Performing has always been my favourite thing about skating, and it hasn’t changed since. Lucky for me, I was asked to join the Milo Recital on the 7th of June. This recital showcased all the skaters involved in this summer’s milo sports clinic. I actually enrolled in classes in the same programme back in 2007, when my skating career had just begun. Back then, we didn’t have any recitals, so it was all very new to me. Also, skaters from advanced levels were asked to perform too. They all had different types of songs to skate to, which was simply hard to take your eyes off.
It’s quite tricky to explain the levels of ISI (International Skating Institute) figure skating, but I’ll try my best, so here it goes! It starts off with the basic levels: pre-alpha, alpha, beta, gamma and delta. This is where you learn how to do basic steps such as gliding, picking up speed and learning the different ways of stopping. In the milo recital, there were a lot of participants joining the 5 basic levels, and they executed their moves beautifully 🙂 I’ve noticed that this summer, so many people have signed up to skate at all three malls.
Moving on after the basic levels, are the more advanced ones from freestyle 1-10. Here, skaters learn many types of jumps, spins, and step sequences which gets more difficult the higher the level. There were quite a few freestyle skaters invited to perform from freestyle 1 to 9. I enjoyed watching each and everyone of them because the songs and choreography were all so different from each other. By the way from freestyle 5 to 9 are all good friends of mine 🙂Freestyle 5- Misha Fabian
Freestyle 6- Jillian Ching
Freestyle 7- Gaby Panlilio
Freestyle 8- Sabine Katigbak
Freestyle 9- Jules Alpe
The opening number was a Frozen medley consisting of many skaters. There were props such as blue cloth as the sea, a door and Olaf! The performance even had Anna’s and Elsa’s with varied ages. It was a fun production that kick-started the recital very well.
When everyone was finished, it was my turn to step onto the ice. At first, it was pretty nerve-racking, but as the music started, I just kept on going and had a smile on my face the entire time. Thats the best thing about ice skating performances- the actual event itself. To the skaters out there, don’t you just feel great when the ice is all to yourself? Oh by the way, I skated to the Milo jingle! Its been a long time since I’ve danced to a happy and lively song, and it was great fun.
The finale was a group number by all of the freestyle skaters. We skated to the Milo 50 years song and ended it there. And that was it! Although the whole thing was two hours it seemed like only thirty minutes. All the milo participants were then awarded a medal by me. It felt different but wonderful to be standing beside the podium and placing medals on the necks of aspiring skaters. All of them stood proudly with big smiles on their faces.
Thank you to SM ice skating rink management for letting me perform in this years Milo recital! It was a totally new and incredible experience that I will always remember. The Milo summer sports clinic is a great start to one’s skating career. In fact, our Olympic ice skater, Michael Martinez joined the clinic in 2004. Who knows? There might be another potential Olympian within the milo participants. So, who’s up for the Milo summer sports clinic next year? Im sure that they will come back bigger and better 🙂
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