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Ice Crystals strut 'Colors' at civic center


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Skaters perform the opening line at the 33rd annual Ice Crystals show this weekend at the Patrick O'Donell Civic Center. This years theme was "Colors". Performances were held Saturday and Sunday.


Ironwood - The Ice Crystals put on quite a display of figure skating talent this weekend at the Patrick O'Donnell Civic Center, as the group performed a variety of routines for its 33rd annual show.

The theme of this year's performance was "Colors."

A total of three shows were performed Saturday and Sunday; with Sunday's event drawing the largest crowd in the past four years, according to the group's Program Director Rebecca Samson.

Samson said the skaters - between the ages of three and 17 - worked hard over the 19 weeks of classes, with two weeks specifically dedicated to preparing for the show.

The majority of the show is choreographed and taught over 3 evenings," Samson said. "The skaters have all made huge improvements throughout the year. The show is our compilation of the season, but what the public doesn't see is the many hours put into each and every test the skaters ... pass.

This year's show featured approximately 50 skaters, including four soloists.

While the coaches do most of the planning; some of the more advanced skaters do help out, Samson said.

For more information on the group, visit it's Facebook page. Samson said that is also the location for updates on the upcoming season, which are put out as the ice dates become clearer in summer or fall.


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