How to Do a Camel Spin in Figure Skating

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Step One

A skater prepping for a camel spin
JO ANN Schneider Farris

A camel spin is a figure skating spin that is done with the same body position as the spiral (arabesque). This tutorial shows the basic steps required to do a camel spin.

The camel spin is commonly entered by first doing a few back crossovers in a circle.

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Step Two

skater winding up for the spin
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After doing a few back crossovers in a small circle, the last back crossover sort of "winds ups" the skater.

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Step Three

skater stepping forward for the spin
JO ANN Schneider Farris

The skater steps forward into the center of the circle that was created by the back crossovers, reverses direction, and then pushes into the camel spin.

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Step Four

skater stepping into a strong and deep curve
JO ANN Schneider Farris

As the skater enters a camel spin, the skater should step onto a strong and deep curve. The skater's shoulders should be level. The skating knee should bend deeply as the skater leans forward into a spiral position.

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Step Five

skater holding up head during spin
JO ANN Schneider Farris

Some skaters straighten the skating knee quickly as the spin begins; others rise up slowly. The weight of the foot must actually be on the ball of the skate and not too far forward over the toe pick. The skater's back should be arched. The head should be held up during the entry and also during the spin.

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Step Six

Skaters spinning in a horizontal camel position.
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Skaters should try to spin for at least four revolutions in the horizontal camel position.

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Step Seven

skater in a forward scratch spin
JO ANN Schneider Farris

Some skaters will go right into a forward scratch spin from a camel spin.

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Step Eight

skater pushing out backward onto a strong back outside edge to exit the camel spin
JO ANN Schneider Farris

Skaters usually push out backward onto a strong back outside edge to exit the camel spin.