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Skating around the world

The Figure Skating Club of Park City (FSCPC) is hosting a voyage around the world.

It’s planning to take audiences to Russian, China, Turkey, Argentina and India without leaving Park City during the club’s spring concert, "Passport to the World."

The production will be held a the Park City Ice Arena May 13 and 14, said Nancy Shott of the Figure Skating Club of Park City.

"The Spring Show provides an opportunity for our skaters to celebrate their love of the sport and showcase their skills within the context of a fun, exhibition-style event as opposed to a competition, which is their focus the rest of the year," she said. "The FSCPC is a very unique club (that is) very well run, with great coaches, yet a tight-knit and supportive group."

More than 20 countries will be represented in the program, said Shott.

"The skaters will truly take the audience on a world tour on ice," she said. "They’ll salute countries and cultures from every continent with a medley of solo and group performances in a variety of fabulous costumes."

A Russian sabre dance, a can-can, a tango and conga will be among the 28 selections that will be performed by 60 skaters, Shott said. Each work will be highlighted by pop, classical and traditional music.

"The music is festive, fun and wonderfully energetic," she said.

In addition to the members of the skate club, the production will also include skaters from both the Bunny Hops and the Learn to Skate programs, Shott said.

"Learn to Skate is an entry-level and introductory program focused on developing basic skating skills," she said. "(The) emphasis is on developing figure skating skills such as stroking, forward and backward crossovers, and other basic techniques and ice etiquette. As for age, there’s no limit. We’ve had 70 year olds in the LTS program."

The Bunny Hops program, Shott said, is designed to bridge Learn to Skate participants to the club.

"Participation generally requires a basic-three level of skating or better," she said.

Shott said productions like "Passport to the World" not only help raise awareness and interest in FSCPC, but also help the beginning skaters develop their confidence.

"Both among the younger audience members as well as the LTS and Bunny Hops participants get excited about developing their skills further to be able to participate in an even bigger way in future shows," she said.

The future looks bright for FSCPC, Shott said. The organization is slated to receive the Plus 10 Award, which acknowledges skating clubs that have increased their membership by at least 10 members during a season.

"Winners of the Plus 10 Award receive a either a commemorative trophy or plaque and recognition at the annual United States Figure Skating Association Governing Council meeting." Shott said. "In just 4 years, our club has grown from 10 to over 65 members, a significant size given our small community, and it’s still growing."

Figure Skating Club of Park City will present "Passport to the Word" at the Park City Ice Arena, 600 Gillmor Way, at Quinn’s Junction, on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. The club will skate an additional performance on Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5. Children ages six and younger will be admitted for free. For more information, visit http://www.parkcityice.org.


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