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Figure skating club set for Sunday’s holiday ice exhibition

Skaters take to the ice Thursday at the Howelsen Ice Arena in the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club's dress rehearsal. The club is holding its annual holiday show Sunday afternoon.
Austin Colbert

If you go

What: 2015 Holiday Ice Exhibition

When: 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Howelsen Ice Arena

Cost: Admission is free, but donations are accepted

— Had Ava Maynard grown up closer to an ice rink, she probably would have gotten into figure skating a lot sooner. As it stands, the Steamboat Springs High School freshman will be performing for only the third time on Sunday.

But given her bloodline, there is little reason to believe she won’t be dazzling.

“My mom grew up as a professional figure skater. When we moved to Steamboat we kind of started skating,” Maynard said. “I just love performing for people and making people excited for the holidays. Getting them into the Christmas sprit.”

On Sunday, the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club will hold its 2015 Holiday Ice Exhibition at the Howelsen Ice Arena. Show time is 4:30 p.m., and admission is free, although donations are gladly accepted.

The show has 15 performances scheduled, all with a holiday theme, including solos, duets and larger groups. The ages of the skaters range from 6 to 20.

“It’s fun. I get to express myself. I get to pretend I’m flying, but that only happens once in a while,” said Natasha Curzon, 13, the daughter of skating club President Linda Curzon. “They should be real excited for syncro and finale, because those two are the biggest groups, and they took a long time.”

Curzon and Maynard will pair up for a duet early in the program, with each also performing solo.

Many of the performances were choreographed by Stacy McAllister, the club’s head skating coach, with help from Celina Taylor, who previously skated with “Disney on Ice,” and Courtney Gill, who previously skated with the Haydenettes Synchronized Skating Team. The skaters choreographed a few of the performances themselves.

“It’s all local talent. They are local Steamboat kids,” Linda Curzon said. “They are skating to a collection of holiday music of their choice. It’s a great way to get into the festive holiday spirit. And Santa Claus will even show up in the finale.”

The skaters have been working on the show for nearly two months, with only a few practices each week. Still, most of the skaters have been through the city’s Learn to Skate program and already have plenty of performances under their belts.

The hope is, outside of putting on a great show, that Sunday’s program will excite others to join the club.

The club offers a “Sequins to Rhinestones” bridge program for those wanting to go beyond the city’s introductory lessons. The next session starts Jan. 7, with those skaters having the chance to join the club for their Spring Ice Show, scheduled for March 20.

“I’m happy to have more people join. The more the merrier,” said 9-year-old Marisa Scott, who has been skating for five years. “I’m very excited. It’s going to be really fun.”

To reach Austin Colbert, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @Austin_Colbert

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