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Massena Figure Skating Club stages annual ice show Sunday

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MASSENA - “Heroes and Villains” will be taking to the Massena Arena ice on Sunday for the Massena Figure Skating Club’s annual show.

Massena Figure Skating Club President and Ice Show Chair Aimee Auger said the audience can expect to see both heroes, described in the program flyer as “White’s Pure Light,” and villains, described as “Dark As Night,” during the event, which kicks off at 1 p.m.

Some of the 75 skaters, who range in age from 3 and up, will be dressed as “super girls,” she said, while 12 skaters will be dressed as dalmatians and skating to a Cruella de Ville song from Walt Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. Their coach will be dressed as Cruella.

Another group of skaters will be dressed as “everyday heroes,” according to Ms. Auger.

“That’s a group of little ones coached by our oldest. They’re dressed up as little soldiers. They’re skating to Hogan’s Heroes and dedicating their number to those that serve the country,” she said.

Another group, which will be decked out in attire such as lounge dresses, will be skating to “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler.

“It’s kind of a version from Shrek 2,” Ms. Auger said.

Other skaters will be dressed as “everyday heroes,” she said, skating to the tune, “We Can Be Heroes,” a song that was performed at the Junior Eurovision 2012 competition.

“They’ll be dressed like people you see every day” from nurses to police officers to firemen, she said. “They’ll dress up as somebody that helps the community.”

“How Bad Can I Be” from the Lorax will be the song for another group of skaters, while junior skaters will be Greek Muses singing the praises of Hercules.

On the “villain” side, the audience will see witches skating to “I Put a Spell on You,” and the senior skaters will be dressed as cat burglars.

“It’s going to be a good show,” Ms. Auger said, noting it should be done by 3 p.m., in plenty of time for the pre-game Super Bowl festivities.

Most of the skaters have been rehearsing since November, taking a break while school was out for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

“It’s roughly the equivalent of about 10 lessons of rehearsals. In two months they get about 10 lessons. They have enough time to prepare and they are ready to go,” Ms. Auger said. “The kids look forward to it. They start asking when the show is several weeks into practices.”

The junior and senior skaters, on the other hand, are involved in other activities such as private lessons, so “they don’t do it over the course of 10 weeks,” she said. Instead, they do large choreography sessions that include 45 minutes off the ice and 45 minutes on the ice.”

The lone senior skater this year will be Michaela Herne, a 13-year veteran of the club who started skating in kindergarten.

“Your parents put you in it when you’re little,” she said.

She’ll be skating solo to the song, “Butterfly Kisses,” a tune she selected because of her father.

“We’re really close,” Ms. Herne said. “When I was a little kid in the show watching one of the senior skaters, she skated to that song. Everybody just loved it.”

She started solos while in the eighth grade and this will be her fifth during the Massena Figure Skating Clubs’s annual show. She also participates in other competitions.

“I mostly do the ones around Massena,” Ms. Herne said.

Of the 13 Massena Figure Skating Club shows she has participated in, Ms. Herne said Sunday’s will likely be the best.

“I’m the only senior skating. I’m the only one acting to a song that’s not skating to the theme,” she said.

With so many solos under her belt, the senior skater said she’s ready to give an all-out performance on Sunday. And her advice to other less experienced skaters is don’t sweat it.

“I think the most important thing to remember during shows is nobody in the audience knows what you’re supposed to be doing. If you mess up, it doesn’t matter,” she said.

Although this will be her last performance in the Massena Figure Club’s annual show, Ms. Herne said she may stay involved with the group.

“I’ll probably coach next year,” she said.

Tickets for Sunday’s show are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors 62 and up, and $1 for students.

The show is sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating.

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