‘Heroes and villains’ on ice [UPDATED]Published 10:59am Thursday, March 21, 2013 Updated 12:59pm Thursday, March 21, 2013
Dynamic, style, grace and elegance.
Those are the words that could describe the skaters who will perform for the annual Fergus Falls Skating Club show beginning Friday evening at the Community Ice Arena. Coach Isabelle Prischmann knows a thing or two about putting on a top-of-the-line skating show.
Prischmann, a Laval, Quebec, Canada native, spent five years as a skater for Disney on Ice, performing in several shows that included the “Wizard of Oz,” “Hercules” and “Tarzan.”
But this may not have happened if it wasn’t for a few friends and another ice sport, hockey.
“Disney was holding tryouts at the Bell Centre, formley the Molson Centre, were the Montreal Canadiens play,” Prischmann said. “My friends and I went to the tryout mainly to skate at the new arena. I didn’t follow up on my audition, but after a year my friends encouraged me to join and so I did.”
Prischmann toured with Disney internationally where she performed as several different characters.
She also met her husband, Jon, who worked with the company as well.
One of her favorite memories of working on tour was when they performed “Tarzan.”
“We had ropes that allowed us to climb 20 feet above the ice during the show. It was one of most fun experiences I have every had,” Prischmann said.
After leaving Disney on Ice, Prischmann moved with her husband to his home town of Fergus Falls. Looking to
stay active in the sport that she loves, Prischmann became a coach for the Fergus Falls Skating Club.
“I really loved skating. It was my passion and I wanted to share my love of skating with younger skaters.”
Her dedication has spilled over into her coaching as she works with her students all year round, even traveling to Fargo and Alexandria for ice time during the summer.
Prischmann is excited to continue the skating club’s two week camp beginning in the middle of June in what will be its second year of existence.
As a coach, Prischmann’s favorite part of working with the students is knowing they had a good time. “They are really determined as they are on the ice a 5:45 a.m. They are all really good and improving. Just knowing that they are out there having a great time skating is what I live for.”
When she is not on the ice, Prischmann is a full-time mother to her two daughters, who are both in skating, and a son. She also enjoys spending summers at her family’s lake cabin and traveling back to Canada to visit family and friends.
To join the skating club, Prischmann said to visit the group’s website, www.fergusfallsskatingclub.com, for information and to register.
The skating show theme for this year is “Heroes and Villians.” A group of more than 100 skaters will have put in numerous hours of preparation for show.
The first show is Friday at 7 p.m. with two more shows on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The cost for the event is $10 for adults, $5 for students.