Beginning a Bronze Solo Free Dance

by Mary on November 10, 2017

I’m working on my first ever free dance program. It’s a solo free dance, which is the newest competition category in skating and kind of a ‘Wild West’ where there aren’t very many rules about what you can and can’t do. It’s modeled after partner free dance, which of course has twizzles, lifts, and partner spins.

In adult bronze solo free dance you have to do at least one twizzle, a dance spin, a full-ice step sequence, and a five second full stop. You hold an edge element which is a substitute for the lifts in partner dance. There are plenty of possibilities for what to do.

I had a couple of lessons with Ty before he left where he came up with choreographic ideas for me and left me videos, and I’ve been working from those. Now Sharon Baker is helping me with the choreography.

It’s a long way from finished, and you can see in the video that I’m still struggling to remember the steps that I have.

I have a deadline for when I want to perform this piece. I signed up for the 7K Adult Getaway skating camp January 12-14th in Monument, Colorado. It’s run by Kori Ade, Jason Brown’s coach. I’m pretty sure Jason will be there too. And Jason’s choreographer Rohene Ward will be part of the seminar.

It’s all very exciting, and I’m trying to have excitement and not just nerves at the idea that we will have an exhibition where Kori and Rohene will critique our programs. Certainly it’s a big motivator to work on my program.

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Wendy November 10, 2017 at 11:25 pm

You make it look so effortless, which is the key, right? Nice work!
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Mary November 12, 2017 at 5:08 am

I’m glad it looks that way to you, Wendy. The beginning has more flow now that I’ve spent a few weeks working on it. The later parts are still uncertain and slow, and all of it needs more personality. Then there’s all the parts that we haven’t choreographed yet. It’s a process!

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Jo November 11, 2017 at 2:44 am

That is fantastic, Mary! How inspiring to watch you put together a solo free dance. You’ll have to post more videos so we can watch it come together. I like the peppy music! And what fun it will be to do it for other folks–especially (gulp!) such big name skaters. Take lots of pics, okay? Living vicariously through you….
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Mary November 12, 2017 at 5:29 am

I’m glad you are enjoying it Jo, that makes it seem more worthwhile to me, so thanks. I like the music a lot, too, I really wanted to skate to Electro Swing and did a lot of listening to pick out the song.

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Eva at Eva Bakes November 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm

I thought you had the entire sheet of ice to yourself until I saw the other skater at the end there. This looks like a GREAT start to this program, Mary. I have full confidence that you will do well. And how amazing that you get to work with all the skating celebrities! I wish I could join you but will expect a full report when you return!
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Mary November 15, 2017 at 2:01 am

Thanks for the vote of confidence in my program, Eva. Yes, we get some good ice while the kids are in school. I was very attracted to that skating camp by the folks who are running it and who will be there. I don’t always do a great job of reporting back, sometimes there’s so much to these events that I don’t know where to start! But I’ll try to give you a report.

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Kim G November 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm

So cool! You look so graceful!
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Mary November 15, 2017 at 2:01 am

Thanks Kim!

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Rachel Frutkin November 13, 2017 at 8:36 pm

How fun! I love that you basically get to do what feels good to you. Your program will be amazing!!
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Mary November 15, 2017 at 2:02 am

Yes, I love the flexibility of this event. I hope it will turn out well!

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Nicole November 13, 2017 at 9:26 pm

This is SO COOL! I wish I could skate like that.
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Mary November 15, 2017 at 2:04 am

I know lots of people who have started as adults!

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Deborah Brooks November 13, 2017 at 11:56 pm

how fun! Thanks for sharing the video-I would fall right on my butt.
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Mary November 15, 2017 at 2:04 am

Well you don’t see me running any marathons, either.

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Coco November 14, 2017 at 1:53 am

It’s so fun to see your video! I love watching skating, but I’ve got no skillz. 😉
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Mary November 15, 2017 at 2:05 am

Thanks Coco! There’s lots of skating to watch right now, it’s the season for the Grand Prix of figure skating and after that will come the Olympics and Worlds!

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Michelle November 14, 2017 at 2:17 am

How exciting to be putting together your first dance program! This is a great start – looking forward to hearing how it all finally comes together!
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Mary November 15, 2017 at 2:06 am

Thanks Michelle! I will try to post video of the program after I have it further along.

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Kimberly Hatting November 14, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Sounds exciting! The video is great 😉
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Toni November 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm

You are amazing! I’d surely break something if I even attempted to do anything like that! Good luck!
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Kathryn November 14, 2017 at 6:57 pm

Wow, you’re amazing! I look like such a fool when I’m out on the ice trying to ice skate.
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Mary November 15, 2017 at 12:55 am

Oh I’m sure you are just out there having fun and skating around in circles like everyone else. Maybe this will be the winter to get little man on the ice? I started at two, so it’s doable. If you ever want to there’s Learn to Skate, you and your son could do it at the same time (in different groups). I always liked kid activities where I could get a workout too.

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Jenn November 14, 2017 at 9:39 pm

So cool! I would be flat on my bum in a matter of seconds if I even attempted that!

I love watching figure skating. It’s so graceful and athletic all at once.
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Mary November 15, 2017 at 12:50 am

Yes the combo of athleticism and artistry is figure skating’s calling card!

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