Figure Skating Techniques

Learn to Figure Skate!

Learn to Figure Skate!
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There are many moves figure skaters must master. This article includes links to lessons on falling and getting up on skates, how to stop, how to skate forward, and how to spin and jump.

  • Learn How to Stop
    After learning how to fall and get up, a new figure skater should learn how to stop on the ice.
  • How To Move Forward on Ice Skates
    The next thing most beginning ice skaters learn (after mastering falling down, getting up, and stopping), is how to move forward on the ice.
  • A Lesson on Forward Swizzles
    Forward swizzles help knees bend. Swizzles should be mastered before a skater attempts to master forward stroking.
  • How to Stroke Forward On Figure Skates
    Once gliding on one foot and forward swizzles are mastered, a new figure skater can begin to learn forward stroking.
  • Before You Try to Skate Backwards
    This exercise will help beginning figure skaters become comfortable with the feeling of moving backward on ice skates.
  • A Lesson on Forward Crossovers
    Crossovers are the way ice skaters move around corners.
  • How to Spin
    Learning to spin on skates is not easy, but is fun!
  • How to Do a Spiral
    A spiral or arabesque is an ice skating move done on one foot where the free leg and back are horizontal to the ice. Most new beginning figure skaters can master this move.