Happy Holidays Ice Show With Nittany Valley Figure Skating

Story posted December 10, 2021 in CommRadio, News by Abigail Chachoute

On Saturday, The Nittany Valley Figure Skating Club held its annual holiday ice show at the Pegula Ice Arena.

This performance welcomed skaters and their audience back to the rink since the event was shut down due to the pandemic.

This holiday spectacle featured skaters from the State College area who performed to their favorite Christmas classics. The excitement of being back on the ice for this holiday show could be seen in each performance.

Ariel McCoy, a member of the Penn State figure skating team, performed a piece she choreographed to the song “Blue Skies.” McCoy said that being back on the ice was very meaningful to her.

“What it means to me is just being able to perform after not being able to for over a year. Being able to go back on the ice even if it’s a couple of minutes to show a program off is very meaningful to me,” McCoy said.

This show was dedicated to one of the founding members of the Nittany Valley Figure Skate club, Shirley Allan, who recently passed away. Allan was known for her many roles within the community and the passion she had for her skaters. Before the intermission, there was a moment of silence in memory of Allan

Organizers of the event were thrilled to see skaters performing on the ice again. John Kalbach, the club vice president, said that he was excited to see the skaters' facial expressions again. “Skating is about more than just the jumps and the spins. It’s about the whole expression: your arm placement, your face, your eyes. It’s not only just skating,” Kallbach said.

This week the figure skating team will be putting on another show on Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. All proceeds from the show will be donated in support of THON.

Abigail Chachoute is a first-year majoring in journalism. To contact her, email axc6070@psu.edu.