Fort Smith kicks up blades

Fort Smith kicks up blades
Photo: Renee Francouer.

Jazz, tap, Irish jigging, disco, the Cha Cha - you name it, the Fort Smith arena had it this past weekend as skating club members cut up a rug on the ice at the annual skating carnival.

The Fort Smith Skating Club takes a well deserved breather after dancing on ice all weekend at the 2013 carnival. (Photo: Renée Francoeur)

The Fort Smith Skating Club takes a well deserved breather after dancing on ice all weekend at the 2013 carnival. (Photo: Renée Francoeur)

This year’s theme was “Just Dance” and featured an adorable Mexican Hat Dance by the junior skaters as well as an up-beat, head-bopping dance to the international hit Korean song Gangnam Style by the intermediate group.

Among other performers, Adam Brunner-McLaren grooved robot-style to some classic Michael Jackson and Megan Walsh put a spell on the audience with her graceful dance to “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

An adult group of skaters even broke it down for the cheering crowds with a thumping Footloose performance.

The two-day carnival was a success with the stands nearly packed both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Guest skater Bryce Chuduk made two breath-taking appearances during the carnival. Chuduk, who trains in Edmonton at the Royal Glenora Club, is only 17 and competes at the junior level. With only six days notice he competed in the Skate Canada National Championships in Toronto this January as the original alternate. He finished 16th at Nationals. He hopes to make the senior ranks and beginning coaching in the future.

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