The warm up went smoothly. Dmytri and I coasted around, did a couple crossovers, talked about hockey and beer. As the warm up ended I asked, "Don't we get to practice to our music?"
Dmytri eyed me quizzically. "You just did."
I don't remember much about the test, except that a little more than halfway through it I thought, "I'm really having fun!"
And then I thought, "Oh shit!! Which crossover are we on?! The inside swingrolls?! Damn it, which foot?!"
As if reading my mind, Dmytri said calmly, "Don't rush."
I have to admit, this was a fantastic experience. Everyone was so kind and encouraging. Dmytri explained everything and made me feel completely at ease. There was a very long delay in getting my results and while I was waiting, he stopped by to check on me. "If I wanted to do this again, would you be willing?" I asked sheepishly.
"Yes," he laughed. "Two more beginning dances, Dutch Waltz and Canasta Tango. They are fast." I noticed he didn't mentioned re-testing Rhythm Blues...did he think I'd passed?
The feedback I got on my skating seemed fair, probably generous, definitely empowering. I liked my judge.
- Flowed well
- Toe pushed on strokes
- Shoulders appear hunched and tight
- Nice partnering
- Please work on stroking technique, toe pushes unacceptable at the next level (Editorial note: apparently my stroking makes judges want to stick tacks in their eyes.)
- Timing accurate
I passed!! And I left feeling like a real figure skater.