10 Best Ice Skating Poses
There are some ice skating poses that all ice skaters dream to learn and master. If you are a fan of ice skating, those ice skating poses are bound to leave you astonished. These poses take years of practice and passion to master. So, let’s explore the best 10 ice skating poses for the fans to recognize and the skaters to practice.
Waltz Jump Ice Skating Poses
When you will see an ice skater taking off from a forward outside edge, you will know that it is going to be a Waltz Jump pose. In this jump, you will see the skater making a half revolution in the air and landing on his/her back outside edge on the opposite foot.
Salchow Ice Skating Poses
The name of this jump came from its inventor Ulrich Salchow in 1909. You will see a salchow jump pose when an ice skater slides from the back inside edge of his/her one foot to the back outside edge of the other foot. In this pose, the ice skater performs a half revolution in the air. She/he will do it from a forward outside in three turns. After turning three times, the skater will stop for a moment with the free foot extended behind. Then she/he will swing the free leg forward and around with a wide taking up motion. Then she/he will jump and land on the free leg doing the motion.
Toe Loop Ice Skating Poses
For outdoor ice skating or public ice skating, toe loop is a popular jump pose. It was invented by Bruce Mapes during 1920s. Bruce Mapes was an American professional skater. To be honest, the toe loop pose is called a Mapes jump pose if you do it with a pair of roller skating shoes instead of ice skating shoes.
You will see a toe loop pose when an ice skater skates backward on an outside edge with a toe assist. The skater will pick with the other toe and then jump to perform a half revolution in the air like a waltz jump. She/he will land on the foot that did not pick. The skater will be gliding backward on the outside edge of his/her skating shoe while landing to take a pose.
Loop Ice Skating Poses
Loop jump is quite similar to toe loop jump poses except there is no toe assist in loop jump poses. It is sometimes called an “edge jump”.
In a loop jump pose, you will see an ice skater taking off from a back outside edge his/her shoes and jumping a full revolution in the air. Then she/he will land backward on the same back outside edge of his/her shoes.
Flip Ice Skating Poses
You will see a flip jump pose when an ice skater glides backward on a back inside edge of a foot and picks with the other foot to jump a full revolution in the air. Then she/he will land on the back outside edge of the foot that she/he uses to pick.
Flying Ice Skating Poses
The flying pose of ice skating is a spin with a jump entry. In a flying sit spin, a skater jumps upwards and bends his/her knee to form a sitting pose at the peak of the jump. Then she/he lands in that similar sitting pose on the ice to perform a spin.
Layback Ice Skating Poses
Layback poses are usually performed by women. The skater spins with an upright position. While increasing the speed of the spin, she lets her head and shoulders go backward curving her back. It is called the layback pose of ice skating.
Lutz Ice Skating Poses
The Lutz jump pose was invented by Alois Lutz, an Australian, in 1913. The Lutz jump pose is quite similar to the flip pose, but the takeoff is exactly the opposite. You will see a Lutz pose when you see a skater moves from a back outside edge of a foot and picks with the other foot to jump a full revolution in the air. Then she/he will land on the back inside edge of the foot that she/he uses to pick.
Axel Ice Skating Poses
The name of this jump came from its inventor Axel Paulsen in 1882. You will see an axel jump pose when a skater takes off banking on a forward outside edge. After jumping from that forward edge, the skater makes one full revolution and a half revolution in the air and lands on the skate on a back outside edge.
Biellmann Ice Skating Poses
Biellmann ice skating poses are a variety of upright spin poses named after its inventor Denise Biellmann. This spin pose requires excellent flexibility in your back and legs. This pose is only performed by women. In this pose, the skater bends her shoulders backward standing in an upright position and lifts a foot upward from her behind to grab onto the skate blade of that foot by her hands. Then she spins while standing upright on one foot in a kind of reverse split position.
These ice skating poses are extremely difficult and should be performed by professional skaters only. These poses are generally performed in outdoor ice skating or public ice skating. Professional skaters wear different sets of ice skating costumes when they perform these ice skating poses and moves.