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Riverside skaters host annual show

By Scott A. Kolb

skolb@postbulletin.com

This weekend’s shows by the Riverside Figure Skating Club will mark the culmination of a whole season of practice for the club members.

The first show will be on Saturday starting at 7 p.m. at Riverside Arena. The second show will then take place on Sunday with a 2 p.m. start time.

Featured in the show will be a half-dozen skaters doing solo routines. Others will perform in small groups, with the theme being songs about cars.

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Songs like: Greased Lightning, Running on Empty, Mustang Sally, and Life is a Highway will be some of the background music for the skaters.

"For some of the kids this is their only event in front of a crowd all season," RFSC president Kathy Serratore said. "There are 15-20 kids who test for different levels and also take part in the bigger competitions. All of the kids are tested for different levels of badges.

"Our show is the culmination and all the kids in the club can participate. We’ll also have guest skaters from Rochester, Christiana and Cailyn Johnson. They skate year-round with the Rochester club, and they’re going to do an artistic number duet."

It’s not all girls skating for the crowd at this weekend’s shows. The RFSC has four boys on its member rolls and they will be skating in the show.

In the 2009 season, the RFSC has a pair of graduating seniors. Sarah Ivanca and Olivia Hernandez-Toliver will be part of the show on ice.

"Riverside Figure Skating Club has about 80 members," Serratore said. "There are approximately 65 members of the club participating in the shows, and they range in age from 4 to 18.

"Our professional staff includes Chris Amy, who has been coaching with the club for over 27 years and Paul Paprocki, who is the skating director of the Rochester FSC and has been coaching in Austin for the past 9 years."

The season runs from October to March. Riverside Figure Skating Club will also be having a Spring Session beginning March 22 and running to April 26. New members are welcome to come and participate

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"The Spring Session is for all ages, but it’s really designed for the younger members to work on their skating skills," Serratore said. "This gives them a chance learn how to skater better. It’s also an opportunity for the older skaters to continue to work on their skills. The next big event for the RFSC is we’ll have a float in the Austin 4th of July Parade."

Riverside Figure Skating Club is a sanctioned club of U.S. Figure Skating. RFSC has a 15-member board and is run by parent and community volunteers.

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