Ten Fox Bronze Ice Dance Test

by Mary on May 18, 2014

dancing with Ty

finishing the Ten Fox

I passed both of my tests! It was a bit nuts to test the gold moves and the Ten Fox dance on consecutive days but it worked. After my gold moves test Wednesday I went directly to another rink to get in half an hour on my Ten Fox. I hadn’t practiced it all week because I’d been heads down on the moves.

Thursday morning I met coach Ty for one more lesson on the dance. An ice dance judge at the rink offered to watch us skate it. She thought it looked good but had a couple of suggestions. She felt my three turn used too much hip and shoulder to turn it.

I’ve gotten that feedback before and I know what she’s talking about. The turn should follow the natural timing created by the edge and not be forced or torqued by excessive hip and shoulder action. It’s something I’m working on but it’s not something I was able to change on that one day for the test.

The judge’s other suggestion was to bend my knees more on the end pattern. There is indeed something funky about the way I skate the end pattern, especially the second one in the video. I skate it well by myself, but not as well with a partner.

At the test session that afternoon I was more nervous than I’d anticipated– I thought I’d worked out all my nerves the day before testing the moves– but skating the dance a couple of times on the warmup helped. Ty told me push about four times in a row, eventually that sank in and I thought it might be good to actually, you know, push. That helped. His advice was to keep it simple, bend and push.

I was judged by one dance judge, who passed me at the standard level. Her comments were to extend on the back runs (back progressives) and that there was a ‘slight toe push on your forward end pattern.’ Both valid issues. I did not get my foot down for a flat push on that end pattern (bending my knees as the other judge suggested would have helped), and there are a lot of places where I need more extension. I can see progress, though, from the last dance test. I did better at keeping my lean in the same direction as Ty’s, and at keeping my hips under me at certain points where I tend to lose that, like when stepping forward.

I like the Ten Fox, it was a fun one to dance, especially the point where we finish the back swing roll and then step forward onto an inside edge. I won’t get to dance for a while now, though, coach Ty will be gone for the summer. I’ll miss him! When we get to dance again I’ll be starting the pre-silver dances, I’m looking forward to that!

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Eva May 19, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Did you just say that you passed your Gold Moves?!?! If so, I am so incredibly excited for you! I know how hard you worked on that and can’t wait to read the summary of how test day went. And congrats on passing the Ten Fox! I know exactly nothing about the dance track, so I can’t offer anything other than a WHOO HOO! 🙂
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mary May 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Yup Eva I did, haven’t gotten the video edited so I haven’t written about it yet. Might be a while since I have my son’s graduation this weekend. I’m very happy to have passed!


Marcia May 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Congrats Mary! I love that pic of you. You look so happy!


mary May 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Thanks Marcia!


Michelle May 21, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Congrats! You look beautiful out there!


mary May 22, 2014 at 12:11 am

Thanks Michelle!


Dale May 22, 2014 at 2:20 am

Really fun to watch – you look happy, graceful, peaceful and skilled!


mary May 23, 2014 at 5:56 am

Thank you Dale!


Alejeather May 23, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Congratulations, Mary! Two awesome tests to have passed! I know how hard you’ve been working on gold moves, so special congratulations on those!

The step forward after the back swing roll is my favorite step of the ten-fox 🙂
Though I get chewed out for my back swing roll aaaaaall the time. I haven’t tested any of my bronze dances yet, but my coach did start me on the foxtrot at our last lesson. I think it will be a fun one!

Congratulations, again, and enjoy your post test freedom to work on new things!
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Joanne May 26, 2014 at 8:52 pm

That was so much fun to watch! I loved the synchronization of a couples ice routine. It must have felt great. You looked so relaxed. Good job!
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mary May 31, 2014 at 3:07 am

Thanks Joanne! It makes it easier to be relaxed with my coach right there on the ice with me.


Elena June 30, 2014 at 11:21 am

Yesss Mary thats great work. I enjoyed your video and there was so great tuning between you 2. I myself am a dancer and have tried on the Ice rink, but I know it is really hard work. Great 🙂


Lindsey S July 1, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Hi Mary. Apologies that this isn’t exactly a comment on your post, but I just wanted to drop you a quick message as I know you occasionally read my blog too. I’ve changed the web address of it, which means anyone who followed me won’t necessarily see the updates anymore. The new one is what I’ve posted under here.

You look fab in these videos – dance is an absolute mystery to me and I can only dream of ever having edges good enough! My outside edges are my biggest issue.
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mary July 1, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Thanks, Lindsey, I’m happy to have the link to your new blog, I wouldn’t want to lose track! Dance is great for working on edges so I think they would come in the process, and then you’d have the edges for your freestyle too. Just another angle of attack on this big multifaceted challenge of skating.


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