Skating the Fiesta Tango

by Mary on November 17, 2012


Passed my third and last pre-bronze ice dance, the Fiesta Tango! So far the tango dances have been my favorites. I like the sharp quality the tango is supposed to have, reflected here by details like the way the partners look quickly to the left and right.

Timing, an accurate pattern on the ice, and unison are also important. I used to play a couple of instruments so keeping time is one of the easier aspects for me. Our unison was good with the exception of the swing rolls, the big leg swing way to the front, then back.

I watched a friend pass a higher-level ice dance test on the same session, and another friend pass a pre-bronze dance test the next day. Friends who are working toward the same goals are so motivating. I also appreciated my skater friends who came to watch me. I love the social aspect of skating, and I think most people would quit their sport if it didn’t have a social element.

My dance coach Ty teaches me so much and he’s fun to work with. He’s the main reason that I learn ice dances. He’s taught me well enough to be able to pass these pre-bronze dances at the standard skill level, the same quality bar that the young competitive skaters have to meet.

I could have taken the test at the easier adult level or the 50-and-over masters level which is easier still. I’m not yet ready to say that I have to be cut slack due to my age, so we’ll see how far I can get on the regular competitive track. Now that I’ve finished this test I’m ready to learn the three bronze dances. I’ve started on one of them and am looking forward to learning them all.

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Rosie November 18, 2012 at 3:23 am

Thank you for sharing this wonderful event with us. I so enjoy watching your skating, you keep getting better & better, loved the synchrony in this one in particular.

Keep on keeping on the ice,


mary November 18, 2012 at 4:04 am

Thanks, Rosie, I appreciate the support!


Crabby McSlacker November 18, 2012 at 3:44 am

Wow, that’s inspiring! I’m afraid my few experiences on ice skates all involved falling on my rear in short order, but I love to watch others like you who are so graceful!
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mary November 18, 2012 at 4:05 am

Thanks, Crabby!


Shulamit November 19, 2012 at 12:55 am

Love it, Mary! Your ability to stay in sync with your partner is impressive. You obviously have been giving ice skating/dancing a strong commitment level, it shows.

Thanks for sharing the video.



mary November 19, 2012 at 4:23 am

Thanks, Shu! It’s something I really want to do, and I figure if not now, when?
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The Texas Peach November 19, 2012 at 2:21 am

Way to go, Mary! You looked so great out there on the ice! I love watching figure skating, especially the couples. I can manage to stay up and make it around the ice rink without falling, but that’s about it. Keep up the great work!
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mary November 19, 2012 at 4:16 am

Thanks, Tempie! You did well with your run, too!
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Reeni November 24, 2012 at 2:45 am

Great job! You make it look effortless! You seem to glide across the ice. I haven’t ice skated in years – probably wouldn’t even be able to stand up.
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mary November 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Thanks, Reeni! I popped over to your blog to check out your green chili corn pudding– looks like a great recipe to feed a family.
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Marc November 30, 2012 at 10:09 am

Wonderful! Personally, I love the Tango, especially the Argentinian Tango. I have never seen it interpreted on the ice so well, though.
Thanks for sharing, Mary.


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