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Skaters take a 'World Tour'

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Skaters from the Rochester Figure Skating Club are set for the 74th annual ice show, "World Tour." Pictured are skaters from the show's opening number.

The Rochester Figure Skating Club would like to teach the world to skate, or at least celebrate the world of skating during its 74th annual ice show, "World Tour."

"A sport like ours is highly individual, with the skaters deciding which competitions they want to be in," said Debbie Colgan, artistic director. "This is our one time during the year that the club gets together and shows what we can do."

More than 300 local skaters will perform in the show, including about 250 club skaters in preschool through high school, she said. There will also be five synchronized skating teams and an adult skating group.

Each of the skating numbers in the show, which runs April 20-22, is set to musical selections with a world theme.

Songs include "Run the World (Girls)" by Beyonce, "Holiday" by Madonna, "A Foggy Day in London" sung by Michael Buble, "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" from Lilo and Stitch, "Americana" by Lady Gaga, "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen, and "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing."

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"To me its about the music," Colgan said. "It's going to be really good."

It's already been fun for the skaters, she said.

"It's such a fun thing for the kids to have a more exotic costume and do a little research into the culture of the Chinese and Japanese dances that we're doing," she said.

Some of the skaters' fathers are even getting into the show by participating in the father/daughter segment that will be set to Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA."

The whole idea, though, is for the skaters to show off what they learned. "It's the big exclamation point at end of the year," Colgan said.

The show also gets many new skaters interested in skating.

"A lot of kids say they first thought of coming and joining because they went to the ice show and saw other kids skating and having fun," Colgan said.

Plans are also already under way for next year's 75th anniversary show, Colgan said, noting that a Facebook page was set up to invite former club members to come back for a reunion and be recognized.

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