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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 042B (GHA) Ice Skating--Intermediate/Advanced (1.5) A course of instruction in basic figure skating: field moves, freestyle, choreography, pairs skating, and ice dance.

KINES 042B Ice Skating--Intermediate/Advanced (1.5)

A course of instruction focused on the refinement of basic, intermediate, and advanced ice skating skills. The course objectives are to develop balance, control, and confidence while performing skills relevant to the disciplines of figure skating: freestyle, field moves, ice dance and/or pairs. These skills include: field moves that follow a straight line, diagonal, circular, or continuous pattern. Such exercises and patterns are designed to develop and strengthen the qualities that define figure skating: power, edge control, flow, quickness, and extension. Emphasis is placed on developing both sides (bilateral) of the skater. Students are introduced to basic, intermediate and, when appropriate, advanced freestyle maneuvers including jumps, spins, edge moves, footwork sequences, and connecting steps. Basic ice dance positions and patterns are introduced, and students with a particular interest in this area are given the opportunity to further develop these skills. Introductory pairs skating positions are developed through stroking and crossover patterns. Students with a particular interest in this area are taught pairs edge moves, spins, and basic throw jumps. Students are introduced to the fundamental principles of choreography including pattern, form, development, musical interpretation, style, and expression through the composition of a program incorporating skills developed and refined throughout the course. The student has the option of solo, pair, or group work to balance individual efforts through peer support and involvement. The instructors are encouraged to allow for individual differences in the pace and development of skills. This course will provide the necessary skill foundation for participation in organized figure skating programs (USFSA, ISI) and club programs promoting a healthful physical fitness activity for the Penn State student. In addition to the core component of physical skill development, the student will acquire an enlightened appreciation and understanding of the skill and art of figure skating and ice sports.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: KINES 042 and/orKINES 042A or equivalent skating experience

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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