CALUMET - They've come a long way since being just little students struggling to keep their balance on the ice.
Now, the matured figure skating students are taking their passion for ice and merging it with everything they've learned through the years.
Calumet Figure Skating Club presents "Skating in the USA.," an ice show featuring different musical numbers all about the USA at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Calumet Colosseum.
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The Calumet Figure Skating Club presents “Skating in the USA” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Calumet Colosseum. Both boys and girls from ages 4 to 18 will perform 20 shows featuring music like “Viva Las Vegas” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”
The show will feature 20 different shows featuring 80 boys and girls in the club ages 4 to 18 skating to the likes of "Viva Las Vegas" and "Sweet Home Alabama."
"The opening number has all of the advanced level skaters, which included high school girls and a few junior high girls," Coach Joni Rozich said.
A couple of seniors will perform solo numbers on ice while another number will feature guys and girls, she said.
"We have some of the younger kids doing groups together based on what levels they are," Rozich said.
The students have been practicing since October and have been working on choreography for the show in the last few months.
"They'll be showcasing their jumps and spins they've been working on all year," Rozich said. "The best part of the show is seeing the skaters' faces after they're landed that big jump.
Twelve-year-old Alexis Rowe was taking a break between numbers Tuesday during rehearsal as she prepared for the next song.
"I've been doing this for eight years," Rowe said. "I try to do my best and keep practicing and don't give up."
There are four seniors in the club this year including Rebecca Munch, Stephanie Munch, Jillian Mytty and Allison Woodworth, she said.
Senior Stephanie Munch said preparing for the show has been sad but fun.
"I've been skating since first grade and I'm almost 18," she said. "I've been in it for so long that it's a part of me now. It's going to be weird not going to practice."
Stephanie is one of two seniors participating in a solo performance. Her song is "Mississippi Girl" by Faith Hill.
"I hope they think it's fun," she said. "I enjoy it and hope others do too."
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