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Pop culture skates into Breck

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
summit daily news
Breckenridge, CO

Special to the DailyFrom left to right, Katrina Baird, Cate Maclellan, Summer Krueger and Emma Cumming skate at Saturday's Video Music Awards at Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge.

Local skaters jump into spring with Video Music Awards on Ice, a dedication to MTV and the influence it’s had on popular culture.

About 20 skaters from the Breckenridge Figure Skating Club will pop, spin and “Get This Party Started” at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for kids.

Though the spring show is not as big as the club’s annual holiday show, it will present just as much sparkle and shine, with songs like “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira (complete with a skater in red-hot sequins and fringe), “Beautiful” and “Come on Over” by Christina Aguilera and tunes from Pink, In Sync, Beyonce, Pussycat Dolls, Nelly Furtado, and even retro songs like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

“There’s something for everyone to relate to,” said coach Heather Robinson.

Kids ages 5 to 17 will perform group and solo routines, and even the coaches get in on the action with a number by the Spice Girls.

The oldest student, Caitlin Mahoney, age 17, will give her final performance at the rink before graduating and going off to college. She has skated at the rink for more than 12 years.

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“It’s going to be a bittersweet show for us,” Robinson said. “She definitely brings a lot of personality to the rink.”

For this show, the coaches allowed the skaters to choose their own music ” since they had to perform to country music for the holiday show, whether they liked it or not. Of course, the popular music infused the skaters with energy, so when there was talk that the show might be canceled due to town budget cuts, parents began chipping in for colorful costumes that emulate the music videos and donations rolled in for a spotlight.

“We were determined to have (the show),” Robinson said.

After the show, a public skating session (until 9:15 p.m.) will allow audience members to mingle with the performers, as well as try a few moves of their own.