New Ulm Figure Skating Club presents: Rockin’ Rodeo

Photos by Steve


Story by Fritz Busch

Seventy New Ulm Figure Skating Club skaters will perform ‘Rockin’ Rodeo,’ a 34-song production involving a rodeo and the opposing forces of country cowboys and rock ‘n’ roll music enthusiasts.

Skating will take place to tunes like Orange Blossom Special, These Boots Were Made For Walking, Boot Scootin’ Boogie, Crazy Train, Brown Eyed Girl, Jolene, Footloose, Fishin’ In The Dark, Sweet Home Alabama, Livin’ On A Prayer, Time of My Life, Ring of Fire, Walk This Way, God Bless The USA, Jackson, We Built This City on Rock and Roll, She’s Country, and Glad You Came, among others.

Written by Beth Enter, the production with 34 country and rock ‘n’ roll songs, lasts less than two hours. It includes guest skating performances from White Bear Lake residents Daniel Kulenkamp, who placed fifth in the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships; and Sabrina Logren, Principal Skater for a season with Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines.

Some of the more experienced New Ulm Skating Club skaters – Chalina Whitney of Madelia, Emily Curtis of Sleepy Eye, and Gabriella De La Cruz of New Ulm talked about their skating experiences and the dedication it requires.

“I enjoy bonding with skaters,” said Whitney, who has been with the club for six years.

“It’s fun meeting and training with a different group of kids here,” said Curtis who has been with skating with the club for 14 years. “We began training for the show up for about six hours a week, two months in advance.”

“I love performing in front of people, especially doing Snow White and Cinderella in recent years,” De La Cruz said.

The girls expressed interest in future skating endeavors such as teaching skating to younger kids during their college years.

“We’ve got a very nice group of girls that get along very well and support each other,” said New Ulm Skating Figure Skating Club Coach Kathy Bjorkstrand. “These shows require lots of discipline and hard work.”

She said skating club shows have different themes each year and shows get better and better each year. A lot of people can skate well by themselves. But performing well individually and in groups in front of people is much more difficult.”

Jenny Gieseke, who co-directs the show with Chrissy Frank, said she and Frank created and music list and gave it to Enter who wrote the script.

“It’s really great having somebody as creative as she (Enter) is,” Gieseke said.

Advance tickets available at Hy-Vee and Cash Wise, are $9 for adults and $10 at the door. Tickets for students ages 3 to 17 are $5. Kids under age three are free.

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