The charlotte (pronounced shar-lot), also known as the candle stick, is a figure skatingspiral. The skater bends forward and glides on one leg with the other one lifted into the air. The skater's torso is upright, but during the charlotte, the skater's torso is as close to the grounded foot as possible. When performed well, the skater's legs are almost in a straight vertical split position. The charlotte requires great flexibility and balance.
A charlotte can be performed either forward or backward. It is usually performed backwards, although some skaters have performed it forwards in competition.