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Published on Jan 17, 2012
DESCRIPTION OF ELEMENTS: The entry to the sit spin is the same as the one foot spin. Entering the forward outside three turn you will be leaning forward on a bent skating knee with the free leg extended behind and slightly to the side. As you "hook" the three turn your free-leg will have moved in a wide arc out to the side. You will make a complete turn as your free-leg and arms swing down into the sit position. Rotate in the sit position for at least three rotations, rise up on the skating leg and exit the spin as you do in the one foot spin.
TIPS: • Try entering the three turn with the free arm in front and the skating arm pressed back behind. Make sure your head is turned sharply looking over your skating shoulder in the direction of rotation. This will help you center the spin faster.
• Make sure you are spinning on the ball of your foot on small back inside edge circles.
• The bottom of your rear end should not be higher than the top of your skating knee while performing the sit position.
• There are many variations of free-leg and arm positions that you will learn once you have become proficient in the standard sit position.
COMMON ERRORS: • Poor posture and or free-leg position. • Swinging the free-leg too high as it moves forward into the sit position. • Failing to get the free-leg into position. Usually held too far out to the side. • Spinning on the wrong part of the blade or the wrong edge. • Sit position with the free foot pointing straight up.
HISTORY: The sit spin was first performed by Jackson Haines and it is sometimes known as the Jackson Haines spin. Jackson Haines (1840--1875) was an American ballet dancer and figure skater who is regarded as the father of modern figure skating.