This is one premiere that can expect an icy reception.
The Durango Figure Skating Club and Learn to Skate program are presenting their seventh annual spring show - "Rockin' Through the Decades" - at 5:30 p.m. today at Chapman Hill, with 48 skaters - as young as 3 and some older than 60 - jumping and spinning to rock hits from past decades.
Jessika Jones, coach of both programs, presents the show as a way of rewarding her 20 competitive skaters for diligent work year-round, and to give the community a glimpse of their abilities.
"It's a wide range of skaters, very cool," Jones said. "We have seven group numbers where there's anywhere between 20 and 40 skaters on the ice at the same time. Last year we had 400 people (attending)."
Jones expects a similar audience tonight.
"It's funny because none of these (other skaters) come from my school," 10-year-old Amanda MacLaren said. "I have all of my friends coming, so it's going to be pretty fun."
And fast, and furious.
"I have four different costumes, so I have to change really fast," first-year skater Jessica Nordby said.
More advanced skaters will perform solos in addition to the group performances, and there also are duos and trios.
"I try to make it fun because we work so hard and compete so hard, I let them skate with their friends," said Jones, who helped forge both programs and oversees the training of 45-50 girls a week at the rink.
Jones grew up in San Diego as a competitive figure skater, before she gave it up for a college education. She transferred to Fort Lewis College and was told Durango had an ice rink.
There, seven years ago, she met rink supervisor Matt Morrissey, who wondered if she'd be interested in coaching.
The rest, like tonight's rock 'n' roll theme, is history.
"I was a teacher for years," Jones said. "It's the same thing, teaching math and teaching skating."
"I still skate all the time, and I take how I skate and give it to the girls. That's a reflection of how I was coached."
Despite working full-time at a local construction company, Jones spends six nights a week working at the rink - training skaters, preparing for competitions, filling out registration forms, brushing up on new technical regulations, selecting songs, ordering costumes and choreographing events.
Kathy Parcell, the Durango Figure Skating Club president, and Diana White are responsible for the back-end support of the competitive club, Jones said.
The skaters also get support from another source - each other.
"All the girls in essence practice together, because they're all on the ice at the same time," Jones said. "They all usually pair up with people who are doing the same moves as they are, and they work together. I really try to have a team atmosphere."
Jones said the older girls often take the younger girls under their wings and help them progress.
"They're really good about that," Jones said. "When they go out there to compete, they compete by themselves, but despite that, they're a really close-knit group of girls."
"I go three days a week after school," said Elyse Parcell, a high school junior who recently passed her juvenile moves test, an important step in competitive skating. "A lot of girls go more, too, like five days a week."
Parcell said Jones has been key to her development.
"She's a very encouraging person with great morals," she said. "She makes us work pretty hard out there."
Parcell and friend Teresa Snyder joined the club at its inception and have skated competitively since Jones arrived.
"We're like the sole founders," said Snyder, a fellow high school junior. "We've known Jessika since forever, back when she was a waitress in college."
The club's main focus is competition, like the Pueblo Mid-Winter Invitational in February, where the club won multiple categories.
"It makes them work hard," Jones said. "Whenever there's a competition coming up, they work 10 times as hard as they usually do."
Two big competitions await the skaters after the fun is over tonight: 14 skaters will go to the Santa Fe Skate Fest on May 15, and the Broadmoor Invitational on June 28 in Colorado Springs will feature 12 girls from Durango.
Jones said Durango's athletic tendencies give her more athletes than similar programs in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
It's not always easy for the club to get the ice time it needs locally, however, since Chapman Hill closes its doors for five months a year.
"Our season starts in May and ends in October at Regionals," Jones said. "From May to October, we travel to Albuquerque once a week. We put a bunch of girls in the van, skate for three hours and then drive back for three hours.
Jones said competitive figure skaters often train five or six days a week.
The coach is hopeful that the city will pony up for year-round ice, a goal she thinks is realistic given the popularity of adult hockey in Durango.
"So we definitely have a disadvantage," she said. "But we work really hard."