Black Hills Figure Skating Club glides at Main Street Square
RAPID CITY, S.D. – It was a winter wonderland for a group of young skaters on Saturday at Main Street Square.
Before the festivities for the tree lighting got under way, around a dozen skaters from the Black Hills Figure Skating Club held their annual winter show. The event showcases the hard work and dedication from all of the skaters, some of whom have been training for years.
According to Black Hills Figure Skating Club Coach Michaela Trickey, every one of the skaters is in it for their own goals and aspirations.
“They’re passionate about it, it’s their sport, they watch them on the Olympics, they watch the nationals,” Trickey said. “There are so many goals they’re reaching for: to skate in college, to skate with a show – Disney on Ice – to compete nationally, to compete worldwide. It’s a passion.”
The skaters practice three to five days a week to perfect their techniques and performances. The club’s performances are normally either creative or competitive. And with Saturday’s snowfall, the performances made a picturesque holiday scene.
“There are more artistic ones because it’s a smaller rink and it’s snowing too, so it’s kind of hard to do,” said Lauren Eccarious, one of the skaters. “There’s a lot of holiday themes as well.”
The skating club is holding another show Dec. 14 at the Roosevelt Ice Arena at 6:30 p.m.