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Prince Rupert skaters go dancing among the stars

Mickaela Ward performs Breathe Me during the Prince Rupert Figure Skating Club’s year-end gala on Saturday night.  - Kevin Campbell photo
Mickaela Ward performs Breathe Me during the Prince Rupert Figure Skating Club’s year-end gala on Saturday night.
— image credit: Kevin Campbell photo

The clouds and mist were blocking the starlight on Saturday night in Prince Rupert, but there were plenty of stars at the Prince Rupert Skating Club's year-end gala at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

As the club took to the ice for their season wrap-up performance, with many of members publicly skating solo for the first time ever, the lights were dimmed and the spotlights blared with the club's theme, "As we Dance Among the Stars", prevalent in the rafters.

"There's no technical base here," said head coach Sheri Pringle.

"We're just really focused on getting the performance out."

Skaters ranging in age from three to 16 put on a show under the dark beams of the arena, with full costume and makeup.

The two-hour show saw an ecletic mix of performance style and music genre which ranged from classical to jazz to country music.

"We just bounce around ideas and come up with what we think would be best (for a theme) and sometimes it's just getting music to fit those ideas, so this way we can do different genres of music and really have fun with it," said Pringle.

"You want to come up with ideas where the kids will like it too. The kids don't want to just skate to all old music."

Underneath the aluminum and glittering hanging stars, the students began the show.

Mickaela Ward commenced the gala with a slow and enthused rendition of Sia's Breathe Me complete with a stylized tattered dress and wild flowing hair. After that, before the wee ones took the ice, Emily Mair followed Ward with an elegant piece called Jai Ho in a pink dress reminiscent of Tessa Virtue's outfits from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Then came the kids. Decked out in cow rancher and cow garb, the CanSkate Group 1 performed Achy Breaky Heart with nary a stumble.

Amy McNabb then put her own skating spin on Beyoncé's Single Ladies music video, her 2008 smash hit single, with the infamous hand swing gesture, displaying the (lack of) ring.

Emily Hartling completed a moving rendition of Taylor Swift's Safe and Sound, dressed in heavyhearted black. The song's origin coming from the 2012 film The Hunger Games.

Capping off the Beyoncé and Swift performances was Becca Philips in a fluid and solid skate to England's indie electronica queen, Ellie Goulding. Her song, Explosion, quickly found the crowd's applause.

After the intermission, Jessica Slocombe skated an inspired classical solo and Brianna Hagen rocked out to Black Betty in reflective shorts

McNabb and Ward teamed up to skate a duet with country artist Luke Bryan's Country Girl and Cassandra Groves skated to an instrumental version of Katy Perry's Firework. Emily Horne led a spirited group skate to Show Me How You Burlesque in old-fashioned getup appropriate for the song's name.

"We've got a couple where it's their first time doing a solo so that's definitely a nerve-wracking experience," said Pringle before the show.

"But other than that the kids are pumped. They're ready to do it."

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