The Juneau Skating Club figure skaters have been practicing for their Dec. 1, Holiday Recital almost daily since coming back from the Northwest Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships in Tacoma, Washington in October.
Ten JSC skaters attended that competition with Emma Jesson and Katherine Fritsch each getting medals in their skating groups.
“The best part of going to Regionals was getting to skate my program the best that I could,” Fritsch said. “I worked really hard to get ready and it was fun and exciting to skate in front of a different crowd.”
Jesson stated, “I really liked seeing how other skaters presented themselves.”
The two said it was really fun to go with so many friends from the Juneau Skating Club. This was Katherine’s first time and Emma’s second time going to the Regional competition which is held only once per year. They are both looking forward to going again next year.
“I hope to be more relaxed, because now I know what to expect,” Fritsch said. “I know I’ll have improved my axel by next year, so I’ll be more confident about it.”
Pam Leary, Figure Skating Coordinator for JSC, agreed that taking 10 girls was very fun but exhausting for her. Regional competition is done over 5 days, with practices started at 5:30am and last until 11 p.m. with competition in between. With 10 skaters, she said found herself at the rink all day long, coaching at practices, putting skaters out on the ice to compete and watching tons of great skating.
“It is beyond thrilling to see what a local non-profit has been able to do in such a short time in the Figure Skating world,” Leary said.
The skaters also had help from Shona Strauser who taught them how to present to an audience that is far away through a variety of acting techniques. The figure skaters recently held a sleepover where dance instructor Eve Fieldhouse, a member of the Daughters of the New Moon troupe, provided a lesson in Middle eastern dance.
“Exposing our skaters to different ways of moving or expressing really helps their performance and how they approach skating,” said Leary. “Every new exposure opens doors to creativity and we try to give that to our skaters as much as possible.”
The Juneau Skating Club’s Holiday Recital is Dec.1 at 2:30 p.m. at the Treadwell Arena and is free to the public. Contact JSC at ww.juneauskatingclub.org for more information on lessons or other upcoming events.