The Direct Linkage of Skating to Ballet
Did any of you watch the US Figure Skating Championships (“Nationals”) a few weeks ago? I’m not sharing any spoilers here, but I wanted to comment that Nathan Chen was amazing. In an issue of Skating Magazine last year, Nathan shared that he has been taking ballet since he was a child.
Frankly, I am not surprised. His posture, extension and arms are exquisite. When he skates, it’s like ballet on ice.
I’ve shared with you all that I started taking ballet lessons too. My hope is to improve my presence on the ice.
I admit that at times, it’s hard to understand how certain ballet elements translate to the ice. However, I came across this article recently that shares a direct link from ballet elements to skating elements.
- A tendu to degage in ballet directly translates to stroking in figure skating
- Sous sous in ballet equate to jumping in skating
Take a look at the article. I found it extremely fascinating and shared it with my ballet instructor so she could understand the parallels between our two sports.