1. Sports
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Free Foot, Leg, Hip, and Arm and Skating Foot, Leg, Hip, and Arm

By

3 of 8

Free Hip
A Figure Skater Lifts Up Her Free Hip and Free Leg As She Performs an Attitude

In this photo, a young figure does an attitude which is a figure skating move taken right out of ballet. Her free hip is lifted as she performs the move. If she dropped her free hip, the move would not appear to be pretty.

Photo Copyright © JO ANN Schneider Farris
"Free hip" is a figure skating term that is used to describe the hip that corresponds to the skate and leg that is off the ice.

Example:

When a figure skater glides on one foot, the leg that is on the ice is called the skating leg. The leg that is lifted is called the free leg. When a skater lifts his or her free leg, he may be asked by a figure skating coach to also lift up the hip that corresponds to the free leg. Dropping the free hip may appear ugly, but lifting the free hip will give the skater a pleasing appearance as he or she performs a move.

In this photo, a young figure does an attitude which is a figure skating move taken right out of ballet. Her free hip is lifted as she performs the move. If she dropped her free hip, the move would not appear to be pretty, so lifting the free hip is necessary to properly perform an attitude.

  1. About.com
  2. Sports
  3. Figure Skating
  4. Figure Skating Techniques
  5. Free Foot, Free Leg, Free Hip, Free Arm, Skating Foot, Skating Leg, Skating Hip, Skating Arm - Figure Skating Terms Free Foot, Free Leg, Free Hip, Free Arm, Skating Foot, Skating Leg, Skating Hip, Skating Arm

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.