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Figure Skaters Need Off-Ice Ballet and Dance Training

Ballet and dance training, on and off the ice, is essential for figure skaters. In this section, get information on ballet and other forms on dance.

Names of Ballet Moves That Are Similar to Figure Skating Moves
Some of the moves figure skaters do look similar to moves that ballet dancers do. If possible, figure skaters should become familiar with the names of the ballet moves that correspond to figure skating jumps, spins, turns, and/or steps.

Figure Skaters Need Ballet Training
Every figure skater must have training in ballet. Ballet gives figure skaters the basics they need to control their bodies.

Kathy Johnson - Modern Dance Teacher to Elite Figure Skaters
Modern dance teacher and choreographer Kathy Johnson travels to figure skating training centers to work with some of the world's best figure skaters. In this article, Kathy Johnson shares about her background as a dancer, about how she got involved with sharing her knowledge with figure skaters, and what she does to help elite ice skaters be...

Video of Kathy Johnson Teaching a Modern Dance Class to Elite Ice Skaters
Modern dance teacher and choreographer, Kathy Johnson, specializes in coaching elite figure skaters. In this video, Johnson teaches a class to some of the top ice skaters in the United States.

Photos of Modern Dance Teacher and Choreographer Kathy Johnson
This photo gallery shows modern dance teacher and choreographer Kathy Johnson with some of the world's best figure skaters.

"Ballet Secrets for Skaters" - A Book by Barbara Denise Files
"Ballet Secrets for Skaters" is a book that teaches the secrets of ballet in an easy to read and entertaining format.

"Fundamentals of Alignment and Classical Movement for Figure Skaters"
Ballet instructor, Annette Thomas, has written a detailed book which is designed to help figure skaters take ballet techniques on and off the ice.

Dance Steps and Moves
In this section, About.com's Guide to Dance, Treva Bedinghaus, explains how to do various steps and moves from ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom, and other dance styles.

Dance Tips
About.com's Guide to Dance, Treva Bedinghaus, gives ten tips to improve any dancing style. These tips will also help figure skaters perform.

The Five Positions of Ballet
There are five basic positions in ballet. Every figure skater should know these positions. About.com's Guide to Dance, Treva Bedinghaus, shows photos of each of the ballet positions in this piece.

What to Wear to Ballet Class
Figure skaters don't always know how to dress for ballet classes. This article, by About.com's Guide to Dance, Treva Bedinghaus, explains how to dress appropriately for a ballet class.

How to Find a Dance Class
Some ice skating rinks offer special dance classes for figure skaters, but many skaters must find dance instruction outside of the rink and on their on. This article by About.com's Guide to Dance, Treva Bedinghaus, gives instructions on locating a dance class.

Tips for Buying Ballet Shoes
Figure skaters usually buy excellent skates, but don't always know that quality ballet shoes are also important for off-ice ballet training. This article, by About.com's Guide to Dance, Treva Bedinghaus, gives tips on buying proper ballet shoes.

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