Ball room dancing is definitely not the easiest thing in the world, especially when you dance on ice.
But for Sacred Heart Senior Mary Virginia Shook and seventh grader Emmett King, they would beg to differ. Last month they both brought
home silver medals from the U.S. Figure skating’s 5th annual solo dance finals
“I lost it, I cried, I was just so happy I did it,” said Shook.
King commented, “We weren’t really expecting it, we were just hoping to get to the final round at nationals so it was very exciting.”
Their coach of five years Susan Caudill who's been teaching for over 40 years, jumped on the idea of solo dancing when it became a national event just five years ago.
“The solo competition has given so many skaters from across the country the opportunity to compete nationally on their own,” commented Caudill.
Mary Virginia who has dreams of skating for Disney on Ice one day, and Emmett who plans to act or dance in the future, both admire one another given the large age gap.
Shook exclaimed, “I would love for him to keep skating but it’s really up to him or whether he wants to pursue musical theater, dance, or skating.”
“She’s done well and made it really far, so I’d love to be like her one day,” said King.