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Novice Harmony T eatre Company (Ice House

Skating Academy) performed to music from the soundtrack toT e Lion King to win the gold medal for the sixth consecutive year. T ey focused their routine on the dark

side of the Disney classic, pretending to be the characters of Scar and the hyenas. “T ey really owned that,” coach Michelle

Hunt said. “All year long we talked about being crazy dogs, and it was a lot of fun. T ere are a lot of young kids on the team who got some great experience.” Encore of Boston (SC of Boston) claimed

the free performance and fi nished second overall, skating to an imaginative story of “T e Great Escape,” in which a group of orphans go on fantastical adventures in their dreams. Ocean State Ice T eatre (Pawtucket &

Providence FSC) repeated as bronze med- alists, using a Middle East theme and the music from Aladdin to tell a story of a new world of love and acceptance. Eighth after the choreographic exercise, San Francisco Ice T eatre (SC of San Francisco) pulled up to fourth, performing a masquerade ball free performance that took home the award for Best Costumes.


Intermediate Robert Crown Ice Productions (Robert

Crown Basic Skills) performed a Halloween rou- tine en route to the gold medal. Strong skating skills and an engaging performance propelled the team from Evanston, Illinois, to fi rst place in both the choreographic exercise and free perfor- mance. It was the team’s fi rst time competing in the intermediate division. T e team used music from the soundtrack

to the T e Blair Witch Project and from the group Evanescence. T ere was a popular “combat step” in the middle of the program, as members battled each other. It was the fi rst element that they learned of the routine. T ere were voice-overs in the music and acting. “We didn’t have a lot of acting last year, so

we wanted to push them,” coach Noelle Wright said.

Helping to make the team successful were

three line captains (Camille Diekhans, Caitlin Glascott and Grace Newcomb), who assisted other members of the team with the choreogra- phy and elements outside of regular practices. “We had very dedicated kids on this team,”

Wright said. James River Ice T eatre (Central Virginia SC) used its wizardry performance to “T e Sorcerer’s Apprentice” to fi nish in second place.

SPACE COAST - PRELIMINARY Skating a Día de los Muertos (Day of

the Dead)-themed program, Broadway Blades (Colonial FSC) captured the bronze medal in a performance that was highlighted by their cos- tumes and makeup. Virginia Ice Box Ensemble (Richmond FSC) fi nished fourth, skating to a spooky circus program.


Space Coast Hurricanes (Space Coast Ice plex FSC) found the treasure at the end of the rainbow, securing gold medals for their lepre- chaun program. T eir energetic performance and cohesion solidifi ed their place atop the podium, placing fi rst in both the choreographic exercise and free performance. Coach Katie Nyman McGovern welcomed

10 new skaters to the team this season and chose a fun theme. “One of moms had the idea of putting all

the girls in diff erent styles of beards,” Nyman McGovern said. “Each girl was custom made a beard, which was attached with spirit gum. Some of the girls were not sure about this at fi rst, but eventually got into the transformation, and it really made the number fun.” Team members, she said, loved the Irish accent in the lyrics of the music. “We practiced singing it off ice to get into

character,” the coach said.


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