March 10, 2010

Figure Skating Club’s “Got Talent”

By Tina Foreman
Farmer Staff Writer

America’s Got Talent is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages competing for a top prize of $1 million. Although Watford City Figure Skating Club’s Got Talent participants won’t be vying for $1 million, the audience is sure to be wowed by the group’s amazing skating performances.
Members of the Watford City Figure Skating Club (WCFSC) know that they have talent, and the time has come for them to show off their talents and everything they’ve learned during the 2010 skating season at this year’s skating show.
The two-hour show includes group numbers, individual performances and a special guest skater.
Last year marked the end of Zane Frick’s skating career as a member of the WCFSC, but it wasn’t the end of skating for him, and he’s come back as a guest skater with two numbers planned for this weekend’s shows.
Whether you decide to get the show’s full effect in the grandstands or opt for the heated seating, audience members will be treated to routines from skaters as young as four years old up to the club’s only senior skater, Jenny Rogness.
“I am so thankful for all of my years with the WCFSC,” says Rogness. “The time that I’ve spent with the club has created so many memories for me that I will never forget.”
Rogness will skate through her memories with skating partner Brea Jore by her side, followed by a solo number which will mark her last performance as a member of the WCFSC.
“As I enter the next phase of my life, I realize that I not only learned a tremendous amount about the sport, but also many valuable life lessons,” states Rogness. “I have been fortunate to have had both Karen Melby and Russ Salter as head coaches. I am thankful to both of them for their hard work and dedication to the WCFSC.”
With no head coach, the end of the 2009 season left the WCFSC with an uncertain future. But thanks to retired skating coach, Russ Salter, the show went on and this year’s skating show is sure to be one of the best yet.
Skaters will be dressed for the part, from pajamas to elegance. Showcasing their talents from beginners to advanced skaters, each group will be a joy to watch.
“This year’s costumes are a lot of fun,” comments Pam Ramage. “We have Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers, a pajama party and a couple of cow girls. It’s going to be a fun show.”
The Ice Show is sure to be a fun and memorable time for everyone, especially for Rogness.
“Skating taught me what it means to be dedicated and to believe in myself enough to never quit,” adds Rogness. “I will truly miss skating and my fellow skaters.”
The club will present two shows at the McKenzie County Multi-Purpose Building, Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 per person or $20 per family. Those children five and under are free.