Skate Odyssey 2002 |

Skate Odyssey 2002

Wren Wertin
Members of The Skating Club of Vail practice their program Thursday. The skaters are practicing for Skate Odyssey 2002 to be performed Sunday and Monday at the Dobson Arena in Vail.

Skate Club Vail presents their annual holiday show, “Space Odyssey 2002,” Sunday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 6 p.m. at Dobson Ice Arena.

The group is comprised of kids and adults from Eagle County, Summit County and Glenwood Springs. Celebrating its 25th anniversary as an organization, Director Dawn Ristrow wanted a show to beat all shows. Brainstorming with others, they decided on a space show, replete with costumes and special effects.

“It’s an intergalactic ice show, all about aliens and space,” said Diana Honey Kiss, whose daughter is in several numbers. “The costumes are out of this world, the routines are terrific.”

Ristow says the show is reminiscent of the Ice Capades, but is even more family oriented.

“Our youngest skater is 3 or 4,” she said. “Our oldest is in her 30s. So it’s truly all ages.”

She says the show opens with a bang, as kids frenetically skate to Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation.”

“The older kids in the show will start coming out of the audience,” she explained. “We had to have lots of dance lessons to learn how to dance like Janet Jackson, and then to do it on the ice. So it was quite involved.”

“Space Jam” is another of her favorites, as all 30 kids skate together – always a challenge. They’ll be fully costumed, with large alien heads (some have more than one).

In addition to the holiday show, Skate Club Vail hosts family skate nights once a month. The concept evolved from Ristrow’s wedding last September, wherein she had the skaters perform for all her out-of-town guests. They had a big party afterwards, which really became a community affair. Tonight marks another event, Teen Night, for kids 13 an up.

The show runs about 90 minutes. The cast has been rehearsing since Dec. 18, including 14-hour days. They’re ready and raring to go. Tickets can be bought early by calling the Dobson Ice Arena at 479-2271, or at the door on the day of show. They are $5 for kids ages 3-12, $10 for adults and $25 for a family of four (two kids/two adults). On the day of the show, the prices go up to $7 for kids, $12 for adults and $35 for a family of four.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.

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