Seasons on ice
MARSHALL – Earlier this week, a group of young skaters worked out the routine to the well-known song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
The Southwest Figure Skating Club, along with Marshall Community Services, is presenting the 2014 Ice Show “Skating Through the Seasons” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in the Lockwood Motors Ice Arena.
The show will feature guest skater Lexi Wiesner of Houston, Texas. She is a senior at Shattuck-St. Mary’s High School in Faribault. She is a triple USFS gold medalist and has competed in singles, pairs and synchronized team events during her skating career.
Skating coach Jodi Schreurs said this year’s theme takes the calendar to formulate the song choice for a particular season.
For example, there’s a school medley that features Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall”?and “ABC” by the Jackson 5. “November Rain” by Guns ‘n’ Roses is another song selection. In the Veterans Day part of the show, skaters will perform to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” Schreurs said.
“We do a couple of Christmas songs, and Halloween, we’re doing ‘Ghostbusters,'” Schreurs said. “I think you’ll experience every season.”
For the Valentine’s Day portion of the show, skaters are performing to the “Cupid Shuffle.” Schreurs said that it was fun teaching that routine.
“We had to have a lesson off the ice for that,” Schreurs said about getting the moves down for “Cupid Shuffle.”
The finale will be New Year’s with Mariah Carey’s version of “Auld Lang Syne,” Schreurs said.
Josie Holland said she enjoys the costumes and performing aspect of the annual show as well as the spotlight. Her fellow skaters said they look forward to other parts.
“(I like) getting ready for the show and doing the makeup and hair,” said Emma Klein.
“You get to spend three whole days with your friends,” Ramsey Nelson said.
Nelson said she also likes seeing the younger kids and older girls perform during the show and how much “you want to be like them.”
The number the figure skaters do with Marshall hockey players is returning to the show this year with “Summer Nights” from “Grease.”
Schreurs said there are six couples for the father-daughter skate that has a prom theme.
“Dads are taking their daughters to prom,” Schreurs said. The decorations for the number includes an arch, Schreurs said.
Then there’s the youngest skaters performing to “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” dressing in bunny outfits, Schreurs said.
Nelson and Klein said they’ve worked on some new moves this season. For Nelson, it’s loops, and Klein is improving her jumps. Doing loops are tough, Nelson said.
“You’re jumping from an edge,” Nelson said.
Schreurs said there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into the show, which includes fundraising and getting skaters ready.
“The parents are so wonderful,” Schreurs said.