Langdon Figure Skating Club to hold skating show March 21-22

The Langdon Area Figure Skating Club will be lacing up their skates for their annual show on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22.

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Posted on 3/14/15

By Melissa Anderson

The Langdon Area Figure Skating Club which began in 1997, is a Basic Skills Program and Free Skate Program under guidelines of US Figure Skating.

The Basic Skills Program is a compilation of skills that every athlete who has a recreational interest or who competes on the ice should learn and master.

There have been several individuals over the years that began their skating career with the Langdon Figure Skating Club and progressed to levels where they were able to compete, either through our club under Andrea’s supervision, or who joined other area clubs in order to practice and compete at more advanced levels.

“We encourage boys and girls, even hockey players, to join the Basic Skills Program to learn the basics of skating” Bobbi Hayes, a board member for the club, stated.

“Our coaches recommended age is at least 3 years old, and is able to understand and follow directions” Hayes continued.

The ages in the program this year range from as young as 2 years old to 16 years old. The clubs first practice this year was early in November of 2014.

Registration takes place in October, so the coaches have enough time to place kids in the groups they need to be in and to get practice times figured out.

Our theme is country western and the name of our show is “We’re From the Country”. The program will allow the kids to “show off” their hard work in learning new skating maneuvers and everything else they have learned this year.

The guest skaters will be the Magic Laces from Minot. The Magic Laces are a synchronized group with an age range from 7-12 years old.

“When I was looking for a synchronized team for our show, I came across Cheri Neset’s number and found out that she had a young group, which I thought that the younger kids would find very interesting to watch kids their age be on a synchro team” Hayes stated.

The other guest skater is former Langdon Area Figure Skater and coach McKenzie Darling. She will be doing two performances this year with the first performance dedicated to Justin Kruk and Ashley Ratzlaff.

The second performance is in honor of her mom, Shauna Schneider’s, birthday and to the Langdon Area Figure Skaters.

“The skaters are the reason I thrive as a skater” Darling stated.

Those planning on attending  the show can expect to see 19 routines including the national anthem being sung by a few members of the club, returning McKenzie Darling, and the young synchronized team, the Magic Laces.

Testing is done during the last couple of practices and is also based off of the previous skate shows. Testing moves them through levels for the next year. The show is for the kids to just have fun and show their parents, family, and the community what they have learned this year.

The head coach for the Langdon Area Figure Skating Club is Andrea Moser, who has been coaching/volunteering since 1998. In the beginning, Moser taught the basic skills based off of the Canadian CANSKATE program!

The other coach, Paige Gellner, has been with club for five years. This will be Gellner’s last year as a coach as she will be attending college in the fall.

The skaters wish to thank Moser for everything she has and continues to do for the club.

The skaters also wish to thank Gellner for all her hard work and dedication to the club.

The Langdon Area Figure Skating Club wants to send out a huge thank you to all the businesses and families that have donated to our club!

“Without all the donations and time, we wouldn’t be able to make this a non-profit organization! You all will be recognized in our program”.

The show will be on Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m.

For more information on how to join the Langdon Area Figure Skating Club or about the upcoming show, please contact Bobbi Hayes at 701-256-5827, 701-370-3979, or email at bobbisuehayes@hotmail.com.

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