Figure skating club takes to the ice in Wilkes-Barre


By Melanie Mizenko - mmizenko@timesleader.com



Gabriella White, 7, of Drums, left, and Lily Pecsi, 6, of Clarks Summit, practice their routines in between sets during the Spring Skating Spectacular at the Toyota Sportsplex on Sunday.


Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Addyson Cardillo, 3, of Larksville, rests on her father Adam’s shoulder while her sister performs with the Diamond City Figure Skating Club.


Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Haley Keiser, 8, of Mountain Top, performs her figure skating routine during the Spring Skate Spectacular at the Toyota Sportsplex in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.


Sean McKeag | Times Leader

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To learn more about the Diamond City Figure Skating Club, visit their website at www.diamondcityfigureskatingclub.org.

WILKES-BARRE — The weather was warm and rainy outside, but inside the Toyota SportsComplex, it was cold and winter-like. Boys and girls of all ages twisted and twirled on the ice as the Diamond City Figure Skating Club held their annual Spring Spectacular Skating Show Sunday afternoon in front of an audience of about 100 people.

Faye Pawlowski, of West Nanticoke, was there with her husband, Leonard, supporting their granddaughter, Haley Keiser, 8. They stood near the glass of the rink to get a view as Keiser was skating.

Pawlowski said Keiser “loves” to skate and “practices hard.”

“She shows me different dance moves,” Pawlowski said after Keiser’s routine.

Keiser was dressed as Tinkerbell, from Peter Pan, for her set on the ice.

Lily Pecsi, 6, of Clarks Summit, and Kassadi Totten, 7, of Wilkes-Barre, practiced their moves during a break in their routines.

Pecsi said her routine, which she performed as a bumble bee, took her four months to learn.

“It’s fun to skate,” Pecsi said.

Seven-year-old Totten, who has been skating for three years, enjoys the “jumps and spins” on the ice.

“(I like) listening to music while on the ice,” Totten said.

Neither Pecsi nor Totten are shy when admitting they have fallen more than once.

Victoria White, 8, of Drums, enjoys the jumps, including the one she has a hard time with: the salchow jump.

“You put your one foot on the back edge of the other,” White explained.

White and Totten were called off to do their favorite part of skating, “the group numbers.”

The afternoon ended when a group of around 20 skaters took to the ice for a final performance, dancing to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”

Gabriella White, 7, of Drums, left, and Lily Pecsi, 6, of Clarks Summit, practice their routines in between sets during the Spring Skating Spectacular at the Toyota Sportsplex on Sunday.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TTL052316figureskating1.jpgGabriella White, 7, of Drums, left, and Lily Pecsi, 6, of Clarks Summit, practice their routines in between sets during the Spring Skating Spectacular at the Toyota Sportsplex on Sunday. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Addyson Cardillo, 3, of Larksville, rests on her father Adam’s shoulder while her sister performs with the Diamond City Figure Skating Club.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TTL052316figureskating3.jpgAddyson Cardillo, 3, of Larksville, rests on her father Adam’s shoulder while her sister performs with the Diamond City Figure Skating Club. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Haley Keiser, 8, of Mountain Top, performs her figure skating routine during the Spring Skate Spectacular at the Toyota Sportsplex in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TTL052316figureskating2.jpgHaley Keiser, 8, of Mountain Top, performs her figure skating routine during the Spring Skate Spectacular at the Toyota Sportsplex in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

By Melanie Mizenko

mmizenko@timesleader.com

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To learn more about the Diamond City Figure Skating Club, visit their website at www.diamondcityfigureskatingclub.org.

Reach Melanie Mizenko at 570-991-6116 or on Twitter @TL_MMizenko.

Reach Melanie Mizenko at 570-991-6116 or on Twitter @TL_MMizenko.

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