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Figure skating showcase returns to Skatetown in Roseville

By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The Gold Rush Showcase is back at Skatetown.

The ice-skating rink in Roseville on Saturday will be host to the figure skating event that’s equal parts solo dance series and theatrical showcase.

Approved by U.S. Figure Skating, the showcase begins with individual and pairs competition for solo dance series points from 1-4:30 p.m. The showcase will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. and includes individual skaters, pairs and small ensembles from tots to senior ladies.

There are 56 skaters on the program from the Sacramento and bay areas and Lake Tahoe.

The dance series features traditional music approved by U.S. Figure Skating, including the waltz and fox trot. The showcase features current music “from pop to Broadway,” according to Judy Richardson, president of the host Capital City Figure Skating Club and co-chair of the event. One senior lady plans to skate to music from the longtime Broadway and current movie smash Les Misérables.

Richardson said there aren’t many props, but the events are considered dramatic.

“They have the ability to use small props, and there’s mostly one skater that performs a program up to two minutes,” she said. “There are also pairs skaters, and a little girls ensemble group will perform a minute and a half to music. They have their own program.”

Skatetown hosted a showcase for 11 years until being bypassed in 2012 because potential dates for the event didn’t work with U.S. Figure Skating sanctioning.

Saturday’s showcase is free to spectators.

“It’s a great opportunity for people of all ages to see how far you can go locally here in skating, everything from individual skating to dance,” Richardson said. “And there are plenty of coaches to talk to if there’s any interest in that.”

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at BillP_RsvPT.

 

GOLD RUSH SHOWCASE

 

What: Figure skating competition and showcase

When/Where: Saturday at Skatetown in Roseville, 1009 Orlando Ave. Dance series from 1-4:30 p.m., showcase from 5:30-9 p.m.

Tickets: Spectators are admitted free of charge.

Information: Call Skatetown at (916) 783-8550; or, contact Placer Valley Tourism at (916) 773-5400 or e-mail Olivia Barton at obarton@placertourism.com.