Skaters ready to ‘dance the night away’
Prepare to be whisked away by the rhythms of salsa, luau and traditional African dancing by the Langley Figuring Skating Club at their bi-annual ice show this Saturday.
More than 175 figure skaters will be “Dancing the Night Away” over the ice at George Preston Recreation Centre to 15 different numbers, including a Blues Brothers performance by the boys group and a ballroom performance by the preschoolers.
Kids, as young as three-years-old, will share the stage with high-level adult skaters and even an intermediate synchronized skating team.
“It is always a great show. This is the highlight of the year for us,” said head coach Julie Kivinen.
This is the 14th ice show Kivinen has put on for the Langley Figure Skating club (it runs every second year).
Although she admits sometimes it’s difficult to come up with new theme ideas and avoid “the same old, same old,” every show ends up being a unique and rewarding experience for the skaters involved.
Planning starts as early as September, and choreography takes about five weeks to perfect.
While the skaters are piecing together their waltz jumps and footwork sequences, an army of 70 to 80 parent volunteers are sewing all of the flashy costumes and assembling all of the props. They are one of the driving forces behind the success of the ice show each year, Kivinen said.
For her, the best part of the event is the actual day of the show.
“It always — knock on wood — comes together in the end,” she said. “The kids always have a blast.”
There are two shows for “Dancing the Night Away” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 2 at George Preston Recreation Centre, 20699 42 Ave.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at George Preston or Sportsplex, 20165 91A Ave.
Cost is $12 for adults, $8 for youth and seniors and $5 for children under 12.