Going Pro in Sun Valley
By: Nicolette House, a member of ProSkaters with her partner Aidas Reklys since 2006.
Magnetic energy abounded this past week at the indoor rink in Sun Valley, Idaho as more than fifty skaters took to the ice to the participate in the eighth annual ProSkaters seminar. The best turn out by far, the two-hour clinics and live auditions gave skaters an inside peek into what it takes to be in professional ice shows.
ProSkaters is a non-profit organization that hopes to educate interested skaters on the ins-and-outs of show skating as well as help producers and skaters connect, while ultimately growing and improving the quality of shows around the world. Current president, Ashley Clark, organized the events held this Sunday July 24, and Wednesday July 27. The Sunday event boasted a live audition for those that competed in the collegiate championships that were held in Sun Valley this year. Competitors were extremely fortunate to be able to skate in front of the producers for some of the biggest shows around, such as Holiday on Ice, Disney on Ice, and Willy Bietak Productions.
The Wednesday evening seminar also offered skaters a chance to audition live for the producers, but it included so much more. Skaters were able to gleam advice from current and well-known performers who also happen to be staples in the star-studded Sun Valley ice show, held every Saturday night on the outdoor ice rink. Every performer and teacher has something unique to offer and every skill learned at the seminar will benefit the attendees as they venture out into the professional world.
Participants were able to learn ensemble choreography, how to skate in a block formation, improvise while skating with props, and practiced some adagio moves. Pro skaters Craig Heath, Gia Guddat, Elena Leonova and Andrei Khavlko, Kate McSwain, Natalia Zaitseva and Bert Cording, Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, Joel Dear, Kelly Smith and many more were on hand to show upcoming show skaters what they know.
Opportunities to perform for producers and soak up the information these skaters had are rare. Those looking to go into show business were lucky to be a part of this informative seminar. And nowhere better to do it than Sun Valley where creativity and show skating talent shines all year round. To join ProSkaters or to learn more about them go to www.proskaters.org. And go pro!