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Rochester Figure Skating Club prepares for 76th Ice Show

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The ice may be gone from our roads and lakes, but the ice rink at the Rochester Rec Center is still frozen solid. That's good news for the Rochester Figure Skating Club as they prepare for their 76th Annual Ice Show "School Days."

When all the hours, weeks, and months of practice come together under dazzling lights and upbeat music, it's a spectacular sight.

"I'd say nerves are going through my head, but most importantly trying to keep a smile on your face," said skater and graduating senior, Liam Gonyea.

"It's a really big adrenaline rush," said skater Katie Hansen.

But getting to the center ice isn't easy.

"So much work," said Hansen. "Way more than a lot of people know."

Many of the kids performing started as early as elementary or preschool. For graduating seniors, that can mean as many as 12 years of a labor of love.

"When you land your first jump or spin, it kind of gets you addicted on that thrill that you just want to do more and more and be the best skater you can be," said Gonyea.

And every year, that love is showcased in their show.

"It's almost like Christmas," Hansen said. "It's like our favorite time of year."

This year, the theme is "School Days."

"But it's not just like school," said director Debbie Colgan. "We just pull loosely related good pieces of music."

The theme seems fitting because all year the skaters train their bodies and their minds.

"The life lessons and the basic skills you need later on in life, you learn a lot from skating," said skater and graduating senior Hannah Senf.

The figure skaters often do a lot of their training on their own.

"That's what I love about it," said graduating senior and skater Ellie Thomas. "The goal setting and the perseverance it takes."

"The whole rest of the year they're kind of going in their own direction, and this is the one time everybody in the club kind of pulls together," Colgan said. "We're all doing the same thing, kind of sharing the experience."

This year the club was also able to bring in outside skaters that do ice dancing and aerial ice.

Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

More information on shows and tickets can be found here.

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