Barrels of fun at Figure Skating Club of Charleston’s holiday show

Bayla Landy of the Figure Skating Club of Charleston’s Elite Skating Academy skaters during the performance of “Run, Run Rudolph” at the “Rock ’n’ Roll Christmas on Ice” show at the Carolina Ice Palace. Buy this photo

The professional figure skating shows that tour the country have nothing on the Figure Skating Club of Charleston, which recently put on its 14th annual “Rock ’n’ Roll Christmas on Ice” show at the Carolina Ice Palace.

More than 750 spectators enjoyed the pair of two-hour shows.

And the Lowcountry Food Bank also will benefit with more than four barrels of canned goods donated by those in attendance.

“Our skaters this year ranged in age from 4 years old to 65, and we actually had about 70 skaters this year,” said Stacey Mons, the figure skating director for the Carolina Ice Palace.

“It takes about six weeks of rehearsal for all the kids to prepare for it. All of our little kids learn to skate. Kids come once a week to practice. And the same for our competitive skaters.”

Skaters performed to “Everybody Loves Christmas,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Candy Cane Twist,” “Run, Run Rudolph,” “Frosty the Snowman” and many other Christmas favorites.

In addition to the local skaters, also performing was 16-year-old guest skater Barbie Long of Chicago, the 2012 U.S. Junior Pewter medalist, 2011 U.S. Novice Silver Medalist and 2012 U.S. Intermediate Bronze Medalist.

“Our skaters really do enjoy it. It takes a lot of work to put it together,” Mons said.

“But during the show we really see how excited the kids are and how much fun they’re having together. And we remember why we do it. We’re doing it for the kids.”

Mons said the shows are an opportunity for the younger skaters to watch and be inspired by the older skaters. She said it makes the younger skaters work harder and want to practice.

“They just light up when they see the older girls,” Mons said. “The shows are really a time for them to play and have fun with each other and remember why we (skate) in the first place.”

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