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‘iSkate’ with the CCSA

March 15, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer (skukkonen@mininggazette.com) , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - The students in the Copper Country Skating Academy are bringing an eclectic mix of popular music of today and favorites of days past in their skating show.

CCSA presents "iSkate: What's on your playlist?" at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena at Michigan Technological University in Houghton.

The show will feature a mix of different tunes accompanying 33 ice skating routines. Students from Tech's Learn to Skate program and regular students in the CCSA will take to the ice to present everything they've learned so far on the ice.

"We have kids who are 2 and 3 years old all the way up to seniors in high school," said Amy Romps.

Zoe Woodworth, the lone senior in the academy, will have a split senior number and then groups of students will split up for different routines to the likes of The Black Eyed Peas and Michael Jackson.

"We have other features soloists, including Jane Sommerset, Sarah Rowe and Nicole Rossi," Romps said.

Romps' own daughter, Madeline, helped come up with the theme this year.

"My mom gave me a couple of ideas and I drew a logo for it," Madeline said. "The logo has an iPod on it."

There will also be a middle school number where skaters will skate with their dads or friends of their family, which Romps said will be a lot of fun.

The academy ordered more than 160 costumes and there will be more than 75 skaters who take the ice.

Madeline, who has been skating since she was 3 years old, has five numbers in the ice.

"We started organizing this September and there are so many board members who volunteer and help pick music," Amy Romps said.

New this year, skaters from Michigan Tech's adult skating class will participate as will the CCSA coaches, said director Jada Gullstrand.

"We brought back to the show a number with the middle school aged students and their fathers or friends of the family," she said.

The event is open to the public an tickets can be purchased at the door.

 
 

 

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