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Figure Skating Team Finishes at Exhibition

By Diana Cheng


The MIT Figure Skating Club held its annual exhibition at Johnson Rink on March 20 at 7 p.m. Intercollegiate competitors, staff, alumni, and guest skaters from the Boston area performed in 20 numbers.

The Opening Number music was Zombie Jamboree with the skaters dressed up as zombies. Trish Fleming, who works at the MIT Enterprise Forum and was the exhibition director, choreographed the program so that beginning and advanced skaters could participate.

Rosa Cao G, Dave Wentzlaff G, and John Gonzalez ’04 performed the Canasta Tango for the first time, with partners MIT physical education instructor Alex Landsman, group ice dance instructor Susan Alpert, and Diana Cheng ’04. Bonny Kellermann ’72 and Trish Fleming shadow-skated the Canasta Tango as a solo dance.

Alpert and Landsman partner danced the Fiesta Tango while Delphine Dean G, Cheng, and Kellermann shadow-skated the ice dance. Their arm movements were choreographed by Jessica Huot ’06, a group ice dance instructor.

Barbara Cutler PhD and Derek Bruening G partner danced the Paso Doble, an ice dance they learned this year. Cutler and Bruening also skated solo freestyle performances.

The show also featured performances by intercollegiate competitors Cheng, Dean, Adrienne Hunacek ’07, and Devon Manz G. Hunacek created a new program to music from Moulin Rouge. Manz’s program included several double jumps, a death drop, and a flying sit spin to music from Coldplay.

Cheng and Mickey Barry from Draper Labs skated their pairs program to a medley from Miss Saigon. The team placed third at the 2004 Eastern Adult Sectionals in Adult Pairs.

Bill Rowe, a researcher at MIT, skated his Cider House Rules program which he plans to compete at the Adult Nationals in April. Jane Codman, staff at the MIT Sailing Pavilion, performed her program to Time to Say Goodbye.

Jenny Gung, a Lexington High School junior representing the Hayden Recreation Center, skated a program to Pirates of the Carribean. Gung has competed internationally with Hayden’s Ice Mates synchronized skating team at the Novice level.

Eleven-year-olds Emily Dodson and Kevin Han, both individual competitors representing the Skating Club of Boston at the 2004 New England Regionals at the Juvenile level, pleased the crowd with their solo performances including several double jumps. This was Han’s fourth year skating in front of the MIT audience, and his program was set to the music of James Bond.

Colonial Figure Skating Club pairs skaters Lara and Neil Shelton ended both halves of the exhibition with spectacular show programs. The Sheltons are the current silver medalists for the New England Regionals in Novice Pairs. They have performed at the MIT show for the past four years.

The MIT Figure Skating Club ended a successful season with the end of the exhibition. Johnson Rink will reopen in October 2004.