Upright spins are the simplest variety of spin, and the earliest learned. The skater assumes a basically upright position while spinning. Advanced skaters spin on a single foot; beginners initially learn to spin on 2 feet. Basic upright spin positions are described on this page; more advanced upright spins such as the Layback and Biellmann are described separately.
Basic Two-Foot Spin
In the very earliest spins, the skater will leave both skates
on the ice while spinning, performing what is called a Two-Foot
. Both feet are on the ice, roughly parallel to
each other and about a shoulder-width apart while the skater
rotates around the center of the circle they describe.
This is a teaching spin, and often the pro will introduce
the feeling of a one-foot spin by starting from a two-foot
spin then picking up the right foot.
Forward Scratch Spin (click image for video)
Nikki Craker / Mentor FSC
Basic One-Foot Spins
Once the skater graduates to one-foot spinning, spins can
be skated on either of the feet — if skated on the
left foot, the spin is considered to be a Forward
; if skated on the right foot, the
spin is considered to be a Back Upright Spin
(remember that most skaters spin in a
counterclockwise direction -- for clockwise
spinners, a forward spin would be on the right foot,
a backspin on the left). For beginning skaters, the free leg (the one NOT on the ice) is usually bent, with the ankle near the skater's knee.
A variant of the upright spin is the Scratch Spin
which can be performed either on the left foot (Scratch
Spin), or the right foot (Back Scratch Spin). In either
case, the position is similar to the standard upright, but
the skater rides a little bit more forward on the blade and
pulls in tighter. The freefoot usually gets
"lower" or closer to the ice. This produces
a much faster rate of spin. The Scratch Spin is the very
dramatic spin that many skaters end their programs with.
Another variant of the upright spin is the Crossfoot Spin
The crossfoot spin is usually performed by male skaters and
is similar to the forward upright spin. When
performing a crossfoot spin, the skater straightens the
freeleg and crosses it in front of the skating leg.
The free foot (left foot) is placed next to, but
"outside" the skating foot with its blade parallel
to and very close to the ice. Like a scratch spin,
this rotates very quickly and the legs give the effect of a
climbing "barber pole".