Free Skate

Each Free Skate level is divided into three sections: skating skills, spins and jumps. The levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation to continue recreational lessons or begin a competitive approach to the sport of figure skating.

Pre-Free Skate

Pre-Free Skate
  • Forward inside open mohawk from a standstill position (R to L and L to R)
  • Backward crossovers to a backward outside edge glides (landing position), clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward outside edge to a forward outside edge transition, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Two forward crossovers into a forward inside mohawk, step down and cross behind, step into one backward crossover and step to a forward inside edge, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • One-foot upright spin, optional entry and free-foot position (minimum three revolutions)
  • Mazurka (R and L)
  • Waltz jump
  • Backward inside pivots, clockwise and counterclockwise


Free Skate 1

Free Skate 1
  • Forward power stroking, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Basic forward outside and forward inside consecutive edges (four to six consecutive edges)
  • Backward outside three-turns (R and L)
  • Upright spin, entry from back crossovers (min. four to six revolutions)
  • Half flip
  • Toe loop
  • Waltz jump-side toe hop-waltz jump sequence, or waltz jump-ballet jump-toe loop sequence

Free Skate 2

Free Skate 2
  • Alternating forward outside and inside spirals on a continuous axis (two sets)
  • Basic backward outside and backward inside consecutive edges (four to six consecutive edges)
  • Backward inside three-turns (R and L) Spin:
  • Beginning back spin (up to two revolutions) Jumps:
  • Half Lutz
  • Salchow
  • Bonus Skill: Variation of a forward spiral, skater’s choice

Free Skate 3

Free Skate 3
  • Alternating backward crossovers to back outside edges – Four sets
  • Alternating mohawk/crossover sequence (R to L and L to R)
  • Waltz three-turns (forward outside three turn, backward outside edge glide), clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Advanced backspin with free foot in crossed leg position (min. three revolutions)
  • Loop jump
  • Waltz jump-toe loop or Salchow-toe loop combination
  • Bonus Skill: Toe step sequence, skater’s choice, using a variety of toe steps

Free Skate 4

Free Skate 4
  • Forward power three-turns (R and L), 3 sets each
  • Waltz eight, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Forward upright spin to backward upright spin (3 revs., each foot)
  • Sit spin (minimum three revolutions)
  • Half loop F. Flip
  • Bonus Skill: Split jump, stag jump or split falling leaf

Free Skate 5

Free Skate 5
  • Backward outside three-turn, mohawk (backward power three-turns), clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Five-step mohawk sequence, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Camel spin (minimum three revolutions)
  • Waltz jump-loop jump combination
  • Lutz jump
  • Bonus Skill: Loop-loop combination

Free Skate 6

Free Skate 6
  • Forward power pulls (R and L)
  • Creative step sequence, skater’s choice, using a variety of three-turns, mohawks and toe steps
  • Camel-sit spin combination (minimum two revolutions each position)
  • Layback or attitude spin or cross-foot spin (three revolutions)
  • Waltz jump-half loop-Salchow jump sequence
  • Axel
  • Bonus Skill: Backward outside pivot, entry optional