Activities Sports & Athletics Basic Ice Skating Spins Share PINTEREST Email Print rbv / Getty Images Sports & Athletics Skating Lessons Basics History Gear Famous Skaters Inline Skating Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Jo Ann Schneider Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris was a silver medalist in junior ice dancing at the 1975 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships and is the author of two books on skating our editorial process Jo Ann Schneider Farris Updated March 01, 2019 Here are some of the basic ice skating spins. Many of the spins advanced figure skaters do are variations of the basic figure skating spins listed below. 01 of 11 Scratch Spin Soren Hald / Stone Collecton / Getty Images One of the most basic spins figure skaters do is the forward scratch spin. During that spin, the free foot and free leg crosses over the skating leg. Sometimes the skater seems to almost become a blur since a scratch spin can spin so fast. 02 of 11 One Foot Upright Spin William R. Sallaz / Getty Images The basic forward upright one-foot spin is the first one-foot spin new figure skaters learn. 03 of 11 Sit Spin JO ANN Schneider Farris In a sit spin, the skater bends the skating knee while spinning and sits down during the spin. The free leg points out in front. 04 of 11 Camel Spin A camel spin is a figure skating spin that is done with the same body position as the spiral. 05 of 11 Attitude Spin Illustration by Larisa Gendernalik An attitude spin is an upright ice skating spin where the figure skater spins with the free leg in an attitude position. 06 of 11 Layback Spin Painting by Larisa Gendernalik In a layback spin, the skater bends backward while spinning. The free leg is held in the attitude position. 07 of 11 Flying Camel Illustration by Larisa Gendernalik In a flying camel, the skater jumps from the forward camel position, changes feet, and spins on the other leg in a back camel. 08 of 11 Bielmann Spin Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images The Bielmann spin is a spin where the skater lifts his or her leg way above the head and grabs the figure skate blade while spinning. 09 of 11 Back Spin Brian Bahr / Getty Images A backspin is done on a back outside edge. 10 of 11 Flying Sit Spin Vesperholly / CCA by SA 2.5 The flying sit spin is similar to a sit spin, but the skater first jumps into the air and then lands in the sit spin position and completes a sit spin. 11 of 11 Death Drop CCA-SA by 2.5 A death drop is a figure skating move that is a cross between a jump and a spin but is really considered a flying spin. The skater first jumps up like an Axel and then kicks the take off leg backward. Then, the skater lands in a back sit spin position and does a back sit spin.