Some Notes from Colonial FSC’s 2015 Show

On Sunday, I took my 5-year-old, very active twin girls to their first ice show! It was Colonial Figure Skating Club’s 2015 club show: “Ice Crystals: Spiraling Through Time.” I can’t do a real review of the show, because truthfully, I only had one eye on it most of the time. (My other eye was on the twins.) But I’ll just give a few brief notes/impressions from the show.

Colonial FSC is one of the better-known clubs in the Northeast. They will be hosting 2016 New England Regionals at their three-rink facility. This year’s annual Ice Crystals show was directed by 1980 Olympian Sheryl Franks, who coaches at the club.

The show was well produced, running smoothly from one number to the next. One of the highlights was a fun group number to “Grease,” which featured probably 50 club members performing to different cuts of the music. There was also a fun & funky disco group number.

Many club members performed solo programs. The first performer in Sunday’s show was Juvenile lady Sophia Tsintsadze. Sophia is so tiny, but she already has some impressive skills, including a great Russian split jump! Not only that, but she skated fearlessly and really sparkled in her program, not looking nervous at all in front of the crowd. Definitely one to watch. Another standout Juvenile lady was Sydney Cooke. She had nice energy and skating skills in her program.

Iris Zhao in the 2013-14 season
Iris Zhao in the 2013-14 season

Iris Zhao, the 2014 Juvenile ladies U.S. champion, also performed. Iris appears to have had a growth spurt since her 2014 win and is looking quite grown-up. She skated a very nice number to “You Must Love Me” from Evita. I didn’t notice her landing any jumps in the performance, but I was impressed by her graceful flow and her lovely positions in spins/transitions. She has a very nice look on the ice. Her costume was also beautiful—a simple gossamer white dress with long flowing sleeves.

Kassie Carpentier at 2015 U.S. Nationals
Kassie Carpentier at 2015 U.S. Nationals

Next to skate was Kassandra Carpentier, the reigning 2015 Intermediate ladies U.S. champion. Kassie put out a nice performance that included a triple Salchow and double Axel. She will move up to Novice level for this coming season.

Samantha Cesario at Skate America last fall (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)
Samantha Cesario at Skate America last fall (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)

Samantha Cesario was the special guest skater at the show. She did a fun number to Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” Samantha skated with good energy, showing her trademark interesting transitional moves and attention to detail. Included was a spread-eagle sequence and a triple flip (two-footed). Often criticized for a lack of speed, I thought Samantha’s speed on the ice looked good in this performance. Although not at the level of Courtney Hicks (whom I saw last week), Samantha certainly didn’t look slow at all and was most enjoyable to watch. My only complaint is I would have liked to see a second number from Samantha.

Overall, Ice Crystals was a fun and well-done club show. (My 5-year-olds enjoyed it, too!)


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