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The theme for the SCVRC annual ice show was “Blades on Broadway.” The show was held on April 27 and 28.

SCVRC holds annual ice show with this year’s theme: Blades on Broadway

During the evenings of April 27, and April 28, the St. Croix Valley Recreation Center held its 23rd annual Ice Show, with this year’s theme being “Blades on Broadway.” The show consisted of 29 different numbers involving over 50 girls skating in groups and/or solos.

This year’s theme for the ice show was “Blades on Broadway.” The skaters could only choose songs that have been previously performed on Broadway

“I was really excited about the theme because Broadway is such a broad topic and there are so many different choices and programs to skate to,” senior, Jazzy Allison said. Some of the songs performed were “New York, New York.” “Fixer Upper” and “Chiquitita.” When choosing the theme, many things have to be put into consideration; What would be most interactive with the crowd, what could be most compatible with the type of skating, different performance levels, and many other components. The theme this year turned out to be quite a hit with the audience. 

With an annual event like this, the question always begs: What will next year’s theme be? The theme is so important because everything else depends on it, wardrobe, makeup, music, decorations and whatnot.

When junior Violet Johnson was asked about what theme she would like to skate to, her response was movies, specifically one with a dramatic soundtrack. While it is a very broad topic, she said she would look forward to the different directions people would go in.

When asked the same question, senior Berlin Mossak said she would like to see the theme go in a different direction, literally. 

“I think it’d be cool to do places or destinations,” Mossak said. Regardless of what next year’s theme will be, there have to be props given to this year’s incredibly thought-through theme. 

While this might just be another Ice Show for most, three seniors said their goodbyes to the event for good. The show’s last number was a tribute to the seniors, Allison, Mossak and Kyra Privette. This year’s seniors have been skating their whole lives, some grew up skating in the Ice Show, moments like that are bittersweet. Mossak and Allison plan on continuing their skating careers after high school.

I will do intercollegiate skating, so I will be able to keep skating in my life.

— Jazzy Allison

“I will do intercollegiate skating, so I will be able to keep skating in my life,” Allison said. She was also looking at skating in Disney on Ice but was unable to due to college. Mossak is currently exploring professional figure skating opportunities. 

There is a completely different dynamic between skating on a regular basis, whether that be for high school, solo, or freestyle compared to the Ice Show. “Regular skating” is usually very individual, whereas the ice show is very team-based.

“Our mentality has to switch from individuals to a team sport because most of the numbers are with teams or with duets or trios,” Allison said. Johnson explained when they perform in the ice show, it is more of an opportunity to show off the skills they have been working on during the rest of the year.

An event of this size takes months of preparation and planning. The earliest day relating to the ice show is the show picture night, which is almost 25 days before the first day of the performance. 

“As a skater, you start your program about a month, two months ahead of time,” Allison said. All the skaters and their parents helped set up decorations throughout the week prior to the show. The amount of communication and dedication put toward the show is impressive. 

Participating in the show brings new opportunities to light regarding collaboration and it helps develop friendships. The Ice Show gives the skaters a good opportunity to finish the Spring season off with something fun.

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