Copper Country Skating Academy presents its spring show

HOUGHTON – For the past year, the girls of the Copper Country Skating Academy have been learning a variety of new moves and in their upcoming spring ice show, “Going for the Gold,” they’ll be showing off what they’ve learned. The theme of the show was inspired by the recent Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Aimee Romps, president of the academy, said there will be more than 70 skaters in the show ranging from little girls to adults.

Romps said people should come out and see the show to give support for the girls that work hard year round perfecting their skills.

“This is the end of the year show where they can show everyone what they learned through the entire year,” Romps said. “They started practicing for the show about a month ago, which showcases everything they’ve learned.”

Madison McConnon has been skating since she was 4 and practices roughly five times a week. McConnon said she enjoys pretty much everything about skating.

“The people and all the different stuff you do, like the spins and the jumps,” McConnon said. But she finds learning new moves and trying new things to be one of the more challenging parts about being a skater.

“With the jumps you fall a lot,” she said.

McConnon will be doing her solo skating to “Roar” by Katy Perry.

Also skating in the event is 18-year-old RyLee Maki, who has been skating for seven years. Maki said she enjoys everything there is about skating.

“I love music, grace, hanging out with my friends, who all skate,” Maki said.

But not being able to land a jump or a certain move can be difficult for Maki.

“When you’re testing for dances and if you don’t pass, it can be pretty frustrating, but you keep doing it,” Maki said

Maki will usually skate from October until March and there’s usually a break in the summer. When she’s training, she’ll skate about three days a week, but Maki also helps teach other younger skaters. And then sometimes she’ll skate at the Dee.

Maki will be skating to “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato.

The show will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased from Skating Academy members or at the door.