Rockefeller Rink opens Saturday, October 11, at 8:30 a.m. sharp! Not that I'm counting down the seconds for opening day (of course I am!), but it is exciting to know that another season of learning, practicing, making friends, and seeing old friends, is soon upon us. My Rockefeller Rink friends are a special group, and it seems as though time has stood still for more than a decade for all of us. Maybe the cold outdoors is our own oxygen container -- you know, the one Michael Jackson sleeps in to preserve his, um, aura. I personally believe that the outdoor ice and chilly temperatures preserve whatever age we were when we began skating at Rockefeller.
Part of what I look forward to are the end-of-season recitals that the coaches and students put on in the last week that the rink is open. Even though everyone takes lessons at different times on different days, a recital is an opportunity for all the skaters to skate their programs that they've worked so hard on throughout the season and to cheer each other on during the shows. Last season, I had the pleasure of watching eight women put together their group number for the 2008 ice show.
Barbara, Michaela, Marianne, Diane, Tamara, Mary, Joan and Robin all have vastly different backgrounds and occupations, ranging from lawyer, to book editor, to former dancer, to technologist, but they all have this in common: their love of skating and support of each other's skating, as well as a terrific coach, Rikki Samuels. Rikki has been an instructor at Rockefeller for 25 years and counting (and is also a guest columnist for the Advice from a pro segments) and has a very special place in her heart for these ladies.
The group number was to One from A Chorus Line. Don't the opening notes get your feet tapping?