FARMINGTON -- Ice skaters from the Utah Figure Skating Club shared their passion for their sport Saturday morning by teaching some of their skills to beginners.
In collaboration with Station Park, the club, which practices year-round at the South Davis Recreation Center, offered free ice-skating lessons at the outdoor rink in the shopping center. They will offer the same service again from 10:30 a.m. to noon this Saturday,
"Come on down to Station Park and give ice skating a try," said Kathryn Thomson, 17-year-old figure skater. "Our lessons are geared for first-timers, and you can rent the skates here. Wear something you can move in, and dress in layers you can remove as you warm up."
Skate rentals are normally $4 for adults and $2 for children; however, rentals are free during the event.
The lessons are part of the club's celebration of the 12th annual U.S. Figure Skating National Figure Skating month.
"Every January we have events that help the public enjoy the ice, learn more about skaters and learn more about the sport of ice skating," said Michelle Thomson, media relations representative for the Utah Figure Skating Club.
Thomson said the event offers prizes, free hot chocolate, and a drawing for six weeks of free skating lessons at the SDRC in Bountiful.
Theresa Baldwin, of Kaysville, brought her 10-year-old daughter, Emily, to the outdoor rink Saturday to celebrate her birthday with her friends.
She was pleasantly surprised to learn that all the girls would be able to learn some skills from professional skaters.
"They've been learning how to skate forward and backward, stop, and play games like 'red-light, green-light,' " Theresa said as she sat on a bench under a heater, watching the girls skate.
"It's perfect with the sun breaking through the fog and the heater to keep me warm," she said.
Emily and her friends were more than happy to show off their newly learned skills. They described their new moves as "dips, two-foot spins, and fishies." The girls skated around the rink moving their feet in and out in a motion that left fish-like patterns in the ice -- a fishy.
Kristina Struthwolf, 24, was working with the girls on their new skills.
"I've taught them how to skate forward and backward and how to do hops and jumps," Struthwolf said.
Struthwolf lives in Stansbury Park, but travels to the SDRC to train. She said she has been skating for 17 years.
Kelsie Jarvis, 14, and Baya Bennett, 12, were also on hand to teach potential students about the sport they love.
Both girls also train at the SDRC with the Utah Figure Skating Club.
"I like teaching kids new things. I had fun with them. I want to show more people what we do," Bennett said.
"This is a fun seasonal activity to skate outside," said Ashleigh Madsen, president of the Utah Figure Skating Club.
She said the club is 61 years old, making it the oldest skating club in Utah, and it serves between 60 and 70 students.
In culmination of National Figure Skating month, the club will perform an exhibition Jan. 31 at the SDRC. The event is open to the public.