Most right handed skaters skate to the left. That's basically how you are taught. It's opposite of ballet. As someone right handed I think it's because by skating left you land on your right foot, which is more natural to right handers. Most left handed skaters I knew did jump to the right to land on their left foot. It's what ever comes easier for you. I would imagine if you had an extensive ballet background before starting skating you may choose to jump to the right though.
That's so interesting. I took ballet lessons many years ago as a young adult. I don't recall exactly, but I think my tendency is/was to spin and rotate to my right. I see that's how you are saying Cleo that rotating in ballet is generally taught. Perhaps in the class I took we were taught to do it in both directions. I don't remember. But if we were specifically taught to turn right for ballet, that could be why I feel the necessity in my body.Yes, to the right is clockwise and to the left is counterclockwise, no confusion there. Handedness is only one factor in determining your preferred direction of rotation. I am right-handed (which more people are), and I spin to the left (counterclockwise - which more people do). From years of teaching beginning skaters, I know that the majority of students will naturally spin to the left (counterclockwise). Interestingly, we have a set of mirror twins in our learn to skate program, and they do spin in opposite directions.
Even now, I feel in my body the need to turn to the right, if I think about spinning. However, if I were to don skates and get out on the ice, I might feel differently about my spinning and rotating directions. Some skaters can perform in both directions with equal ease, e.g., Rohene Ward.
Thanks for the input!
Again, very interesting. I took some archery classes ages ago in college, but again I don't remember which hand I used. I believe I learned with my right-hand, since I don't have good facility/control with my left hand for most tasks. Once again, some people are ambidextrous. The tendencies may have something to do with our individual right and left brain hemispheres as well.... So in archery, for instance, many people are learning at their beginning they should be left handers because their left eye is better for targeting.