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My name is Alyssa Kaldahl and skating has been a big part of my life for the last 20 years. The friendships and connections you make through skating are one of a kind and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. I created this site to share information about myself and my skating background, skating projects I am interested in, and as a source for my current students as well as new or prospective students. If you have comments please feel free to leave them, you thoughts are important to me. You can also contact me via email at: alyssamkaldahl@gmail.com

 

 

Quotes:

“10,000 Hour Rule: to become an expert at anything it takes 10,000 hours of practice.” –Dr. Anders Ericsson’s

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~~ Howard Thurman

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” — Audrey Hepburn

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” — Audrey Hepburn


2 Responses to “HOME”

  1. Hi Alyssa,

    I may have tried to communicate with you about a year ago when I was looking for a skating coach. I actually was going to take some lessons from Rory, but things didn’t work out, and I also was going through a medical crisis, so I had to put things off for a while, but I’m still really interested in getting back to skating again (I did it some when I was young). I’m also really interested in that “C3” work that you mentioned. I have a BA degree in dance from BYU, an MFA in dance from the Univ. of Utah, and a Pilates/Dance Kinesiology certification from UNLV. Ironically, I have been struggling with an auto-immune disease for over a decade which has interfered quite a bit with my career plans, however, I have finally received a doctor’s clearance to go ahead and start strength training again, but I am very weak (plus, I’m 42 years old, which doesn’t help! I feel so old, esp. having been a dancer for most of my life!). Truthfully, I’ve always despised just “exercising,” but I love ice skating, and dancing, of course. I think that just getting on the ice, gliding and moving forward, slowly building my strength back up would be a great (and fun) way for me to work my way back to a better state of health. I also have always wanted to pass off Moves in the Field, and possibly even compete in the adult level (my age group) someday. Is this something you could help me plan and achieve?

    Another thing that I’ve always wanted to do was to help young and competitive figure skaters with off-ice training, like ballet/modern classes, musicality and performance enhancement (one of the focuses of my graduate work), and conditioning (esp. Pilates). I don’t know if you have need of that at your rink right now, but if you do, I would be very interested. I am also going to be opening up a private dance and Pilates studio in Orem, and I could offer classes specifically for figure skaters. I get frustrated when I see really talented skaters who have near-perfect technique, but are lifeless with their expression, or lacking in their understanding of the music and phrasing, or their interpretation of the character or concept (artistry) is bland or even non-existent. This is something that I have always wanted to help with.

    I would love to arrange a meeting with you some time to discuss some of my ideas, and also to see if you have any time in your schedule to take me on as a student (or if you know of someone else who would be a good teacher for someone my age, and with some of my medical limitations). You can e-mail me, or feel free to call me at 801-224-3336. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Thanks! –Julie Crowley Chan

    • Julie,
      Thank you so much for looking through my blog and contacting me. I Love your ideas about the classes for figure skaters and I feel the same way about excersise… Why go walk on a treadmill when you could do something you love. I would love to set up a meeting with you to talk about these ideas and also get you some more information on private lessons. I work at the Murray and Provo ice rinks, but it sounds like you are closer to Provo. We could meet at the rink if that works for you. I am generally in Provo on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Are any of those days good for you? If so, what times are you available? I look forward to hearing from you soon.
      Thanks,
      ~Alyssa

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