Locals perform in Ice Follies

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Johanna Storey, Laney Newton and Helen Liu take part in the tribute

By Special to the Monitor

Three of the “Poodles” in the Ice Follies Extravaganza, at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe are from Los Alamos.
Johanna Story is a fifth grader at Mountain Elementary.  Laney Newton, 8, is in third grade at Aspen School and Helen Liu attends sixth grade at Canyonsito Montessori  School.
Two performances will be at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Santa Fe Skating Club’s annual holiday show is a tribute to the Ice Follies of yesteryear featuring all the glitz, precision and daring that the Ice Follies came to represent over the years.  Artistic Director/Choreographer, Rhonda Workman and Show Chair Denise Cox put together this show that spans a little over an hour.
Acts will highlight the 70s, the 40s, “Mr. Debonair “and his bevy of beauties, the Follies’ Candyland and Ice Follies a la Latin America. The cast of more than 40 skaters come from various groups including the Santa Fe Skating Club, Desert Ice Figure Skating Club, the GCCC Learn To Skate
Guest stars, the national and International pair team of Mandy Garza and Brandon Frazier will perform two numbers full of overhead lifts, throws and death spirals.
Garza, an eighth grader, and Frazier, a high school senior, train in Colorado Springs under the guidance of head coach, Dalilah Sappenfield.
Last month, the team won the Pacific Coast Junior Pair title and they will compete in January at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
A special performance by Mambo Fe Dancers, the only home-based dance company in New Mexico, will add spice to the Follies a la Latin America.  
Regionally acclaimed intermediate ladies, Ayaha Chen and Tawney Wiltsie and novice lady Ashley Callaway, will show off local New Mexico talent.
Los Alamos’ “Poodles,” Story, Newton and Liu will sell tickets for $10, adults and $6 , kids 5 to 12 years old. Children younger than five will be admitted for free.
Tickets are also available at the Chavez Center or by calling 505-955-4000.