Skating Fridays

Revamped Spin

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take a lesson with Coach Phillip out in San Francisco. I was there for work, and he had the availability to take me for a morning lesson.

I had him review snippets of my program to see what I needed to revise and/or improve. He tweaked some bits of my choreographic step sequence and then asked to look at my spins. Surprisingly, he didn’t had much to say about my first two spins. He wasn’t, however, too thrilled with my final spin.

I had contemplated putting a more difficult spin as the final spin, but I found that I was very gassed by the end of my program that it was difficult to pull off. Additionally, my strategy has been to maximize points by executing the best element of my ability. While it’s theoretically feasible to execute a harder spin at the very end of my program, in reality, I have a very low likelihood of executing it. As a result, my spin gets nullified or receives poor scores.

Last season, my coaches and I decided to do something easy so that I could guarantee myself some points with positive grades of execution. We settled on a change foot upright spin. Coach Phillip noticed that one of the positions was similar to one that I had already executed previously, so if I had a picky technical panel, they would not award me the position for the final spin. Consequently, he suggested I revamp the spin into a different position.

Here is what I came up with. This still needs some work, but it’s a start! If I can pull this off, I hope to earn a change foot upright spin, level 3 (CUSp3). I have 8 revolutions in a difficult variation plus a change to an upright spin going in the other direction. Fingers crossed!


  1. Lu Meyer
    June 29, 2024 / 8:49 am

    Good job, Eva. Your hard work is paying off!

    • evabakes
      July 3, 2024 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

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