Canadian ice dancers Sarah Arnold and Thomas Williams perform Saturday at the opening of the indoor rink at Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

VIDEO: Ice dancers have all the right moves as Woodgrove’s indoor rink opens

Synthetic rink will be set up at Woodgrove Centre until April 1

The indoor rink at Woodgrove Centre is now open to international-calibre ice dancers, or anyone else who’d like to lace up the skates.

The synthetic rink at centre court opened today, Feb. 10, at centre court of Woodgrove Centre and will remain open until April 1 as part of a fundraiser for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre.

“We’re excited to bing a unique twist on the Canadian tradition of ice skating,” said Julia Dow, Woodgrove Centre general manager.

Michelle Kocourek, resource development director with the child development centre, said her group is looking forward to the next six weeks of fun on the ice.

“As a not-for-profit agency, we rely heavily on fundraising money and having a nice, creative way to do that, so the families can be included, is such a great partnership,” she said.

Canadian international ice dancers Sarah Arnold and Thomas Williams showed what’s possible on a synthetic rink with a performance Saturday afternoon. Arnold and Williams will perform again Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., then on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The Nanaimo Clippers will be on hand Family Day, Monday, Feb. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. for skating and to sign autographs.

Public skating admission is $3 per person for 15 minutes. The rink is open 1-5 p.m. daily and additional sessions are Wednesday to Friday 6-8 p.m. All proceeds go to the Nanaimo Child Development Centre.

There will be some skates and helmets available for loan, but the mall is asking that people bring their own skates and helmets if they can.

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