Bronze Ice Dance Test | Hickory Hoedown

by Mary on January 12, 2013

man in black outfit and woman in black skating dress skating

after the ice dance test

I’m so relieved and happy to have passed my ice dance test tonight! I was worried that I wasn’t as ready as I was for my last test. Coach Ty thought I was testing a few weeks from now and was surprised to hear that the test was this Friday. When he said, “I thought we were testing at the end of the month but it will be OK,” I was thinking, I hope so!

Last week I fell during one of our dances together and even managed to take Ty down, a super-rare event which must have taken some really misplaced skating on my part. So this week my ice dancing was rather tentative and wimpy. Another skater videoed our dance and I was unhappy to see that I was hardly pushing or extending my legs at all.

We decided an extra lesson was called for plus practice the day of the test. I mentioned the fall to Ty and bless him, he claimed not to remember it at all. Almost made me question reality: certainly convinced me that it was not a big deal.

Friday we skated the dance together about six times. After the last one he said, “That was pretty good. Except for the tripping, and the weak arms…”  Sigh. There was so much I could still do to make the dance better. On that last dance I’d stumbled a bit on a progressive step and I’d been thinking of other things than maintaining the space between us with my arms. He’d given my too-relaxed arms a little shake a couple of times to remind me to push against him.

After our lesson I started working to get better leg extension on one of the backward steps, overdid it and fell. I figured I’d run out of time to improve that detail before the test. But after a skating a little more and then taking a break to just plain chat with another adult ice dancer, I gave the problem area another try and made some progress. But there was only so much I could do, I didn’t want to over-practice on test day.

So home to eat a quick lunch, iron my skating dress and do a few chores, and on my way to the rink for the test. I was nervous about getting there on time and it took me a while to settle down once I got there. It helped when an adult skater friend testing on the same session arrived, and even more when coach Ty got there. Best of all was when my husband walked in not long before my skate.

Finally it was time for our warmup. Ty reminded me a few times in funny ways to breathe. It’s so nice to have someone out on the ice with you, that doesn’t happen in singles skating.

My friend was first up on her test. Her dress was beautiful and she did a great job on her freestyle elements. Then it was our turn. I was able to get power and put some energy into extending my legs, and even smile (just part of the time– that’s an ongoing project!). I was quite close to the corner on a couple of my turns, but avoided the wall (I’m sure my coach was helping with that!). Overall it went much better than I’d expected.

And… I passed, with a couple extra points above the required minimum level. That was nice of the judge to add those in. I certainly didn’t expect that, I was thinking I would probably just squeak by… or not. But I actually had a little fun out there and had a good skate.

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Rosie January 13, 2013 at 1:28 am

Awesome job Mary, you are an inspiration to watch skate! h
Hearing all about the details of your preparation was really interesting. Thank you so much for sharing this with us all.


mary January 15, 2013 at 1:22 am

I’m glad you liked it, Rosie, thanks for reading and commenting!
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msihua ( January 13, 2013 at 4:53 am
mary January 13, 2013 at 7:17 am

Thanks, Ms. I-Hua!


Jane January 15, 2013 at 1:10 am

Yay – congrats!!! You look so beautiful out there!
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mary January 21, 2013 at 2:03 am

Thanks, Jane!


Laura January 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Wow, way to go! I am in awe… I’m pretty clumsy on ice skates. 🙂
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mary January 16, 2013 at 3:46 am

Maybe, but you are awesome in running shoes. Congratulations on powering through your second marathon despite the wind and the rain! And thanks for the visit and nice comment!


Nina January 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Yippeee…congrats. thats wonderful
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mary January 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Thanks, Nina!


Shulamit January 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm

That is way awesome, Mary. I’m always impressed with your abilities and persistence in skating. (Speaking as a serious klutz, here.)


mary January 21, 2013 at 2:02 am

Aw, thanks, Shu, I appreciate it!


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