Skaters get down to ’70s music |

Skaters get down to ’70s music

Kimberly Nicoletti
summit daily news

To celebrate the new disco ball at Stephen C. West Ice Arena – installed last month – the Breckenridge Figure Skating Club presents its Far Out ’70s show. But locals skaters, age 5 through adult, aren’t just highlighting the disco craze; they’re skating to songs by singer-songwriters, the Jackson 5 and rock bands like The Who. (Of course, catchy tunes like “Stayin’ Alive” and “Dancing Queen” are prominently featured.)

Watch the rink transform into a pinball machine in “Pinball Wizard,” youngsters animate three of The Village People in “YMCA” and soloists gracefully glide with colored ribbons as they interpret the 1970s on ice.

“The ’70s-style disco theme … brings back the ’70s in all its bright and fun tunes and glory,” said coach Bonnie Kirchoff, during a phone interview Monday while she waited in an airport, returning with some of her students from a competition in Chicago.

She said the ’70s music helps skaters learn a new style of dance and expand upon their knowledge of various dance trends.

“We have a dedicated team of skaters who have been to many competitions lately – they’ve been to California, Texas and Chicago,” said coach Heather Robinson. “So come out and support the Breckenridge Figure Skating Club.”

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