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The Pro Shop / Re: Minor scuffs/skate tape
« Last post by lutefisk on April 12, 2017, 08:07:54 AM »
Some of the kids at my rink cover their entire boots with the fancy, patterned duct tape that clever people use for hobby applications--like making duct tape wallets.  Don't know how they get the tape to lay smoothly over the curves of the boot without puckering, etc.  I have enough trouble getting masking tape to "do right" when I'm attempting to paint something around the house!
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Learning to skate mostly without a coach
« Last post by Leif on April 12, 2017, 07:31:09 AM »
I'm a hockey skater, self taught, 53 years old. YouTube video are very useful, you can see how the good skaters do it, and slow the video down to watch in detail the moves. I've found that comments from other skaters on the rink have been helpful. One friend helped me greatly improve my clockwise backwards crossovers when he watched and then commented that I was doing something wrong. A figure skater also made some criticisms which helped. If you can make friends on the rink, you can surely learn useful tips and get some help. One chap is an ex-hockey pro, and has made some really useful comments, such as 'listen to figure skaters'.  ;D

I think the danger of being self taught is bad habits. I can see one self taught skater has some bad habits, and I worry that I might have some. I suspect a (good) coach is well worth the money, especially for figure skating as I reckon it is technically harder than hockey skating.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Hard or Soft Ice
« Last post by Leif on April 12, 2017, 07:22:21 AM »
As long as the ice is nicely resurfaced, I don't mind. All too often our local rink does dry cuts as the ice is getting so thick that you can't see the hockey markings, and it is horrible to skate on. I find my technique far better on good ice, and it is easier to learn too. I wear hockey skates, 5/8" RoH, not sure if that makes much difference, but I'm sure the figure skaters can't like the crummy ice.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Learning to skate mostly without a coach
« Last post by emitche on April 11, 2017, 08:31:19 PM »
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I think I learned more in that one hour than in 20 hours trying by myself...

This. This is how I feel about my own one-on-one lessons. It's just been more fruitful to have an attentive coach.

I am glad you are finding more quality opportunities to skate, Hedwig. Best wishes with your skating.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Sheer to waist hosiery
« Last post by AgnesNitt on April 11, 2017, 07:11:15 PM »
Well this will make for interesting discussions after a cocktail or two... the high shine tights scare me a little.

Yeah, matte is preferable, but If you need a size outside of 'dance sizing' it's an option.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Sheer to waist hosiery
« Last post by Meli on April 11, 2017, 05:16:09 PM »
Well this will make for interesting discussions after a cocktail or two... the high shine tights scare me a little.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Minor scuffs/skate tape
« Last post by Meli on April 11, 2017, 05:10:41 PM »
I've used it on the lunge side, and really only replaced it if the edges started getting loose or if it got dirty. It did keep the abuse down. I probably should have taped my toes a bit as they have some nicks and such from scratch spins gone awry.
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Events for Skaters / Adult Training Camp - Minneapolis
« Last post by amy1984 on April 11, 2017, 11:04:09 AM »
I was wondering if anyone else was considering going to the 2 day camp in Minneapolis?  I was looking at a few different options (Barrie's ice dance weekend, lake placid) and this one looks interesting and is also close enough to me to drive.  So I impulsively broke out the credit card and registered.

http://www.sqsaparade.com/adult-training-camp/

It runs two days - Sept 22 and 23.  It looks like it's jam packed with classes and there's also the option to book private lessons.
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The Pro Shop / Sheer to waist hosiery
« Last post by AgnesNitt on April 10, 2017, 06:11:46 PM »
Did you know that Hooter's waitresses, casino workers, and dancers need special tights just like skaters need special tights? And need sizes that come in something other than '16 year old'. And for women with heights up to 6'4"

http://www.flexfashions.com/

http://www.flexfashions.com/16-casino-wear-hosiery.html

These also come in darker skin colors than you find in Mondor and Danskin.



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The Pro Shop / Re: Alternative to the Zuca
« Last post by Ethereal Ice on April 09, 2017, 03:36:28 PM »
I know this is an old post but I thought I would resurrect it to share yet another idea. My husband has found his skate bag of choice after dealing with some unsuccessful trials of other skate bags, such as the Eddie Bauer version, which was too lightweight and tore up fairly quickly. In particular I think it may be a good option for some of the guys out there. My husband is ex law enforcment and decided on this- it is a bag used to typically carry police files and equipment and he has used them in the past-  https://www.amazon.com/5-11-Tactical-Patrol-Ready-Black/dp/B000AL9CUI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491768769&sr=8-1&keywords=Police+bag

The most noticeable thing about this bag is how lightweight it is. Empty, it seems to weigh practically nothing, but it is really strong and sturdy. It is not wheeled, just has the long and short straps that are very strong. He carries fairly minimal stuff, but this bag can and does hold much more. Currently, he carries size 12 extra wide Harlicks, he has the large puffy soakers that take up quite a bit of space as well as regular soakers, accessories like bunga pads and skate dessicant inserts, and he uses the center exterior pocket in front for pairs of socks and drying towels. He uses one outside pocket for water and carries his gaurds in the exterior velcro holders, that way they do not get the interior wet. I help care for his skates and I love how roomy yet organized the interior is, the dividers and easy open top make it simple to care for the skates and let them air out. You can easily add clothing or extra shoes in the inside or outside pockets if need be. An unconventional skate bag, yet for him it works perfectly. I know what to carry our skates in has been an ongoing issue for some, perhaps someone else will find this idea useful.
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