Get Up and Dance figure skating show to create inclusion on the ice

Winner of a 2019 Love Your Community $500 mini-grant provided by the John and Mary Schumann Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club presents Get Up and Dance - a Figure Skating Show to Bring People Together on April 13. The grant contest challenged organizations to target areas not traditionally diverse, create proximity, try new things and bring people together. The Boys and Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore members will skate alongside the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club at L.C. Walker in the first effort to help involved underserved youth in skating.

Watch local skaters ages 5-17 perform to dance music such as Conga (Miami Sound Machine), September (Earth Wind & Fire), Dancing Queen (ABBA) You Can't Stop the Beat (Ariana Grande), Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars), the Cha Cha Slide (DJ Casper) and more! The Muskegon Lakeshore Junior Figure Skating Club will also debut their first program. Special Guest skaters include JoJo Billings, Grace VanZanten and members of the Boys and Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore.

The skaters are from Muskegon, North Muskegon, Whitehall, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Norton Shores, Fremont and Twin Lake. The coaches for the club are Skating Director Joshua Smith, Andrea Gardner, Suzanne Lararowitz, Trina Stojak, Anna Heger, Phoebe Whitbeck and ballet coach Olivia Ravell.

A suggested donation of $5 helps cover show production costs and put money back into the community, but people may come regardless of ability to pay. Projects we hope to contribute to are buying new figure skates for our Learn to Skate at L.C. Walker program and raising scholarships for minority youth to take Learn to Skate at L.C. Walker classes. $1500 in proceeds from the group’s last show were used to purchase high quality rental figure skates for our Learn to Skate at L.C. Walker program.

The show is from 3:00-4:00 on Saturday, April 13 at L.C.Walker Arena. Entry is by donation and is fun for the entire family. Muskegon radio personality Andy O'Riley of the MuskegonChannel and Positively Muskegon will emcee the event.

For more about the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club, visit or email for Learn to Skate lesson information.

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