Year 7 student Stanley Evans achieved first places in each of the two ice skating competitions he has taken part in this year. His first success came when he won gold in the Beginners Men's category at the Skate Southern Club International Open figure skating event. More recently he clinched a first and third place at the Solo Ice Dance Opens in Slough.
Stanley has skated for six years, firstly for ice hockey and later for figure skating and ice dance. He said: ‘I have been doing ice dance for about a year and practice for many hours with my coach, Ed Barker. I like ice dance as you are able to skate and fit your routine to the music, although you have to adapt your skating style as each ice rink has different proportions.
‘The judges are looking for presentation, ice coverage and a performance linking the movement to the music. For my free dance I have been skating to ‘Feeling Good’ by Muse. During a dance you are not thinking about how nerve wracking it is, you are more focused on getting the right steps. In ice dance you do three dances, two pattern dances, which are set sequences that everyone does, and a freestyle, which you choreograph yourself to music you have chosen.
During his latest competition Stanley, from 7S, started with a personal bests in the Foxtrot and Canasta Tango which gave him a third place in the pattern dances. He followed that with another personal best in the Level 1 Free Dance competition, which led to his first Ice Dance title at only his second attempt. These results show the time and commitment Stanley is putting into improving his skating and he hopes to qualify for next year’s British Championships, with this determination making the 05:30 weekend training sessions at Peterborough ice rink a little easier!