Featuring Cinderella from Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate!
Yesterday, I learned what it is like to skate like a Disney Princess, particularly Cinderella. Cinderella, aka Sara Lalonde, taught me how to ice skate
clumsily gracefully like a princess at the Royal Ball. She showed me how it was okay to fall down and get back up again, how to swizzle, how to glide and how to go backwards.
Before interviewing Sara, I made plans with the Centennial Sportsplex to get skates for my interview. On Wednesday, Les with the Centennial Sportsplex gave me a nice lesson on ice skating. Les said, “I can teach anyone how to skate in 7 minutes.” I seriously needed that 7 minute lesson around the rink as the “safety” position came in handy when I was learning to glide. I asked Sara before we skated, if she agreed with the concept of a “7 minute lesson.” She said with excitement in her voice, “We’ll find out! That’s a good goal. We can at least get you going forward, backwards, and falling down and getting back up. We’ll teach you the very basics.” And that is exactly what I learned. It was a fun experience and I highly recommend ice skating for anyone.
Below are the list of tips from Cinderella on How To Skate Like a Disney Princess:
What to Wear.
- Thin Socks. ” The best thing to wear is actually a pair of thin socks with your skates. It helps keep your feet feeling where your skates are around your foot. Most people think to wear big thick socks, but it actually makes it more difficult for you to feel the skate around your foot and it creates more of that ankle bending in weird places thing.”
- Long Pants and Long Sleeves. “The other thing I highly recommend is wearing long pants and long sleeves.”
- For the Kids, A Hat or Earband and Ski Pants. “For little guys, I also think wearing a hat or earband, something to keep you warm or a jacket. Ice rinks are cold and if your skating outside it’s even colder. So always dress warm. I used to teach a lot of 3-year-olds and I recommend them being in ski pants. Now, you don’t want to think of bundling them up so much that they look like snowmen walking around on the ice and they can’t put their arms next to them.”
- Gloves. “Another safety item is gloves. If you fall down, it will be cold on your hands. But if you fall down and someone accidentally step on your hands or skate over it, then you have an extra protective layer between the blade and your finger.”
- Helmets. “Helmets are also important for the little guys and beginner adults. Some rinks do rent helmets, which is great. Safety first. Safety is always a priority when you try a new sport.”
First Thing to Learn.
- How to Fall and Get Back Up. “The easiest and most important move are the same thing and that is learning how to fall down and get back up. As far as safety goes if you can learn how to bend your knees and slowly get down onto the ice and then safely get back up using your hands while keeping them away from your blades that’s the best thing to learn first.”
Learn the Basics.
- Magic Table. “One thing we are going to practice is keep our hands on the magic table in front of us that helps us keep our balance.”
- Walking Forward on the Ice. “We are going to work on walking forward and feel how the ice feels differently vs. the ground.”
- Swizzle on the Ice. “We are going to learn what I call Swizzles, where you keep both feet on the ice and make little fishes around the ice with our heels and our toes. So that’s going to give you the opportunity to feel what we call edges, which you have two on each foot on the inside and outside. So if you think of your foot like a peanut, we are going to push the inside of the peanuts down and use those to get around.
Practice. Practice. Practice.
- To Skate Like Cinderella, You Need Practice. “Practice makes perfect when you want to skate like Cinderella. A little fairy godmother and help with pixie dust never hurts either. I’ve been skating since I was 5 years old. I started with my Mom. It was a mother-daughter activity. Since then, I have worked really hard and have practiced a lot and trained really hard.”
- Where to Practice in Nashville? The Centennial Sportsplex Ice Arena is the perfect spot to practice ice skating or to take the family for a fun outing anytime of the year, but especially during the winter. They offer skating lessons, private lessons, hockey classes, hockey league games and public skating. The rates and schedules can be found on their website.
How to Practice at Home.
- Balance & Stretches. “To practice at home, balancing on one foot is always a good exercise and lots of stretching. Ballet classes will help you learn how to be more graceful.”
- Movement Classes/Extracurricular Activities. “Any kind of movement class is great like gymnastics, horseback riding for balance, skiing, just any activity that can get kids out and about and moving I think is a good idea.”
Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate opened last night at Bridgestone Arena. The show has several performances between now and Sunday, October 4. Tickets are still available online for purchase.
About Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate
Presented by Yo Kids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with your favorite Disney Princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Tiana; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivities from around the globe. Come join the celebration you’ve been waiting for when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! skates into your hometown!