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LAFSC hosts skating show in Frozen Winter Wonderland

The Langdon Area Figure Skating Club (LAFSC) will be lacing up their skates for their annual show on March 19 and 20.

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Posted on 3/12/16

By Melissa Anderson

The shows begin at 1 p.m. each day and will showcase area youth skaters’ hard work over the past season.

The LAFSC, which began in 1997, is a Basic Skills Program and Free Skate Program under the 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 careers with the LAFSC and progressed to levels where they were able to compete, either through the club under head coach Andrea Moser’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, Director for the LAFSC, stated.

“Our coach recommend children at least 3 years old and are 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 club’s first practice this year was early in November of 2015.

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.

“The club typically has the first practice on the first Monday in November of that year,” Hayes stated.

The theme for this year’s skating show is Frozen Winter Wonderland. 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.

Guest skaters for this year’s show will be the Emerald Blades, part of Border Blades Figure Skating Club from Grand Forks. The Emerald Blades are a syncro team and also have some solo skating. The Emerald Blades are a group of 10 skaters ranging in age from 13 to 15 who skate at the Open Juvenile level.

“I had been looking for a team to come and skate in our show,” Hayes said, “Unfortunately, all other clubs had either testing or their show going on that same weekend.”

McKenzie Darling, a former LAFSC skater and coach, has always been willing and ready to come and perform in her home-town. Hayes knew Darling was ready to lace up her skates for the year and choreograph her performance for the upcoming LAFSC.

“We really appreciate her wanting to come back, and I know that the community enjoys watching her skate,” Hayes stated.

Darling was the only guest skater lined up for this year’s show. That was until a couple weeks ago when Hayes was contacted by Dawn Eickman from Border Blades in Grand Forks.

“Dawn contacted me and stated that her synchronized team called Emerald Blades was interested in coming to skate in our show but they had testing to do on Saturday so only Sunday would work,” Hayes said.

Not wanting to miss the opportunity for a great guest skating group, Hayes took Eickman up on her offer and slated their performance for Sunday. Hayes offered to allow solos for any of the Border Blades skaters.

A few weeks before the show dates, Hayes had four parents contact her about their daughters wanting to skate a solo performance as well. Currently,  Rachel Craig and Cassidy Corbett have committed for solos with Border Blades and Hayes is waiting for confirmation from the other two.

“I think this is a good opportunity for our Free Skate girls to see what some other girls their age are learning and experiencing along with our younger girls still ‘oooooing and awwwwing’ over the synchronized team,” Hayes said.

Those planning on attending the show can expect to see 20 routines including the national anthem performed by Kaydee Koistinen.

Testing is done during the last couple practices and is also based off of the previous skate shows. Testing moves the skaters through levels of figure skating.

“The show is for the kids to just have fun and show their parents, family, and the community what they have learned this year,” Hayes said.

Moser has been coaching/volunteering for the LAFSC since 1998. In the beginning, Moser taught the basic skills based off of the Canadian CANSKATE program. Assisting Moser with coaching is Jenny Schrader.

The LAFSC wishes to thank Moser and Schrader for coaching the club skaters this year and Paige Gellner for helping the club skaters. Also, thank you to Kaydee Koistinen and Raquel Bata for helping the coaches and club skaters.

The LAFSC wants to send out a huge thank you to all the businesses and families that have donated to the 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,” Hayes said.

The LAFSC has figure skating sweatshirts, jackets, hats, mitts, and scarves for purchase at Sports and Shirts which can also be personalized. Please call  701-256-4200 to order.

At the shows, the club parents will be making cotton candy and selling window decals for a fundraiser at the show. Want to get a gift for the skater  in your life? No worries, the LAFSC has that covered as well with no hassle involved.

“Our club will be having Langdon Floral come into the Dakota Spirit Arena during show times to sell flowers and gifts for your special skater,” Hayes said.

Those interested can also call Langdon Floral to pre order their gift at 701-256-2200.

LAFSC will also be having a 50/50 raffle ticket  with half the money being donated to John Freer and his family.

“Our club always has donated to a family in need and this year we had two families,” Hayes said, “A past skater, Elise Ramberg, which we donated items for the silent auction. So the board and I decided that the 50/50 proceeds would go to Freer family.”

The show will be on Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. Cost of admission is $5 for adults, $2 for kids aged 6 to 12 years old, and 5 and under are free.

For more information on how to join the LAFSC or about the upcoming show, please contact Bobbi Hayes by phone at either 701-256-5827 or 701-370-3979 or email her at one of the following: bobbisuehayes@hotmail.com or lafsc2015@hotmail.com.