WOODS CROSS – The Utah Figure Skating Club wants everyone to join them on the ice.
In honor of National Skating Month, the club is holding a free exhibition show and open house on Jan. 31 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the South Davis Recreation Center. The event will also include refreshments, prize drawings, information on classes and free skating for residents.
“Everyone’s welcome,” said Michelle Thomson, a member of the club. “You don’t have to let kids have all the fun.”
The skating show will start at 5:30 p.m., featuring both youth and adult club members. Several of the performers will go on to participate in the Utah Winter Games, which start Feb. 7.
“For some of our youngest skaters, it will be their first competition,” said Thomson. “It’s our intermediate skaters, though, who will be the really hot ticket. They’re a competitive group and really push each other.”
Even though it’s not a competition, some of that drive will be on the ice Jan. 31.
“There should be some great stuff,” she said.
Organizers are also hoping for performances from club skaters who are participating in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
“It’s the level just before the Olympics,” said Thomson. “The fact that we have people competing at that level is amazing.”
Eight Utah skaters are in Omaha for the multi-day competition, which wraps up Jan. 27.
“They’ve got other things on their minds right now,” said Thomson. “But we expect at least some of them to come back in time.”
Club members, however, won’t be the only ones in the rink. From 7-9 p.m., anyone who cites National Figure Skating Month can skate for free at the recreation center.
“We thought it was the best way to celebrate the month,” said Thomson.
The club will also have information about Learn to Skate classes, which start up again in early March. Skaters who register for the upcoming session of Learn to Skate are eligible to perform in the club’s upcoming spring show.
“It’s always fun to get involved in a show,” she said. “This is the perfect time to sign up.”
Even those who don’t feel like they’re ready to perform can still get a lot out of stepping onto the ice.
“Some of the best lessons of life are learned on the ice,” said Thomson. “One of the best is that when you fall, you just get up again.”