Skating Fridays

New Side by Side Pairs Spin

My partner Kenneth and I have been having a blast on the ice. Every week when we practice, I laugh my head off – maybe even more than my weekly lessons with my Ukrainian coach. Kenneth and I like to joke about how bad and old we both are. Regardless, it’s still a blast skating pairs, even if we aren’t very good yet.

We’ve been working on a side by side spin. While we can typically do an upright spin pretty in synch, we wanted to try something new. The spin we tried this time was a sit spin. Well, except we added a little feature to it. Since both he and I suffer from sciatica, we keeled over and spun. Amazingly, we ended up in synch! In fact, this was probably the most in synch we’ve ever been in a side by side spin!

Sure, we acted a bit for this video, but it actually wasn’t too far off from the truth. We often have to stop and stretch or un-pinch our sciatic nerves while we skate together. I guess that’s what happens when you’re old.



  1. March 26, 2021 / 8:48 pm

    I think this side-by-side spin is a keeper! But hopefully the pain will go away for both of you.

    • evabakes
      March 27, 2021 / 12:01 pm

      I hope the sciatica goes away too, but somehow I think it’s sticking around!

  2. Lisa
    March 31, 2021 / 2:51 pm

    I can’t believe you found an adult pairs partner who is also a clockwise rotater! Lucky!

    • evabakes
      March 31, 2021 / 5:29 pm

      Yes – I am very lucky indeed!

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