Penn State’s ‘Frozen Moments’ Ice Show Sunday

Courtesy photo Jessica Pfund and Joshua Santillan are shown in a death spiral. The pair will be performing at the show Sunday. They placed fifth at the 2017 U.S. National Championships and have represented the U.S. at international competitions.

By Susan Field

For The Mirror

The sound of the blade gliding on ice. The wind in her face as she spins. Jumping high in the air and landing with grace. For Jessica McCormick, the joys of skating have never grown old.

McCormick, co-director of this weekend’s 36th annual Penn State Spring Ice Show, “Life’s Frozen Moments,” has been skating for more than 30 years. McCormick hopes her love of skating will shine through in her fourth year directing.

“It is really special to take something you love and pass it on to others. Each year, the show is a new opportunity to empower coaches and skaters alike to shine and find new ways to share their accomplishments,” said McCormick, who is also the director of the figure skating program at Penn State. “This event is a great family-friendly show with a good mix of artistry, athleticism, and a celebration of music.”

“Life’s Frozen Moments” portrays different phases of life in routines featuring members of the Penn State Figure Skating Club, the Nittany Valley Figure Skating Club, and the Penn State Learn to Skate group lesson program.

“Our younger, newer skaters offer a lot of light and excitement to the ice. You can see that they are starting to understand and share the love of skating. The older, more advanced skaters will impress audiences with their hard-practiced tricks,” said Lily Ngo, a senior at Penn State who is the show’s co-director and vice-president of the Penn State Figure Skating Club.

Ngo has been skating for 16 years. After high school she toured with Disney on Ice portraying the role of Lilo from the movie “Lilo and Stitch.”

Special guest performers are pair skaters Jessica Pfund and Joshua Santillan, whose high-flying lifts and throws will give audiences an inside view of world-class figure skating. Pfund and Santillan placed fifth at the 2017 U.S. National Championships and have represented the U.S. at international competitions. Pfund and Santillan train at a prestigious pairs skating school at the South-west Florida Figure Skating Club in Ellenton, Florida, under two-time Olympian, Lyndon Johnston.

Ngo and McCormick hope this year’s show is one that audiences won’t soon forget.

“People will not want to miss seeing our skaters defy gravity with their jumps, fast spins, and innovative choreography. The guest skaters will make this show very memorable. It’s breathtaking when skaters get thrown high in the air,” said McCormick. “Plus, you can combine attending the show and enjoying ice cream at the Penn State Creamery close by.”

If you go

What: Penn State’s 36th Annual Spring Ice Show, “Life’s Frozen Moments”

When: 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Pegula Ice Arena, 250 North University Drive, University Park, 16802

Tickets: General Admission tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at Pegula Ice Arena’s Gate C, or at the door the day of the show. Children ages 3 and younger are free.

Featured performers: Pair skaters Jessica Pfund and Joshua Santillan, fifth place at the 2017 U.S. National Championships.

For more information: visit https://www.facebook.com/pegulaicearena/

Family tip: Penn State Berkey Creamery is a two-minute drive away and a seven-minute walk away from the ice rink. For GPS: use “Curtin Road.” Parking is available in the East Deck Parking Garage on Bigler Road. The Creamery is open until 10 p.m.

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