Annual skating show to recognize

ROUSES POINT - Ever heard of the song "Hippy Hippy Shake?" How about "We're Not Going to Take It?" These popular one-hit wonders will be just some of the songs one can hear at the North Country Skating Club Ice Show.

The show, which will be held this Saturday, March 13, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 14, at 2:30 p.m. will feature skaters of all ages bringing their talent to the Rouses Point Civic Center ice rink.

"There is a lot of talent in the North Country," said club vice president Trisha Guay. "For being this small of an area that we are, there's a lot of kids that have amazing talent that's right in people's backyards."

Guay said the club features children from ages 3 through 17, who practice for the annual show beginning in October, skating nearly four hours a night, Monday through Friday.

"It's a lot of dedication for each child," she said. "Including the parents and the board members that make the show spectacular."

For the show, Guay said the ice rink is transformed into something "magical."

"You walk in there and you don't even realize that it's actually an ice rink," she said. "There's decorations that go up, there's lights that go up ... there's a lot of preparation that's done that's just amazing."

This year, there will be an added element to Sunday's show, which will feature The Ice Crystals Synchronized Skating Team from Burlington, Vt., which, according to Guay, is "fast skating. It's very fast skating. It's almost like the Rockettes."

"One of our skaters, Jessica Cartier, tried out for the team and she ended up making the team," explained Guay. "So, her mom asked if the girls could come over and skate and we said, 'Yes, we'll make them our special guest.'"

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