Guest contribution from Megan Rowe (Charlottesville Figure Skating Club)
Christmas cards, ornaments and movies all give us images of happy skaters on a frozen pond or dripping ice skates getting warm by the fire. Charlottesville only rarely gets cold enough for outdoor pond skating, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see skaters in action this Christmas.
The Charlottesville Figure Skating Club’s annual holiday ice show, “Home for the
Holidays,” is this Sunday, 2:30-4 p.m., at the Main Street Arena. Tickets are $5 each in advance or $7 at the door., and you can also purchase $5 tickets to be entered in a raffle to win an iPad 2. Tickets for both are available through the club website or at the arena.
The show will feature performances from competitive figure skaters of all ages, ice dancing, students from the arena’s Learn to Skate classes and group numbers.
The figure skating club is open to all who love skating, regardless of age or experience. Many club members started off in the arena’s Learn to Skate program and have gone on to medal at regional and national competitions.
“A lot of people don’t know we have figure skating in Charlottesville,” says club president Katie Shepherd. “But the Main Street Arena offers the Learn to Skate program for anyone interested in figure skating, hockey or just becoming a better ice skater. Many of our figure skaters decided they wanted to go further and work one-on-one with one of our coaches.”
13-year-old Alex Guterbock, an 8th grader at Henley Middle School, is one of those skaters. Alex began taking group classes when she was about five and made the jump into private lessons when she was nine. “I was progressing a lot, and I wanted to do competitions,” she says.
Alex recently landed her axel, the hardest single jump, and she’s begun working on double jumps. She’ll be skating in the holiday show Sunday.
“It’s a challenge,” she said. “But it’s a really fun sport.”
Want to go?
Get your tickets from cvillesk8club.com, through a club member or at the Main Street Arena. The show starts at 2:30 Sunday, but you may want to get there early. Make sure to bring a jacket or blanket!
Interested in skating?