EFSC showcases its talent at ice show

Dave Ogilvie

Sunday marked the conclusion of another successful season for the Emo Figure Skating Club.
This year’s ice show, entitled “It’s a New Year,” allowed the skaters to showcase their talents and newly-acquired skills.
The theme revolved around the various months and seasons of the year.
The Senior Line opened the show with a January number that celebrated New Year’s Eve, complete with descending balloons. Next came a Valentine’s Day duet by Jillian Armstrong and Caitlyn Maki.
The March theme for the afternoon was, of course, St. Patrick’s Day. The solo by club coach Dana Drennan received a warm round of applause from not only the crowd, but also from a group of skaters who were sneaking peeks as she performed to the music.
Other solos by the talented senior skaters were interspersed throughout the program.
They included a solo by Lexi Caul to the tune “Rainy Days & Nights,” a “Happy Birthday Canada” solo by Kailey Croswell, a fall solo by Ashley Croswell, and a winter solo by Avery Wilson-Hands.
The CanSkate ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams, as well as the MiniBlades, rounded out the program.
The highlight of the show was the guest pairs team of Michael Nelson and Sophie Potvin-Begin. Despite technical difficulties with the microphone and then the CD player, this dynamic duo wowed the crowd with their lifts, spins, and creative dance moves.
They didn’t seem bothered by the problems and performed like true professionals—even restarting their program once the CD player was operational.
The crowd rewarded their efforts with a much-earned round of applause.
The afternoon program was the result of a great deal of hard work by a small but talented group of skaters, their dedicated coaches, and an extremely supportive group of parents and community volunteers.
EFSC president Meredith Croswell thanked the coaches, Dana Drennan and her assistant, Kari Lemelin, for their hours of dedication and hard work.
Croswell also praised the skaters and commented on how much they’d improved over the season. Since the groups were all smaller than usual, the skaters received extra ice time and attention from their coaches.
She also went on to thank the EFSC’s board of directors.
“We could not have continued this year without their support and dedication,” Croswell stressed. “They have volunteered countless hours to our club and believed in the abilities of one another, working together to bring another year of skating to Emo.”
This season has been a real “test” for everyone involved in the Emo Figure Skating Club.
But their show, “It’s a New Year,” proved beyond a doubt that they all passed with flying colours.