An Arlington resident has produced a new documentary about the mesmerizing world of synchronized skating.
“Life in Synchro,” partly filmed at the MedStar Capitals IcePlex in Ballston, will be screened locally at the DC Independent Film Festival on Saturday, March 7. Rosslyn resident Nicole Davies produced the film while fellow American University alum Angela Pinaglia directed it.
The female-dominated sport, in which teams of eight to 20 skaters perform formations and step sequences in-sync to music, is little-known to most people, the filmmakers said. When Pinaglia was doing research for the film, she could not find any previous documentaries or films based on synchronized skating.
We talked with both filmmakers about the documentary and the sport.
How did you get involved in the project?
Nicole: I have been a synchronized skater since I was nine years old. Angela and I met at American University and we were working together for the school communication summer program. I was always talking about synchronized skating and Angela didn’t really care until about three years ago. Angela saw it for the first time in Arlington. She realized then when she saw it how special it was.
Angela: When you’re in the ice rink you can literally feel a wall of wind as sixteen skaters are skating past you on the ice, so it’s a very immersive experience. I turned to Nicole afterwards and I said this is really cool, [and that] we should do a documentary.
Just in time for the start of November and the arrival of cold weather, the ice rink at Pentagon Row is now open.
The outdoor rink in Pentagon City will be open daily through mid-March. In addition to skating for individuals and families, the rink also offers skating lessons, birthday parties and opportunities for group fundraisers.
“The 6,840-square-foot ice rink is the largest outdoor rink in Northern Virginia and the second largest in the state,” noted a PR rep. “It features on outdoor dual-sided stone fireplace for lounging during skating breaks.”
Admission is $10 for people 13-54 years of age and $9 for kids 12 and under or seniors 55 and up. Season passes are also available. Skate rental is $5.
The hours of operation are below.
- Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Monday-Thursday: Noon-10 p.m.
- Friday: Noon-11 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Fall foliage may be MIA so far, but there’s another sure sign of the season that signals that sweatshirt weather is here to stay for awhile: the opening of the ice skating rink at Pentagon Row.
The rink, at 1101 S. Joyce Street, is set to open for the season on Thursday, Oct. 25. It will remain open until March 24.
Renovated in 2013, the outdoor skating rink is billed as the largest in Northern Virginia, at 6,840 square feet. It hosts thousands of skaters each year during the cold weather months, even when it’s not particularly cold.
The rink is open seven days a week, including on holidays. Hours and pricing are posted on the rink’s website.
Frost Fest begins at 5 p.m. at the ice rink at Army Navy Drive and S. Joyce Street. The event will include an on-ice firework display with Santa Claus, music from a DJ, live entertainment from local artists and ice sculptures.
Attendees can also sample foods from some nearby restaurants, pick up holiday shopping specials and win a $1,000 Pentagon Row shopping spree giveaway.
Pentagon Row’s 6,840-square-foot outdoor ice rink is now open, and will be open on all holidays. Admission costs $8 for those aged 12 and under); and $9 for those aged 13 and older. Skate rental costs $4.
The rink’s hours will be as follows:
- Mondays to Thursdays: Noon to 10 p.m.
- Fridays: Noon to 11 p.m.
- Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sundays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The ice skating rink at Pentagon Row (1101 S. Joyce Street) opened this week.
The rink hosted its first skaters Tuesday, according to its Facebook page. A sure sign of the season, the rink — which was expanded in 2013 — generally opens around mid-fall and closes in mid-to-late March.
The rink’s hours vary, but it opens at noon on weekdays and at 10 a.m. on weekends and certain holidays, closing between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. depending on the day.
Admission is $9 for adults and $8 for kids and seniors. Skate rental is $4.
Photo via Facebook
As of noon today, there was no one skating at the Pentagon City Row ice skating rink, as the sun shone and temperatures reached into the 70s.
With above-average temperatures in the forecast for the foreseeable future, the skating rink may soon look as much like a swimming pool as a winter wonderland.
Nonetheless, the rink is slated to stay open until Easter Sunday, March 27, according to a press release sent last week.
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Pentagon Row will be bringing the 80s back Saturday night.
The shopping center will host an “80’s Night” event from 6-10 p.m. at its outdoor skating rink. The event will include a costume contest and a live DJ.
Warm weather is expected Saturday, with forecasters predicting a high temperature of 61 degrees.
— Pentagon Row (@PentagonRow) February 17, 2016
You might not yet be in the mood for thoughts of ice and the holidays, given today’ record 80 degree heat, but ice skating is currently underway at Pentagon Row.
The ice rink opened for the season on Sunday. The rink looked a bit more like a pool than a winter wonderland this afternoon, but that didn’t deter a few determined skaters wearing shorts and short sleeves.
Pentagon Row is planning a new winter-themed event at the rink this year. A month from now, on Saturday, Dec. 5, the shopping center will hold “Frost Fest” from 5-8 p.m.
The event will feature on-ice fireworks display, ice sculptures, fire performers and a $1,000 giveaway, according to a flyer.
— Pentagon Row (@PentagonRow) October 29, 2015
The ice rink will open starting Nov. 1, according to the Pentagon Row Twitter account. It will remain open during the cold weather months until March 15, 2016.
With the exception of special expanded hours around holidays, the public skating hours at the rink start at 10 a.m. on weekends and noon on weekdays, closing between 7 and 11 p.m. depending on the day.
In past years, Pentagon Row has created artificial snowfall on the rink during the month of December.
On Saturday, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., the ice rink at 1201 S. Joyce Street will host a “Decades Night on Ice” party, in which participants are encouraged to dress according to their favorite decade.
“A DJ will be spinning the best tunes of each decade starting with the 60s at 6 pm, then the 70s at 7 pm, the 80s at 8 pm, and the 90s at 9 pm, through 10 pm,” according to a PR rep.
Admission for adults is $9, for children 12 and under and seniors 55 and up it’s $8. Skate rental, for those who don’t have their own, is $3.
Just don’t expect a throwback to this winter’s cold for the party. While snow is expected on Friday, the first day of spring, on Saturday the high temperature is expected to reach the upper 50s.