The Central South Dakota Skating Club will present their Expressions of Emotions event at the Oahe Expo Center in Fort Pierre. The event will start at 7 p.m. CT. Free will donations will be accepted. Non-perishable food can also be donated to help the Pierre Area Referral Services for their food pantry.

There are about 30 skaters in the club. Those who will perform on Saturday range from 2 to 18 years old. Skaters are grouped by levels. There will be solos, duets and group numbers for each level.

Saturday’s event was originally scheduled for spring, but COVID-19 led it to be postponed. Typically, the CSDSC has two shows during the year, with one in the spring and winter. Seniors who graduated from last year’s team will be back to perform with their former teammates.

The skaters have been practicing throughout the summer, with lessons starting around October. This year’s team has two seniors, Dadra Scott and Allison Ondricek. Scott has been skating for eight years, while Ondricek has nine years of experience. Both have different favorite parts of performing. Scott likes to spin, while Ondricek likes to know that she’s done her best.

As is the case with most sports, club members have experienced COVID-19 challenges. Saturday’s performance will give the skaters a chance to show what they’ve got.

“It feels great to be back practicing and performing because it’s a relief from all the school stuff, and all that COVID-19 has brought,” Scott said.

Ondricek echoed her teammate’s sentiments.

“It feels like we’re getting back to some semblance of normalcy,” Ondricek told the Capital Journal. “It feels great to be back at the rink again.”

What can fans expect from the CSDSC on Saturday? According to Scott, they should expect good things.

“I think we’ll do great out there,” Scott said. “We’re going to rock it.”

Ondricek agreed with Scott.

“We’re going to do our best,” Ondricek said. “We’re going to be proud of what we can accomplish.”

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