From Stage to Ice


As my dear readers know from past posts, I was a ballet dancer. When I moved to the East Coast, that became a little harder to do as my dance stuff was left back home in San Diego…I could only fit so much stuff in my car being shipped out to the East Coast and my regular clothes took priority. I knew I had to do SOMETHING for exercise and I am not one to just go to the gym to work out. I have to be working at something, learning something new, something where I an express myself yet see progress…tangible progress. I thought of playing soccer again, but with having a real winter that gets complicated and for some reason I just can’t become a fan of indoor soccer.

Then one day the boyfriend and I went ice skating. It felt as if I had returned home. It felt great to be back on the ice, gliding along. To jump and spin. To feel as if I am flying every time I jump. I can tell every time I step on the ice that is where I am supposed to be. Other than two instances that I can remember, once in 8th grade and once my freshman year of college, I had been off the ice for about 18 and half years. My favorite part is early in the morning when I have the ice to myself. The cold wind blowing in my face, making your eyes water and your nose run. The silence of the rink broken by the sound of my blades grinding into the ice. The feeling of spinning and spinning. Most of all, the feeling when you get the timing of the jump just right and you rotate through the air and float down to land. For me, it is one of the best feelings. I almost can’t put it into words.

So, I have set some lofty goals. By the end of this year I want all of my double jumps and double-double combos. By the end of 2011 I want all of my triple jumps and triple-triple combos. By Jan 2012 I want to take the Senior Ladies test. I have a few other goals to, but I don’t want to reveal them all at once. Maybe this will happen, maybe it won’t. However, I won’t know unless I try. I’m the type of person who throws themselves into whatever they do, and I will have fun in the process. I’m so excited for this. I hope you all join me on this journey. You can see videos of my progress on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/balletbarrister.

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4 responses to “From Stage to Ice

  1. Kris,

    It was awesome to come down and see you skate (even more so to finally meet you in person!!); I was so, so very proud of you. Not just for nailing the routine, which was terrific, but for putting your heart into something so difficult, for having these goals and doing whatever it takes to get those accomplished.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: What I most admire about you, Kris, is that determination. Competition fuels you, and the passion for performance drives you. You can see it with every dance move, every skating jump. You can see it with everything you put your mind to. It’s something special and you’re something special.

    I have no doubt that you’re going to accomplish whatever you put your mind to, and I’ll be here, cheering you on (with pom-poms!) all along the way.

  2. Kris…I’m impressed! 18 1/2 years away from skating and you can nail a performance like that…wow! Good for you finding your passion and following it. Vicki

  3. Paul Bonda

    I hope you accomplish all you goals Kris. You certainly have the ability and the drive. I look forward to seeing you in the olympics.

  4. I love this part best: “My favorite part is early in the morning when I have the ice to myself. The cold wind blowing in my face, making your eyes water and your nose run. The silence of the rink broken by the sound of my blades grinding into the ice. The feeling of spinning and spinning. Most of all, the feeling when you get the timing of the jump just right and you rotate through the air and float down to land. For me, it is one of the best feelings. I almost can’t put it into words.”

    It isn’t all glitz and glamour and spandex and sparkles. There’s nose running and cold air and other things that would deter many others. But to you those things are beautiful. They add to the experience rather than detracting or focusing away.

    It speaks volumes to the drive you have and the woman you are. 🙂

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