Streatham goes West End for a weekend

27 November 2014

Written by: Candice Towler Green, Professional Coach, Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre

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The West End Winter Wonderland Christmas show on 13 and 14 December at Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre will feature over 80 local children and adults. From beginner up to elite championship level skating, they’ll be showcasing their skills to a selection of West End show tunes everybody knows and loves.

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Streatham goes West End for a weekend

Learn to Skate programme

Starting with the beginners, we have 54 skaters from our Learn to Skate program here at the ice rink taking part in a routine to the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Classic “Oh What a Night”.  We decided to include the Learn to Skate participants so they could have a bit of fun and show off what they have been learning in their lessons every week.  There is a mixture of children and adults skating, with the youngest participant being five years-old and the oldest 30 years-old.  They’ve been rehearsing every Saturday morning for the last two months.

Our Learn to Skate program is a weekly group course that runs on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon, Thursday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning.  There are 10 levels to work through plus bronze, silver and gold when you get a bit more advanced.

Streatham Ice Dance Club 

The resident Streatham Ice Dance Club is mostly made up of the older generation of skaters. Some have been skating for many years, while others have just begun because they wanted to try something different. The club regularly takes part in recreational ice dance leagues against other rinks. Many of the club members also compete in adult competitions both nationally and internationally throughout the year. The club meets every Thursday evening at 8.15pm and have chosen to showcase their talents to tunes from “Singing in The Rain” with their multi-coloured umbrellas.

Supreme Skaters

The Supreme Skaters is a club made up of competitive skaters ranging from seven to 21 years-old.  All of this club’s members compete on a national level throughout the year. This past season has been one of their most successful, seeing them bring home over 50 medals including a national senior title won by 14 year-old Jessica Marjot.  All of these skaters practice before or after school most days of the week, plus take ballet lessons and conditioning classes at weekends.  To show off their hard work and dedication, they will be opening our show with a fabulous routine to “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast.

Special guests

We have some very special guest skaters from the Great Britain International team joining us on both nights:

  • Harriet Beatson from Sheffield is 14 years-old and last week won her first International Junior Ladies competition in Slovenia and is currently ranked third in Britain.
  • Brothers Graham and Jack Newbury are both international men’s figure skaters who train in Lee Valley.
    Younger brother, Graham, is currently ranked number one in Britain in the junior level.  He recently competed on the international junior grand circuit, placing a very respectable sixth at one of his events with a personal best score.
    Jack is currently ranked fifth in Britain in the senior level and he too has had a very good season so far on the international circuit placing fifth at the Ondrej Nepela Memorial competition in Slovakia in October.
  • Dance couple Charlotte Dyson and Rory Ross Doherty from Sheffield compete in the junior dance category.  They only teamed up seven months ago and are already on the GB international team making a successful international debut in Germany three weeks ago.

All of these skaters will be competing at this weekend’s British Championships (November 28-30) where the national titles and spots for the European, world and junior world teams will be decided.

Other activities

There are a number of other routines in the show featuring a mixture of our brightest up-and-coming skating stars plus a pantomime dame segment to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

We will be holding a raffle for charity on both nights and the ice café will be providing mince pies, mulled wine and other festive treats.

The Club 55+ choir, The Divatones, will be also be performing both evenings.

About the skate instructors

The show itself has been organised by me, my twin sister Phillipa and our mother Diane Tower MBE.  We all teach together in the ice rink.

My mother is a former four-time British and European Champion and five-time World Champion.

My sister is a former junior dance champion, three-time senior silver dance medalist and a three-time European and world championships competitor.

I am a former two-time junior dance champion, two-time junior world and youth Olympic championships competitor.  My skating partner James and I will also be performing in the show.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Ticket prices

  • Adults £10
  • Children and concessions, £8
  • Under 5s, free 

You can buy them from box office at:

390 Streatham High Road, London SW16 6HX

Learn more about our skating programmes

Call: 020 8677 5758

Visit the Streatham Ice website – activities and clubs