The Langdon Area Skating Club (LASC) will be lacing up their skates for their annual show on March 11 and 12.
By Melissa Anderson
The shows begin at 1 p.m. each day as skaters showcase their hard work over the past season on the Dakota Spirit Arena ice.
“This year our show is a week early due to there being no school on March 16-17,” Bobbi Hayes, Director for the LASC, stated.
The LASC, which began in 1997, is a Basic Skills Program and Free Skate Program under the guidelines of US Figure Skating.
“The club changed the name to Langdon Area Skate Club because it isn’t a figure skating association anymore they changed to Learn to Skate,” Hayes said.
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.
“We encourage boys and girls – even hockey players, to join the Basic Skills Program to learn the basics of skating. We hope that we can get more boys in the club so we have added a hockey portion to the club,” Hayes stated.
The age range is from 3 years old to 15 years old. Skaters must turn 3 by the end of that year. This year’s season was 17 weeks with practices starting on November 7, 2016.
“We have 73 skaters with 65 skaters participating in the show,” Hayes said.
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 Disney©. 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.
“We have a wide variety of Disney© shows: The Little Mermaid, A Goofy Movie, 101 Dalmations, Disney‘s© Fairies (Tinkerbell) to name a few,” Hayes shared.
There are 21 routines this year averaging about a little over a minute in length each.
Guest skaters for this year’s show will be McKenzie Darling, Kaydee Koistenin, Jenny Schrader, and McKenna Belle.
“All past club members and McKenzie have been coming back to be a guest skaters for years,” Hayes said.
The club hosts a skate show for friends and family of theirclub members so that they can show off all of the newly learned skills. It is a fun time had by all and a little reward for the skaters for doing incredibly well throughout the season!
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.
Andrea Moser has been coaching/volunteering for the LASC since 1997. In the beginning, Moser taught the basic skills based off of the Canadian CANSKATE program. This will be Moser’s last year coaching the skaters of LASC
“Andrea has been with this club for many years, however, with sad hearts from many, this will be her last year as coach,”Hayes said,”We thank Andrea for all of her time and efforts in all the past years for the club and all past and present skaters. We will miss her very much.”
Next year, the position of Head Coach will go to Paige Gellner, who has been assisting Moser with coaching for several years. Gellner was also involved in figure skating in Devils Lake and Jamestown and also competed for awhile. Moser will help Gellner with the transition next year.
“Paige has been Andrea’s assistant coach for quite a few years previously, so we are very thankful and excited for Paige to be coming back into the club,” Hayes shared.
Assistant coaches this year were Kaydee Koistenin and McKenna Belle. A few of the freeskaters: Raquel Bata, Lexi Bata, and Autumn Howatt have always being willing to help out after lessons with the younger groups as well.
“We are very fortunate and thankful to have them as well,” Hayes stated,” The younger kids look up to the freeskate girls, so they learn a lot from them.”
Thank you to the rest of the club’s board members – Lisa Howatt, Megan Hakanson, Carlie Wenzel, Becky Berg, Jenn Mackall, and Dana Petersen for all the help and time they have put into the club this year. The LASC 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 LASC has figure skating sweatshirts, jackets, hats, mitts, and scarves for purchase at Sports and Shirts which can also be personalized. Please call to 701-256-4200 to order one.
At the shows, the club parents will be making cotton candy and selling window decals for a fundraiser at the show.
“Thank you to Mark and Shauna Schneider for making the cotton candy again this year and announcing,” Hayes said.
Want to get a gift for the skater in your life? No worries, the LASC 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 are advised to pre-order their gift by calling Langdon Floral at 701-256-2200. Some special items are limited quantity.
This year the club donated to the Tucker Olson benefit. LASC will also be having a 50/50 raffle ticket both days of the show.
“This year, one day will be donated to Jackie Kram and the other day to Joleen Everson,” Hayes said.
The shows will be on Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. Cost of admissions 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 LASC 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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.