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Figure Skating Crossrolls

Cross rolls are performed when the feet cross over as the skater skates in a serpentine shape. The "roll" refers to the action of the body which is caused to roll from one circle to another. This is a particularly common step in ice dancing and can be performed in either a right or a left direction.
  1. Position yourself on the ice.
  2. Extend your chosen free leg forward from your body. This will continue as the propelling movement throughout the exercise.
  3. Begin a progressive run. Your upper and lower body should be working in opposition. This means that when your right hip is forward because you are skating on your right leg, your left shoulder and arm should be forward against the hip.
  4. Change to the new foot. At this moment, also change the body opposition, so that you change shoulders and arms against your changing hip and foot. Perform the changes as rhythmically as possible.
  5. Cross your feet. Allow your weight to shift forward in a diagonal line. This means that your weight moves to the opposite body side to the foot that crosses. For instance, when you cross your right foot, the weight should shift forward to the left side of your body and vice versa.
  6. Drive each step onto a bent knee and rise your other leg into the next step.
  7. Keep a good rhythm. During the skating movement, try to feel your thighs as closed as possible. Every step should achieve a semi-circle. Count one-two, one-two to maintain the rhythm. Ultimately, you want to achieve skating a whole series of cross rolls in a serpentine shape across the ice.
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