If you see these shirts anywhere but an ice skating performance, you might think something might be a little off, and honestly, I wouldn't blame you.
These were the most interesting tops (not my favorite) from group routines I performed in at the Northwoods Figure Skating Club Spring Ice Show 2012 (Left) : "Shout It Out Loud" and 2014 (Right) : "Take a Chance On Me."
Just recently, I got to watch this year's Ice Show when I visited home for spring break. After I returned to school, I popped in my old DVD's and started reminiscing about my favorite community club sport in high school.
What a time it was. A year following the move up north, I was a freshman, and I decided I would pursue ice skating. This was before I figured out I have no hand-eye coordination, so it stuck. I met my friend Madison (upper right) who was in the program from an early age. I decided to put in a lot of effort so that I could reach her level and we could eventually perform together. Our senior year, we performed a duet and bowed out one last time...together.
Learning alongside each other was definitely one of my favorite things about the sport. Of course there were things I didn't like, but the pros outweighed the cons.
Timeline and Schedule of Practices Senior Year: (all approximate as this was almost two years ago)
Starting in the fall, my practice time was from 7:30-8:30 on Sunday nights and an hour afterwards was offered as well. I would arrive around 6 so that I could help coach younger skaters during their practice time.
After two of the sessions were done, (each session was 6 weeks), "Show" business would start. We would be selected for group numbers, or routines, and put requests in for features (solos or duets) with the music that would go along with whatever theme was chosen for that year.
Soon after that, practices would begin, and then we had the photo shoot. It was always fun to see everyone's outfits all at once and to figure out what our poses would be for group and individual numbers.
We would practice for many hours up until the weekend before performances. At this time, we would drive to the show location, an ice rink about a half hour away, and practice a few times there.
Friday night of show weekend, we had dress rehearsal and all hoped it would go off without a hitch. The following morning, skaters were required to be there bright and early to ensure that all the performances would start on time.
Senior year was awesome because my personal coach, Hailee, tested my skills for the level I was working on right before the Saturday performance. I passed my test that morning and I was so grateful that she invested extra time just for me. Shout out to Hailee, if you're reading this, you were the best coach, so thank you!
Overall, my experience with ice skating was great. I loved everything about it and I miss it all the time. For those of you in a sport that won't last forever, I hope you cherish all the memories you make.
Until next time,