Figure skaters perform annual Winter Exhibition

The New Prague Area Figure Skating Club will present its Eighth Annual Winter Exhibition "Stars on Ice" 6:30 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 8. The show at the New Prague Area Community Center will feature 28 club members performing 16 different numbers.

There will be solos, duets, trios, and large group numbers performing to a number of Christmas songs. Among them are "Walking in a Winter Wonderland," "Let it Snow," and "Baby, Please come home for Christmas." Mrs. Claus will also be making an appearance. The crowd will also see seven of the club’s skaters performing their solo competition pieces that will showcase their skating footwork, jumps and spins.

The program is a free will donation. Those attending get to put their names in a drawing for a chance to win tickets to the club’s annual Spring Show in March.

What is fun about the Winter Exhibition, is it’s largely put together by just the skaters. By picking their music, costumes, and creating the routines, the exhibition allows the club’s skaters to showcase more of their talents, than just their skating skills. The five club coaches do assist some of the groups, and work closely with the competition soloists, but it is one performance where the skaters can have fun being creative.

The show as always is a fun free Christmas event for the community and the club asks spectators to donate a nonperishable food item that will be given to the Peace Center, the food shelf in New Prague.

Coaches are Kate Charbonneau, Melissa Deuel, Erin Grabosky, Erin Swanson and Kelly Weber. The club also includes a Learn to Skate program, which will be featured in the Spring Show in March.

Accomplishments In the 2013-14 season, the New Prague Area Figure Skating Club has already had many accomplishments. The following skaters passed their Moves in the Field test. Abigail Knutson, grade sixth, passed her pre-preliminary, Izabella Schulte, grade nine, passed her preliminary, in August, Mckenzie Trewartha, a junior at New Prague High School, passed her novice test, which was a goal that she has been working hard to achieve. Cara Peirce, grade eight, also recently passed her pre-juvenile. She also did an excellent job in the Burnsville Autumn Skate Fest competition getting first out of five in her Compulsory Skate, fourth in the Spins category, and second out of seven in her Freestyle number.

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