Skating Fridays


Last week, I performed a skating exhibition after Learn to Skate. I didn’t do my best and was disappointed in my performance. But, I was happy that I put myself out there.

I’m not trying to make excuses about my skate, because I had full control over how I performed. But, here were the circumstances I was skating under:

  • I had been teaching Learn to Skate for about 90 minutes prior so hadn’t moved around much
  • I only had a 2 minute warm-up
  • I couldn’t feel my feet because they were frozen (see first bullet point)
  • I was still battling a nasty head cold from the week prior
  • I had a long day at work with no rest

What gives me hope is that if I can pull off a performance like this with all these crazy external factors, then I can do much better when these forces are gone.

I can do it!! And so can you!


  1. March 1, 2019 / 3:32 pm

    Hi Eva,

    After all that explaining about being frozen and such I thought it might not be that great of a skate, but it’s lovely! You have nothing to explain away! I’m glad you get to skate to that lovely music from Swan Lake. Makes me want to skate to it someday. We all deserve to have our chance at it, right? I like a lot of things about this. Your spin where you go down in a broken leg position (I think) and then lean to one side is really cool. I also like where you do a back loop-y thing and come to stop, and then hop-step to the other side. Looks hard and really neat to watch! And your jumps are nothing to sneeze at, either! The first axel is perfect, right?

    • evabakes
      March 1, 2019 / 7:39 pm

      The music is the Grand pas de deux from the Nutcracker. 😄 And yes, there is lots to be happy about in this performance but I wish I had skated better! The broken leg sit position is new so I am happy it went well. And thanks for the comments on the back pivot and axel. They are improving for sure!

  2. Lu Meyer
    March 1, 2019 / 5:02 pm

    You look marvelous, Eva! Very graceful and beautiful, I am proud of you!

    • evabakes
      March 1, 2019 / 7:39 pm

      Thank you so much! Can’t wait to see you again!

  3. March 1, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    Eva, one thing I noticed from your video is how much stronger your choreographic elements have gotten. The transitions and toe steps were very well done and spot-on with the music! I know you were not happy with your skating, but I thought the overall performance was very solid. And the next time you do it, you’ll be able to feel your feet. Good for you!

    • evabakes
      March 1, 2019 / 7:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Jo! If I can pull off this type of performance with no feeling in my feet, then hopefully that means I skate skate even better when my feet are warm!

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