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Old July 24th, 2016, 06:03 PM   #1
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Hi. I am looking for some advice. My daughter is a freestyle skater who started skating with a Show Group last year and is now trying to persuade her trainer to start up Solo Dance training too. She has just switched from Risport Ambra/Roll line Mistral to Edea Fly /Roll line Mistral (for size). So far, she has skated Show in these skates with Roll line Ice wheels. My question is: would it be worth buying her a dedicated Dance set-up. Roll-line Dance plate with Edea Classica or Flamenco boot? Or the paioli Butterfly Dance plate? Has anyone tried this plate ot heard any reviews of it? I am not familiar with Paioli at all. Please help. Many thanks..
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Old July 24th, 2016, 07:07 PM   #2
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Hi Mamaderuby,

It really depends on your daughter and how well she can cope with a different setup as she switches disciplines.

I knew many top level competitive skaters back in the day that had a pair of skates for each discipline.

As for me, I was primarily freestyle but I also did dance and figures. I used the same skate for each discipline. I found that I could do all the steps and leans and pushes with my freestyle skates and I didn't want to get use to the different feel of a different setup on a different skate for dance and figures.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 11:36 PM   #3
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Thanks. That is an answer I was kind of hoping for! She is 12 years old and foot size euro 39 (US 5?). I will wait a year or so and see if her foot grows any bigger, and how she is getting on with current skates for dance, before committing to any unnecessary expenditure. I will revisit idea at that time. Thanks again.
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Old July 25th, 2016, 10:11 AM   #4
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the only really time she would need a dedicated boot is when shes more advanced or if she were doing figures or loops otherwise its ok the way it is. good luck
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Old July 25th, 2016, 03:30 PM   #5
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Old July 25th, 2016, 04:38 PM   #6
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The Fly boot is REALLY stiff for dance. I would go with a softer boot for dance.
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 06:59 PM   #7
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She may be able to skate freestyle and dance using the same boots and bearings. If you are so lucky that the same plate may be used then you simply replace the toe stops with toe plugs, change the wheels and adjust the pressure on the cushions. I used the same plate for figures and dance for a long time, and I used a drop of nail polish on the adjustment nut to identify the pressure setting for each discipline. I know some coaches who have their skaters use a larger size plate for freestyle than dance, so a difference in plate size would make it necessary to get a dedicated pair of skates for dance.
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Old August 27th, 2016, 07:31 PM   #8
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I like the plate and wheel you have. They may be my next choice for a new dance setup. I am 57 (almost 58) and getting back into skating after more than 20 years. I still have ATLAS dance and figure plates with Hyper dance and figure wheels. I expect they will be wearing out soon and need to be replaced. I have skated competition and I use the short mount mentioned by larryoracing to get more responsive control over my edges. As for the suggestion that the Edea Fly is too stiff for dancing, I disagree. I use Harlick boots with orthotics for tight control over my edges.
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