s. For spins you can draw little swirls. For jumps you can draw the lines that the jump makes on the ice. It’s helpful to write the name of the element beside the drawing of it. And my coach suggests drawing the first third (time-wise) of your program in red, the second third in blue, and the final third green. This makes the map easier to read and shows if you’re skating in one area for too long at any point in your program.

Anonymous:
after a moves test, are u supposed to curtsy to the judges? i never know and i always feel so awkward! do you just skate straight off the ice? idk

No, I don’t. I don’t know anyone who does, but maybe it’s different where you’re from. I usually hold my ending position for a few moments, then skate nicely off the ice with my arms up. To show thanks to the judge, a simple ‘thank you’ and a genuine smile after you get off the ice is always good.

Anonymous:
Hi, this is the person who asked the question about the testing dresses. Just wanted to say that I passed both my tests! :) thanks for your help

Congratulations & you’re welcome

Anonymous:
Do you buy a new club jacket every year?

Well I only started buying them two years ago and I’ve gotten one each of those two years. My parents buy them and give them to me for Christmas. I’m not sure whether or not I’ll get another one this year.

nozrebil:
Oh my god I do the mapping thing all the time! Especially when I'm bored in school...

Yeah I do it during school all the time :)

Anonymous:
HELP! I'm testing tomorrow, for both MIF and FS. I have 2 dresses I could wear: 1) Long sleeve, sparkly designs on the body but the skirt is slightly too short or 2) Sleeveless, very plain, with an appropriate length skirt. I am leaning towards # 1 just because this is one test session that will last 15 mins tops for both events. Thoughts? Is there anything I can do about # 1 to fix the skirt?

Do you like the long sleeve one better? If not, then I don’t see why you would pick it over the short sleeve one. Maybe you could wear the short sleeve one for your freeskate and wear the long sleeve one for your moves. This is because the shorter skirt on the long sleeve dress won’t fly up as much during moves as it would during freeskate. Another option is to try wearing some short shorts over the long sleeve dress, beneath the skirt. It may or may not look okay. It might look okay if the shorts are the same color as the dress. Wearing shorts underneath might help make the skirt look a little bit more appropriate. So, that’s my advice to you! If I were you, I’d probably just wear the short sleeve dress for both tests. For my moves tests (skills in Canada), I’m allowed to wear a form-fitting jacket over my dress. Good luck on your tests :)