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The love of skating

March 19, 2011
Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Southwest Figure Skating Club members Caitlyn Schaeffer and Melanie Smisek gave each other a short pep talk before they went to practice their duo for the Club's upcoming skating show.

"You remember it?" Smisek asked Schaeffer.

"I hope so," Schaeffer said. "We may have to run it more than once." The two stepped onto the ice as Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" started playing.

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Photo by Cindy Votruba

Caitlyn Schaeffer and Emma Klein watch the action from the sidelines at the Lyon County Ice Arena.

The Southwest Figure Skating Club, along with Marshall Community Services, is performing "All You Need Is Love And Skates" at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 26 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 27 at the Lyon County Ice Arena.

At a recent practice, several of the club skaters were working on their various routines, which consists of solos, group performances, a father-daughter skate, a guest skater and something new this year - five Marshall High School boys hockey players skating to "Love Stinks" with five of the SW Figure Skating Club girls.

Smisek said the boys have quickly taken to the routine.

"It's actually been a lot of fun," Smisek said. "They're doing pretty well."

At one point of the routine, the girls will do a figure skating move and the boys are supposed to copy the move, Smisek said.

"That's really funny," Becca Klein said about teaching the boys how to be a little more graceful.

"It's nothing too complicated," Smisek said of the hockey boys' and figure skating girls' routine. Some are doing spirals. Some are doing simple jumps." Smisek is paired off with Nathan Schaeffer, Caitlyn's older brother.

"For me, I don't know them, it's awkward," Emily Konn said. Konn, a high school freshman, said the hockey players are older than she is.

But the routine is all in good fun, the girls said.

"They (the boys) have to act crazy at the beginning," Smisek said.

Smisek said her solo piece is to Journey's "Faithfully." Her coach, Jodi Schreurs, choreographed the routine, but the skaters do have some input.

"She's really open to our ideas, so we throw in our own thing once in a while," Smisek said.

Liz Fixen, the lone senior of the skating club, said she looks back fondly at her years on the rink.

"It's sad, but it's been nice having the last 14 years," Fixen said. "You get to know a lot of the girls because you practice with them a lot."

Fixen is performing her senior solo to Jerrod Niemann's "Lover, Lover."

"I'm trying to get it perfected so when my friends see it, it looks good," Fixen said.

Some of the other skaters, including Lisi Skrien and Kendra Vroman, enjoy being part of the show.

"It's fun to get your body moving, be with people," Skrien said. "Get your body into shape because you move around a lot."

"It's fun you get to do cool jumps," Vroman said. Plus, Vroman said, you can make difficult moves look easy.

Vroman decided to try a few of those cool jumps during practice.

"Kendra, land on your toe pick," Smisek advised as Vroman attempted to stop herself after a skating maneuver.

Hannah Matthys was back on the ice after breaking her leg last year while ice skating. She said she "babied" her leg a bit, but was doing several spins and jumps on the ice earlier this week.

The girls said their parents do a lot of legwork to get the show ready for March, from choosing the theme and songs to getting costumes. Sometimes that may begin in August, Schaeffer said.

"They all do a lot to make this show run," Schaeffer said.

"It comes pretty quick," Klein said.

Smisek said her mother, Connie, had a hand in choosing the music, including the piece she and Schaeffer are skating to.

"My mom is in love with Lady Gaga, so she picked it," Smisek said.

Schaeffer said she was against using a song by Lady Gaga.

"But now I'm used to it," Schaeffer said.



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