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Jo Ann Schneider-Farris

Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com

Comparison of FROZEN On Ice Versus the New-to-Be Broadway Stage Version

I went with my family to see FROZEN The Broadway-Bound Musical on Sepember 23, 2017 in Denver.  I obtained some last minute tickets which was fortunate since the Denver show  was almost sold out. After seeing Disney On Ice Frozen fifteen times siince my son Joel is in the cast of that show, I wanted to see the musical […]

San Francisco Bay Area Ice Dance Weekend October 6–8, 2017

A couple of days ago, I made a spur of the moment decision to attend the San Francisco Bay Area Ice Dancers Ice Dance Weekend.  I’ve only been to a few ice dance weekends in all of my fifty plus years of skating, so I decided that I better go to another one before social […]

Figure Skating Competition Scores Were Once Added Up By Hand

Recently, I was able to see the wonderful movie “Hidden Figures.”  I learned that the African American women who “did the math” for NASA were called “computers.”  When IBM computers replaced these women, the job that had been done by hand was replaced by a machine. The “Hidden Figures” movie made me remember when the scores […]

Do You Dread the Thought of Using an Ice Skating Rink Restroom?  

This is not something we usually talk about, but since I literally have lived my entire life inside ice rinks, I’ve decided that the condition of ice skating rink restrooms should be addressed. I’ve noticed that through the years, ice skating rinks have really improved.  The newer rinks have large lobbies, warm viewing areas, better […]

I’m So Excited About the World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships and Festival!

In August of 2015, I attended the first ever World Figure Championship and Festival in Lake Placid, New York.  To sum things up, the event was “so cool!” One of the “coolest” memories was that those who participated got to do figures on black ice.  Also, some of the greatest people in ice skating history, […]

JO ANN’s Ice Skate and Practice Compulsory Figures Just for Exercise Plan

When I was a child and teen, I practiced compulsory school figures for hours and hours every day. I had two pairs of skates, one for figures and one for freestyle.  I spent years mastering tracings and doing clean turns.   I passed several figure tests. Many, many years have passed, but I still “do […]

What It Is Like to Skate and Play and Stay in Sun Valley, Idaho

  I am writing this post from Sun Valley, Idaho.  I am staying in Sun Valley with my daughters, Rebekah and Annabelle, for the last part of June and for the entire month of July, 2017. We came to skate this summer in Sun Valley since I have always wanted my children to experience the wonderful […]

There Is a Difference Between Ice Dance Three Turns and the Three Turns Done In Free Skating and In Recreational Ice Skating

  Have you ever watched ice dancers turn from forward to backward on one foot?  Have you noticed that what they do looks effortless?  Actually, the turns ice dancers do require hours and hours of practice.  Although a three turn is a basic and simple element done by all figure skaters, there are additional techniques […]

Parents of Figure Skaters Have to Adjust to Life Without Skating When a Child Retires From the Sport

An article on icenetwork that was published in 2016  by Sarah Brannen called  What’s next? Skaters detail coping with retirement – End of career can leave void after years devoted to training, competing recently appeared on my Facebook newsfeed.   The article includes statements from former elite figure skaters such as 2010 Olympian and US National Ladies […]

Kiss and Cry: A True and Inspirational Film About a Figure Skater Named Carley Allison

Recently as I was searching Netflix for a movie to watch, I came across a film called “Kiss and Cry.”  I assumed that the film would be a like any figure skating movie with some inaccuracies about the sport, but my assumptions were totally wrong.  “Kiss and Cry” is no ordinary ice skating movie and is […]