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'Dance Your Skates Off'

A group with the James River Figure Skating Club rehearses Monday evening for the upcoming weekend performance at John L. Wilson Arena in Jamestown. John M. Steiner / The Sun

If you go

What: "Dance Your Skates Off"

When: 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and 2 p.m. March 17

Where: John L. Wilson Arena, 1009 7th St. NE

Details: 42nd James River Figure Skating Club Ice Show

Admission: advance tickets are $8 adults, $6 students, free for grades 5 and under, at Gifts from the Heart, Junk in the Trunk, Eckman's Auto Service and Neighborhood Grocery; $2 more at the door


Organizers of "Dance Your Skates Off" said the 42nd annual James River Figure Skating Club Ice Show has all the excitement and glamour of a Broadway production with costumes and choreographed dance numbers to upbeat songs ranging from ABBA and M.I.A. to a "Cotton Eyed Joe" finale.

Under the direction of trainer-choreographer Mark Vasarhelyi, the Ice Show is produced by parents of the skaters and volunteers. This concludes the competition season with a show that involves every level skater.

"The skaters did awesome at competition this year, as they always do, and this show is a lively and entertaining way to show audiences how much talent there is in Jamestown," Vasarhelyi said. "A lot of people don't even know there is a figure skating club in town and this will hopefully inspire people to sign their kids up for classes in the fall."

This might be the most energetic Ice Show ever in terms of the variety of up-tempo music and skater enthusiasm, said Jeanne Sortland, Ice Show producer. Six alumni skaters are also taking part by skating together to a Lady Gaga song.

"This just shows what an impact the skating club has had on their lives," Sortland said.

Karla Sherfy, a sophomore skater, said the Ice Show allows skaters to express their personalities through choreography. She loves the special connection with the audience.

"This event will always hold a special place in my heart and I hope that other people are able to experience it," Sherfy said.

Adelle Westerhausen, age 5, is taking part in her first Ice Show. She will perform with other skaters to "Who Let the Dogs Out."

"I'm most excited to be part of a big show because everyone will be watching me," Adelle said.

The opening has 11 mini-solo skaters to as many songs.

"I think the mini-solos in the opening are really fun and I'm excited to be in disguise for mine," said Gabby Tweten, a seventh-grade competitive skater whose mini-solo is to "All About that Bass."

The boys in the show, who come from the Jamestown Prowl youth hockey league and take fundamentals classes with the club, will take part in a mixed skate with the girls to the Britney Spears song "Womanizer."

"This is a group of really high caliber young men," Sortland said. "Mark said he's really excited about this number and that it's coming together really well."