Pack your bags: Talented figure skaters take fans 'All Around The World'Midcoast Recreation Center venue for spring ice show road trip
Rockport — The Midcoast's finest young figure skaters, their talented coaches and even those newest to the sport told fans to pack their bags and then took them "All Around The World" Sunday afternoon, March 23 during the Learn To Skate program's spring ice show at the Midcoast Recreation Center.
The popular show showcased the extraordinary talents of skaters of all ages who performed to music from "all around the world" and represented countries from all corners of the globe.
The program included pieces from the youngest "Snowplow Sam" skaters to student soloists, as well as performances by several of the accomplished coaches of the program, many of whom have competed and earned medals at a national level.
The event included many group performances and several soloists, including Brooke Hammond, Olivia Hupper, Willow Grinnell, Juliana Haynes, Brynn Kooyenga, Elena Laustsen, Lily McVetty, Jenna Taylor and Lexi Tinch, as well as performance by coach McKenzie Abendroth. There also were couples skates with Molly Spindler Smith and Adam Smith.
The program included two acts.
All Around The World — Opening number: All soloists.
U.S.A. — Basic 1-2.
U.S.A - Hawaii — Willow Grinnell, "Opae E" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.
England — Basic 5-8.
Ireland — Lexi Tinch, soundtrack of "The Secreat of Roan Inish."
Austria — Jenna Taylor, "Vienna" by Billy Joel.
Spain — Brynn Kooyenga, "Entr'acte, Act III [Intermezo]" from Carmen.
Argentina — Molly Spindler Smith and Adam Smith.
Russia — Elena Laustsen, "Masquerade Waltz" by Katchurian.
France — Graduating seniors Olivia Hupper and Brooke Hammond, along with program director McKenzie Abendroth, "Les Miserables."
Africa — Snowplow Sam 1-3.
Saudi Arabia — Theatre on Ice.
Egypt — Basic 3-4.
Vietnam — Juliana Haynes, "Overture/the Heat is on in Saigon, Sun and Moon, the Last Night of the World" from Miss Saigon.
India — Olivia Hupper, soundtrack of "Devdas."
Carribean — Intro to freestyle, featuring Adam Smith.
Mexico — Brooke Hammond, "Livin' la Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin.
U.S.A — Lily McVetty, "Coming to Ameria" by Neil Diamond.
Austria — Molly Spindler Smith and Adam Smith.
Finale — We Are The World.
Hammond is a senior at Hampden Academy, a member of the National Honor Society, a cross-country runner and the treasurer of Key Club. She began skating at age 3.
Hupper is a senior at Oceanside High School in Rockland. She started skating 12 years ago. She plays lacrosse, is student body secretary and vice president of the National Honor Society.
Grinnell is a sophomore at Camden Hills Regional High School. She plays field hockey, lacrosse and also enjoys photography, skiing and anything to do with the ocean. Grinnell started skating at age 5.
Haynes is a sophomore at Camden Hills Regional High School. She is a honor student and plays other sports, such as softball. She has skated since age 9.
Kooyenga is a sophomore at Watershed School in Camden. She started skating at age 5.
Laustsen is a junior at Oceanside High School. She enjoys sailing and skiing. Laustsen is a member of the National Honor Society and has skated since age 3.
McVetty is a freshman at Oceanside High School. She plays other sports, including soccer. She has skated since age 6.
Taylor is a freshman at Camden Hills Regional High School. She enjoys field hockey, yoga, hiking and farming. She has skated since age 6.
Tinch is a seventh-grader at Camden-Rockport Middle School. She plays field hockey. Tinch began skating at age 5.
Abendroth began skating at age 7 in Idaho. When she was 9 she moved to Delaware to skate with Priscilla Hill. Abendroth is a multi-time nationals competitor and the 1997 National Silver Medalist in figures. She is the skating director at MRC and emergency room physician at Pen Bay Medical Center.
Molly Spindler Smith and Adam Smith began skating in 1992 following the Olympics. Molly trained at the Portland Ice Arena in freestyle and ice dance. She is a professional photographer. Adam trained in Hackensack, N.J. in freestyle and ice dance. In 2002-2004, he skated with Disney on Ice. He works in Rockport at Artisan Boatworks.
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