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Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club takes to ice for 2014 holiday show

— The members of the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club are hoping to transform the ice inside the Howelsen Ice Arena into a winter wonderland this weekend.

The local skating club is inviting the community to its 2014 Holiday Ice Show at 5 p.m. Sunday. The event is free, but donations will be accepted and baked goods will be sold to help support the club.

The show will feature many of the club's 36 members skating to holiday classics. On Thursday, the skaters took to the ice for one final rehearsal before this weekend's performance.

"It's a holiday-themed show," said Stacy McAllister, director of the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club. "This is a great opportunity for our skaters to get on the ice and perform in front of an audience. It should be a lot of fun."

The show will feature solos from Ellie Brown, Marisa Scott, Lily Frinks, Indigo Enger, Natasha Curzon, Gillian Cook, Kaelyn Radway and Ava and Helena Maynard. There also will be duets and group numbers performed by members of the club.

"We will have music from ‘The Polar Express,’ the Grinch and other classics," McAllister said.

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The coach also feels like this is an opportunity to showcase the athletes as well as the local club to members of the community.

The Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club has grown from 10 members a year ago to more than 30 now. It also has attracted a couple of talented coaches with experience in performance skating, including Celina Taylor and Paul Goldner.

The skaters recently returned from Aspen Invitational, where skaters Scott, Frinks, Curzon, Enger and Radway all picked up top finishes in their divisions.

Since taking over the director’s position, McAllister has worked to integrate the learn-to-skate classes with the figure skating club.

To do this, she introduced the Sequins to Rhinestones program as a way to bridge the gap that has existed between the two groups in the past. That, along with the introduction of the new coaches, has the young skaters and their parents excited about the club's future.

"There is a new energy with the club," parent Linda Curzon said. "We are hoping to build something special in Steamboat Springs, and we feel like we have a good start."

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