So much of standard figure skating technique has traditionally used a still, upright torso, or twisted at the waist to produce rotation, often with the limbs extended or curved as in ballet.
And of course we know all about standard edges and curves.
So what skaters have pushed the possibilities in new directions in terms of what they can do with the blades, or with their bodies above the blades?
I'm going to start with a couple of my favorite pro programs by women just because they look so different from what we usually see in eligible competition.
Aside from upper body movement added to IJS step sequences to gain levels, have we seen much experimenting with alternative body shapes in competitive programs? How does the balance needed here relate to the balance needed for standard technical elements?