PowerSkating Academy giving players an edge

October 20, 2011 – Mark Hoult, The Community Press

Madoc – Laura and Dave Levtov are teaching young local hockey players how cutting a figure on the ice will give them a competitive edge.

The founding directors of the Toronto-based PowerSkating Academy were at the Madoc and District Recreation Centre last week giving Centre Hastings Peewee players lessons in edge work and figures – the foundations of advanced skating skills.

“We teach skating for hockey,” said Laura Levtov, a professional figure skating and competitive figure skating coach. “So half of the class is for doing figures, and the other half is for doing the hockey specifics.”

Levtov likens learning edges and figures to learning the times-tables or the alphabet before learning to do advanced mathematics or learning to read. They are needed to establish the full control required to reach the highest levels of competition in both figure skating and hockey, she said, stressing that good skating requires the control of every part of the body…

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