With inevitable comparisons to the technical dance elements of figure skating on ice, ‘artistic roller skating’ is more difficult for a few reasons. The reinforced boot-skates on wheels are heavier for jumps and the cement surface makes for some ouch (!) landings. In programs lasting four minutes or less, a roller skater’s choreographed routine to music is judged for technical merit (height, speed, strength, and precision) and artistic merit (originality, variety, ease, and overall harmony).
‘Footwork’ is a specific aspect of this sport and it is judged separately from the artistic moves. For roller figure skating footwork, think of airplanes on runways – their approaches, take-offs and landings. But, since an approach to a jump might be backwards skating on two feet, with the left foot crossed in front of the right, the analogy ends there. Footwork connects all the hopping, spinning and jumping elements of the routine.
Head Spinning Moves
Inverted Camel Spin – The skater is on her right foot with her body and left leg extended outward parallel to the floor, rotating her hips 180 degrees, spinning upside down.
Camel Spin – She back enters into this from a ‘travelling camel’ or by cranking a series of 3-turns with the free leg swinging wide.
Layback Spin – In this back spin, the skater’s torso and free foot point to ceiling, her back is deeply arched and her free leg extends in front.
Heel Camel Spin– She spins on the back two wheels of her skates.
Broken Ankle Camel Spin – The skater rotates on the edge of the two inner wheels.
The roller skates are equipped with tiny ‘dance plugs’ which enable the skaters to stop when the performance is complete. Total control… go figure!
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)
TRAINING – COMPETITION – PODIUM