By David F. Pendrys
NEW HAVEN, CT – The Yale Collegiate Figure Skating Club took to the ice following the Yale Men’s Hockey game Saturday night at Ingalls Rink for an Ice Show. The club, founded in 1999, gives undergraduates and graduate students at Yale an opportunity to skate, regardless of skill level, showed off their various talents, ranging from group numbers to solo exhibitions.
One of the performances gave the team’s newest members a chance to perform and includes a version of the Thriller dance on ice.
Many of the soloists clearly had a long background in the sport and executed some of the elements one might see as part of the routines in the Olympics. No quad leaps naturally, but quite a display of skill all the same.
There was a various flare for the dramatic from the skaters, as one performed to Rihanna’s “Umbrella” with one in hand, leading several in the crowd to raise their own umbrellas (on hand due to the rainy night) and say. Another routine featured a skater clad in a Pikachu costume as not unexpectedly, the “Pokemon” theme accompanied her.
The show closed with a group number that brought all the members of the club out onto the ice at once as a nineties remix played including Haddaway’s “What is Love” which the many pep band members in the audience approved of mightily.