Pelham Skating School gears up for holiday performance

Skaters perform in last year's Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena holiday ice show. This year's production will take place Dec. 12-14. (Contributed)

Skaters perform in last year’s Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena holiday ice show. This year’s production will take place Dec. 12-14. (Contributed)

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

PELHAM—Mark your calendar for the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena holiday ice show, Christmas Traditions: Holiday wishes and Dreams Brought to Life on Ice, on Dec. 12-14.

The show includes performances from more than 80 Pelham Skating School students to classic Christmas tunes such as “Let it Snow,” “Joy to the World” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

The performances will feature solos and duets showcasing the skills of the Pelham Skating School’s “local talent,” Pelham Figure Skate School Director Craig Henderson explained.

“We’re trying to get everyone to have a little something special,” Henderson said.

The holiday ice show will also include appearances by Santa Clause and the Grinch, and a special guest performance from 2012 U.S. Junior silver medalist and 2016 Olympic hopeful Tim Dolensky.

“We have an incredible young man coming,” Henderson said of 22-year-old senior level skater, Dolensky. “He’s local, he was actually born and raised here.”

Although he now trains in Atlanta, Dolensky began his skating career in Pelham skating at the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena.

“I have fond memories of my first years skating and none of them would be complete without thinking of the Pelham rink,” Dolenski wrote in a news release. “I still remember my first basic skills classes and my first class… I am very honored and excited to return and participate in the holiday show at the (Pelham Civic Complex) and Ice Arena.”

Henderson said attendants can expect to see an exciting performance from Dolenski featuring challenging tricks such as “triple axels and quads.”

The performance is open to the entire community and Henderson encourages everyone to attend.

“I’m so excited,” Henderson said. “We want the whole world to come.”

Performances will be held on the ice in the main arena at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 and 1 p.m. on Dec. 14. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children and can be reserved by calling 620-6448 or purchased at the door.