Literature

Sold in over 15 countries around the world, Annette’s books make all of the tools available needed to develop and maintain a quality Ballet for Figure Skaters program at your rink, on any continent, around the globe.

 

Annette has also lectured and published numerous freelance articles on dance, exercise, imagery, and creative movement, and has worked extensively with both handicapped and gifted children in the areas of creativity, art, and movement.

Fundamentals of Alignment and Classical Movement for Figure Skaters

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$49.95 e book
$69.95 physical copy

A comprehensive book for adult figure skaters, coaches, and dance instructors. This book offers a step-by-step guide to thoroughly explore the fundamentals of both off-and on-ice movement training from the “inside out” while using mind, body, and spirit. Topics include intuitive awareness, the crucial role that interrelationships between anatomy and physiology play in training, body awareness and the “origins” of movement, spatial awareness, what to look for in off-ice dance classes, and much more. 300 pages. 

Testimonails

"Annette T. Thomas delivers this remarkable “must have” book that, if followed, will increase the level of skating we will see in the future. She covers every important topic, and explains herself well. Though her explanations are easy to understand, the material can be complex and covers a lot of ground. She goes into much detail, all things serious skaters, coaches and those others who work with skaters should know. Reading and following this book can truly make a difference in your skating! You will learn to work more naturally from the inside out, you will learn the importance of breathe while skating/performing. You will learn more about your body, and thus learn to better control your body. This book is full of tips and exercises that are easy to follow. Don’t waste another minute! Start to apply these concepts and see the skater you will become!Annette has poured her life into this book and it shows. The quality of the advice and writing is excellent. “Fundamentals of Alignment and Classical Movement for Figure Skaters”, together with “Lessons in Classical Ballet for the Figure Skater”, can truly have a measurable effect on the world of figure skating. Absolutely superb and a great contribution to the skating world!"

-Deldre Arianne Kellogg

The Skaters’ Consortium, Director of Ballet for Figure Skaters at The Skaters’ Consortium, Choreographer/Artistic Coach Educator/Consultant/Writer

 

 

"Fundamentals of Alignment and Classical Movement for Figure Skaters‘ answers and illustrates what artistic skating is all about. This book is a treasure that will bring us back” to true form and grace. No one does it better.”

-Rikki Samuels 

Figure Skating coach at Rockefeller Center and Chelsea Piers, Gold Medalist in Figures and Freestyle,  Former Mid-Atlantic Senior Ladies Champion, Four-time National Competitor and author of “Kids Book of Figure Skating

Lessons in Classical Ballet  for the Figure Skater

$39.95 e book
$59.95 physical copy

This book provides everything the professional ballet instructor needs in order to offer the most relevant and highest quality Classical Ballet training expressly designed for figure skaters. Based on the Vaganova Method, this Lesson book contains 20 full length 1 and ½ hour lessons from the beginning through the advanced levels including: body awareness and alignment floor exercises, warm-up, stretching and suggestions on teaching methodology, style and Character Dance. Also included are four “Ballet on Ice” lessons, a graded syllabus, evaluation and test questions. To equip the ballet instructor with the technical information, there is a section on figure skating jumps, spins, footwork and edges. 299 pages. 

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Articles Annette has Written 

Food For Thought and words to know: Repetiteur and Pedagogue

"It All Begins With Your Feet" - facts, exercises and information on how dancers and skaters can better their performance through awareness

Can/Should Figure Skaters Take Pointe? 

The Importance of Stabalizer Muscles in Movement Training

Why Cueing Holistically in Dance Technique Class is so important

Feet and ankles: Keys to releasing flow of movement

The 7 Steps Toward Becoming a 'Master Teacher' - How to turn information into knowledge and impart it to your students

The Importance of 'Plié' - A tutorial for Skaters and Dancers Alike

Ankle Strength, Alignment and Learning how to Point the Feet Correctly: Musts for Skaters (and Dancers!)

Classical Port De Bras  and Skating Edges - Where Art Meets Science

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