Catch Foot
Cross Grab
Spread Eagle
Figure Skating Arabesque Sipral
An arabesque spiral is the basic spiral position. Sometimes this is called the classic spiral position. This is usually the first spirtal that a skater learns, The basic forward spiral is performed while a skater glides forward on one foot with the chest facing towards the ice and with the free leg stretched back.
Figure Skating Arabesque Spiral

The free leg should be higher than the hip level as the move occurs. Some skaters are able to achieve vertical (180 degrees) with this position, but it is not required.

The back should be arched and the free foot should be pointed and turned out. The skating leg is straight and locked (or almost locked), and the free leg is extended.

The use of arms during a spiral can vary. Some skaters hold their arms out to the sides as they do the move; others move an arm in front and hold one in back.

Beginning skaters first learn to do forward spirals in a straight line. Skaters taking the U.S. Figure Skating Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field test are required to do two forward spirals (one on each foot), down the length of an arena.

Once forward spirals in straight lines are mastered, skaters are expected to be able to do spirals on edges and on curves. Many new young skaters are able to do spirals better on outside edges than on inside edges. As ice skaters advance, they are expected to be able to do spiral variations, and spiral sequences.
follow us
Skate tube
Get Started Figure Skating!
Links to Understanding
ISU Judging System
Scoring Figure Skating Jumps in IJS
Scoring Figure Skating Spins in IJS
Scoring Figure Skating Spirals in IJS
Scoring Figure Skating Step Sequences in IJS
Grade of Execution (GOE) in IJS
Elements of Freestyle Program
© 2007 RCS Inc.