22. Mans 10-Step

Along with the waltz eight—and even before—I always teach the man's ten-step to beginners. This is also part of a bona fide dance, which can be done by couples. However, just for itself it is fun to do alone and has many uses as an introduction to spirals and jumps. So, while you are perfecting all you have learned to date, here is one more item for your fast-building repertoire. I shall merely designate the steps by edge and where the skate takes the ice on each new step. The dance makes a circular pattern, and throughout you lean and turn to the same center.

Start LOF, RIF, LOF, RIF, mohawk to LIB, push to ROB (free foot in front as always), cross the left foot close in behind onto LIB, push to ROB, crossover LIB, and now, bringing your right heel in front of your left heel in a reverse mohawk move­ment, push onto RIF. If you count each stroke as you make it, you will find there are ten of them. Hence the title. Stretch your free foot back on steps 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10. Stretch it forward on steps 6, 7, and 8. Hold your arms as in the cross­overs, the outside arm forward and the inside arm backward, changing position as you make the mohawk and the reverse mohawk. Look always inside the circle in the direction of travel. Simple, isn't it? And fun? Skaters usually feel about now that they are beginning to get some of the icing on the cake of funda­mental hard work. Dance the steps, holding each stroke one beat of march time, except steps 3 and 10, which you should hold for two beats each to make the measures come out even. Use the steps in sequences to prepare spirals, for instance, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and hold the ROB spiral. Now reverse the whole thing and do a LOB spiral. Hold 9 and turn it into a LIB spiral, etc. The combinations are many and varied. Play around. Make up your own. I want you to feel freedom and confidence on your skates before beginning the study of the two-lobe and three-lobe eights which comprise the all-important school figures of this complex sport. In fact right now you may turn to Chapter VII for the simplest free skating moves and to Chapter VIII for a start on the Dutch waltz.

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