CALLE OUVERT ICE
A workshop/class combining John Curry’s technique with a movement language for the ice inspired by Martha Graham. This class has been taught in Costa Rica, in New York for the Ice Theater of New York, In Boston at the Contemporary Movement Festival and in the Hudson Valley, NY.
1) Edge Class Edges are the foundation of all skating, they are the ballet bar, the musician’s scales. Class progresses from the foundational plie to forward and backward inside and outside edges to cross roles, twizzles, 3-turns, brackets, rockers and counters. These are the lexicon all skaters have to work with. In years past the school figures insured that skaters had ample time to learn control, precision and mastery over all of these turns and edges. John Curry infused the aesthetic of ballet into exercises set to music that travel across the ice and utilize all of the edges and turns while developing turnout, alignment and posture. The excitement in the exercises is not in the what but in the how, the lens is not on the entire surface of the ice, it is on each person’s body and the shapes they make and the negative space between other skaters as they skate and relate together. My studies of contemporary dance and specifically the Martha Graham technique add additional expressive movement by utilizing contractions and turns around the spine, bringing the lens even closer to the body.
2) Pilates, Dance and Yoga Off the ice, standing still and laying down we have time to organize and prepare the body to move efficiently and safely. Warming the body gently and slowly, asking specific muscles to work while others relax, develops awareness and intelligent strength. Basic Ballet and Graham exercise are combined with yoga stretches to prepare skaters to see movement through a finer lens.
3) Figure Class Learn to skate a forward outside eight, skate the pattern several times, each time tracing over the blade markings. Learn what a perfect three turn, bracket, rocker and counter look like. The tracing you leave on the ice tells you what you need to work on if you understand how to interpret it. Get started learning the art of figures and you will have a vast tool to help guide you as you progress.