Diamond Edge Skating Club to present weekend shows in Willmar
WILLMAR -- The Diamond Edge figure skaters present "The Places We'll Go" at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Willmar Civic Center.
Diamond Edge figure skaters come from a 40-mile radius around Willmar. Skaters range in age from 3 through teenage, and in skill level from beginners through professional.
Tickets are available at Cash Wise Foods or Cub Foods in Willmar, or from any Diamond Edge skating family. Adult tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door; tickets for children ages 4-18 are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.
This year's featured professional skater is Dan Hollander from the Detroit area of Michigan. He has been a feature skater touring with Champions on Ice and he won the 2000 American Open Professional Championship.
His "exuberant comedy skating routines are matched by few and loved by all." Hollander also coaches and choreographs for a wide variety of skaters. As a special feature, the dads of Diamond Edge skaters will try to match Hollander's skating routine with their own.
Madison and Keiffer Hubbell
Joining Hollander as guest skaters will be Madison and Keiffer Hubbell, who took fourth at the 2011 National Ice Dancing competition.
They are sibling ice dancers who also train in Detroit, under coaches Pasquale Camerlengo and Anjelika Krylova. In seven years, they have established themselves as strong competitors, winning three U.S. National Championship titles: junior in 2008, intermediate in 2004 and juvenile in 2003. They also took silver in 2006 as novices and in 2007 as juniors. In 2008, they won the junior title and followed it up with a pewter medal at the senior level in 2009.
As the 2006 Junior Grand Prix Final Championships, they were part of a U.S. gold medal sweep. The Hubbells are the only dance team to win this prestigious title as rookies. In their first season as senior international competitors, they won the bronze medal at the 2010 Four Continents Championships.
Olivia Oltmanns and Joshua Santillan
The pairs team of Olivia Oltmanns and Joshua Santillan also return as guest skaters. They train at the Dakota Ice Center in the Twin Cities and are coached by Oltmanns' mother, Trudy Oltmanns.
In 2011, they competed in the Junior level where they placed third in the Midwestern Sectional and 11th in the U.S. Championships.
Oltmanns, 13, started skating when she was 2. She previously skated with Tyler Broderick, with whom she won the 2008 U.S. juvenile and the 2009 U.S. intermediate titles.
Santillan, 19, started skating when he was 4 after watching Scott Hamilton on TV. After a successful tryout, he moved from California to Minneapolis to skate with Oltmanns.
This year they are skating to "My Heart Will Go On" by James Horner from the Titanic soundtrack for their short program and their free skate music is "Capone" by Ronan Hardiman from Michael Flatley's "Celtic Tiger."