Gracie Gold has nothing on these figure skaters. This Saturday, March 8, at 5 p.m., the Union Arena Skating Club will take to the ice for its 10th annual figure skating show entitled: “Skating Around the World.”
Admission is free.
Skaters aged 3-18 will be skating to group and individually choreographed routines. To name a few: Loretta Blakeney, a freshman at Woodstock Union High School, is doing something truly unique this year — she will be singing an Alison Krauss song with her Dad, Jerry, as she skates to her routine. Emma Allegretti, a third grader at Hartland Elementary School, will be doing her first solo routine — one she has been practicing both at the Union Arena and in the evenings on the pond at her home. Joey Palazzo, a preschooler from Reading, has made amazing strides this season and last, and will be astounding audiences with her figure skating prowess on the ice.
It’s all in the family for some skaters: Bronwyn Morris, a fourth grader at Woodstock Elementary School, will be skating to “Ode to Joy,” music she chose because she has been playing this piece at her piano lessons. Her routine is choreographed by her coach – who also happens to be her grandmother, Anita Rogerson, who skated at the US Nationals level in her day and is still a master on the ice. Erica Kurash, a sixth grader at Woodstock Elementary School, recently completed her Preliminary Freestyle level testing and will be performing the routine that earned her this title. Erica’s mother, Jill Kurash, who teaches fifth grade at Woodstock Elementary School, is also a coach, founding member, and president of the Union Arena Skating Club. A busy lady, Jill sits on the board of the Union Arena as well.
On a cold winter’s day, the words “indoor, entertainment, free, bake sale, and raffle prizes” speak to me. If you have been thinking of getting skating lessons for your kids, this is a great way to get them excited about it. If you enjoy watching figure skating or if you simply like local events, featuring local performers – there’s something for everyone at this year’s figure skating show. Please come join us at the Union Arena, Saturday, March 8 at 5 p.m. This performance is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The Union Arena Skating Club teaches skating to people of all ages and abilities. For more information visit: www.uaskateclub.com.