Whether it’s the graceful lines of a Biellmann, the speed and energy of a flying camel, or the simple joy of a perfectly centered scratch spin, nothing defines the artistry of skating like a well-executed spin.
Kim Ryan, Spinergy’s creator and founder, is the Pacific Northwest’s premiere figure skating spin specialist. Inspired by the creativity and individuality students are able to express through spins, and seeing the new emphasis being placed on spins in competition and judging, Kim wanted to create a curriculum that would provide a focused and energized approach to both the art and mechanics of spinning. Her unique Spinergy program helps skaters grow aptitude, appreciation and creativity.
Through collaboration with partnering freestyle coaches and clubs, Kim’s instructional style enhances her students’ overall training program and supports them in reaching their skating goals. As her students can testify, Spinergy works! Many of her skaters compete at the regional and national level but Kim welcomes students of all ages and abilities. Whether you are 6 or 60, a beginner or Gold level, Spinergy will give your spins the boost they need! To learn more or schedule a lesson, contact Kim now. LEARN MORE ABOUT COACH KIM >
Kim Ryan offers private instruction opportunities in 15-minute increments at participating rinks throughout the Pacific Northwest.
For students located in other parts of the globe, Kim Ryan offers her very popular and effective Facetime instruction sessions, also available in 15-minute increments.
When choosing a new and creative position within a spin, you are only limited by your body’s strength and flexibility. Beyond that, the sky’s the limit! Here a student demonstrates variations with a broken leg sit spin. Choose one of your favorite spins and experiment with what position looks good while keeping balance on the sweet spot of your blade. Be sure that you are also still able to increase speed. Try twisting this way or that, head up or head down, or different arm positions. Now, go have fun and create!
"I have had the honor of working with Kim at many different stages of my life. I started working with her at a young age..."
—Denae S., Everett, WA
The camel spin is a spin which is done on one leg with the non-skating leg, or free leg, extended backward with knee higher than hip level. The body remains in this "spiral" position while spinning.
A flying spin is a spin in which the entrance is a jump. No rotation on the ice is permitted before the take-off.
Generally performed by women, the layback spin involves an upright spin position where the head and shoulders are dropped backward and the back arches.
A difficult spin variation of position is a movement of the body part, leg, arm, hand or head which requires physical strength or flexibility and that has an effect on the balance of the main body core. Only these variations can increase the Level. There are 11 categories of difficult variations, among them 3 in camel position based on direction of the shoulder line: camel forward (CF) – with the shoulder line parallel to the ice; camel sideways (CS) – with the shoulder line twisted to a vertical position; camel upward (CU) – with the shoulder line twisted more than vertical position. If the free leg drops down for a long time while preparing for a difficult camel variation, the corresponding Level feature is still awarded, but the Judges will apply the GOE reduction for “poor/awkward/unaesthetic position(s)”. The same reduction will be applied if it takes a long time for the skater to reach the necessary basic position.
These are awarded only if the skater executes 2 revs in a basic/non-basic position before the jump, reaches a basic position within the first 2 revs after the landing and keeps this basic position at least for 2 revs.