Skaters gear up for ‘Icons and Ice’ show

MARSHALL – As the opening notes to Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” started playing, several young skaters struck their best zombie pose.

“It’s a lot of fun because of all the dancing, and it’s the one where we have to show all our moves,” said Lizzy Gillingham of one of the routines being performed at the upcoming ice skating show this weekend.

The Southwest Figure Skating Club, along with Marshall Community Services, is presenting “Icons and Ice” at 7 p.m. today and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lockwood Motors Ice Arena.

Skating coach Jodi Schreurs said the show features skaters ages 3-18 and focuses on music from the 1960s to the present

“It can be anyone from Elvis to Beyonce,” she said.

Some of the numbers the skaters will perform to includes Madonna’s “Like A Prayer,” “Surfin’ USA” by the Beach Boys and “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, Schreurs said.

“We have a little bit for everybody,” Schreurs said.

One of the ongoing traditions of the show is the father-daughter skate, which will be to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” this year. The father-daughter skate is open for girls in seventh grade on up, Schreurs said, and the fathers can either be rookies on the ice or veterans. But they’re good sports, she added.

“They even do all the crazy things I have them do, like spin around and dance,” Schreurs said. And at the end, the fathers do a signature move with their daughter, she said. “The crowd loves it.”

The skating show also features a guest skater, which will be Maggie Haufmann from Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault. Haufmann is a national competitor, a two-time national artistic gold medalist.

“It’s just nice for everyone to see someone who skates every day, all day,” Schreurs said.

Gillingham said she enjoys watching the guest skater.

“Then we want to learn new moves,” she said.

Several of the skaters will perform solos. For example, Kendra Vroman is skating to Elvis’ “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.”

“It’s a slower song than what I’m used to,” Vroman said.

Gillingham and Vroman said the annual skating show is very different from their competitions. For competition, Gillingham said, there’s a list of certain things skaters have to do during a routine, and with the show, you get to do what you want. Gillingham said it’s also the chance to skate to music that isn’t “too classical, you get into it.”

Plus, the atmosphere at the show is more relaxed, the girls said.

“You don’t have to worry about placing, you’re not as nervous,” Gillingham said.

It’s not so nerve-wracking because you’re not the only one on the ice, unless you’re doing a solo, Vroman said.

“Because if you mess up, there’s other people they (the audience) can look at besides you,” Vroman said.

Gillingham and Vroman said the competition season has been going well for them. Gillingham said she’s gotten a couple of first-place wins, a second and a third. Vroman’s been learning a few new skating tricks, she said, including an axel and the doughnut and cannonball spins. Vroman said she’s moved up a level in competition, a more difficult category.

“It was my first time, and I did really well in them,” she said.

Members of the Southwest Figure Skating Club put in their time on the ice, but they said it’s worth it.

“It takes a lot of dedication, like cold mornings, but it’s all fun,” Gillingham said.