MASSENA The Massena Figure Skating Clubs annual ice show returned to the Massena Arena on Sunday as 82 skaters performed routines with a nautical flair.
This years theme was Salchows and Seaweed. Skaters dressed as pirates or mermaids and performed to tunes like A Pirates Life for Me and the Beatles famous Yellow Submarine.
The show is the clubs largest annual event, and the culmination of months of planning and training.
It takes almost a year to plan, said show chairwoman Aimee K. Auger.
The theme for the next years show is chosen in the spring, the music is selected by summer and everyone begins practicing in the fall.
Mrs. Auger performed a routine during the show with her husband Paul Auger, set to Trains song Mermaid.
Skating runs in the Auger family. 15-year-old Zowie L. Auger also performed a solo at the show.
Ive been doing this almost my whole life, she said.
Although she still gets nervous before a big show, she said the performance is a culmination of all her work.
Its just showing everyone what were working on, she said.
All ages participated in the show. The youngest skaters were 3 years old, while other routines were performed by adults.
I think its going to be really good this year, said 11-year-old Jillian C. Chapman, who performed Yo Ho, A Pirates Life For Me.
She has been practicing her moves since the fall.
Once you really get down the moves that you need its not that hard, but it is a lot of memorizing, she said.
Fellow pirate performer Emily R. Allen, 7, said the show is one of the highlights of her year.
Theyre kind of nerve-wracking, but its really fun to look out there and see everyone, she said.
The ice show was among the final events of Massenas monthlong winter carnival.
Participants celebrated the carnivals final weekend with a 5K run, childrens activities and horse-drawn wagon rides.