I think most of the dances are the same, but some of them have different names, and all of the levels have different names. Yes, Canadians can compete in the US, but not at qualifying competitions. I have competed at invitational competitions in the US. And in Canada we have sectionals, then provincials (Challenge), and then nationals. :)
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I’ll tell you about everything that’s in my skating bag. Let me start off by saying that I bring an excessive amount of stuff to skating. I do not need all of these things. I just to be prepared in case of an emergency. Plus, with my knee problems, I always need to have things like Advil & knee braces in my skating bag. In the near future, I plan to get a new skating bag (because the handle of this one is breaking) and take out some of the stuff I don’t really need. My bag is just a black duffle bag with sequins on the sides. I think it’s from Winners.
So first, I have my necessities, which are just free inside the duffle bag. This includes my skates, my soft guards, my hard guards, my running shoes, my kleenex box, my lint roller (I wear black leggings to skating and I have three dogs), and extra water bottles.
And then I have all the other things separated into large ziploc bags with labels.
There you have it :) I hope you enjoyed seeing all the (useful and non-useful) stuff in my skating bag. And if you’re wondering if it all fits, the answer is no. Well, it fits, but it doesn’t zip shut.
They bought us dresses to wear when we presented the medals.
Okay, I’ll do that :)
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.
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.