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The Copper Country Skating Academy hosts several annual events for our skaters, families and guest.  Information and registration forms for each event can be found by clicking the links below.

The Copper Country Skating Academy typically hosts four test sessions per year. An August high-test session, a November high-test session during the Turkey Trot competition, a January single panel Low-test session, and a March high-test session.

The Turkey Trot Competition is held each November. Competitive skating is a fun way for skaters to improve their skills and perform their programs. Skaters at every skill level can register to compete in basic skills, dance, freestyle, artistic, compulsory and interpretive events. Medals and trophies will be awarded.

Each year, The Copper Country Skating Academy teams up with the Michigan Tech Learn-To-Skate program, and some local guest skaters (Michigan Tech Figure Skating Club, dads and/or High School hockey players) to present the Spring Ice Show.

This year's show - Around The World - Delayed from 2020 

Get involved now with the ice show!

The Tentative ice show schedule is as follows:

  • Dress Rehearsals: 
    • TBA
  • Pre-show Warm-up: 
    • TBA

  • Performances: 
    • TBA

Don't miss your opportunity to help out with the ice show.  Ice show committee members are needed to help with all aspects of the ice show - don't miss out on the fun!  Once registration is over, check back for the volunteer sign-up form because it is a big event and we will need volunteers for all aspects of the show, including:

  • Music selection
  • Ice show number selection
  • Flower sales
  • Collecting tickets at the doors
  • Assisting skaters on and off the ice during rehearsals and shows
  • Friday props set-up
  • Sunday afternoon props and locker rooms clean up
  • Prop construction - If you have an artistic hand or are interested in helping with this, talk to a board member or sign up at registration night!

Want to know how to run an ice show? Check out this 1995 guide on How to Organize and Ice Show by Cheryl DePuydt

List of Previous Ice Show Themes:


 Show Theme


2023 World Tour Link
2022 Our Skating Stars - Post COVID Recital  Link
2021 Cancelled due to COVID - A reality, not a theme!   
2020 Cancelled due to COVID - A reality, not a theme!  
2019  Broadway on Ice Link
2018  Fantasy on Ice Link
2017  Night at the Oscars Link
2016  Roadtrip Link
2015  Skating Through The Decades Link
2014  Going For The Gold Link
2013  Paradise on Ice  
2012  What's on my iPod?  
2011  Happily Ever After?  
2010  Wedding Bells on Ice  
2009  CCSA on Broadway  
2008  Blockbusters on Ice  
2007   Skate Across The States  
2006  Colors on Ice  
2005   Sail Away  
2004  Century Cafe  
2003  Wizards O  
2002  Musicals On Ice  
2001  Spring Break 2001 Florida Fun!  
2000  City Lights  
1999  Time Machine  
1998  Imagine That  
1997  Around The World In 80 Minutes  
1996  TV Classics  
1995  Some Place Special  
1994  Swingin' Decades  
1993  Global Affairs  
1992  Magic Moments  

As Portage Lake Figure Skating Club

1992  Come Dance With Us  
1991  See You At The Movies  
1990  Skate With Us - Through Time  
1989  Skate With Us - Through Disneyland  
1988  Skate With Us - Around The World  
1987  The Four Seasons  
1986  Hats Off to Broadway  
1985  Popular Hit Parade  
1984  Tropical Tunes  
1983  Storybook Land   
1982  Musical Moods  
1980  Over The Rainbow  
1978  Icy Scenes From Movie Themes  
1975  Disney's Wonderful World of Carnival  
1974  A Spring Garden  
















































The Holiday Recital is a free performance where CCSA skaters have the opportunity to select their own music and costumes with a holiday theme.  

Awards and board member elections highlight this potluck dinner event. Skaters receive certificates for tests passed and an annual yearbook with information and pictures of all CCSA skaters.  All CCSA skaters and their families are welcome to come and are asked to bring a dish to pass. Drinks, paper/plastic servings plates and utensils are provided.

Volunteers are needed each year to coordinate the following activities for the annual meeting and banquet:

  • Banquet program and annual meeting agenda
  • Nominations for awards
  • Nominations for officers
  • Senior plaques
  • Oversee elections
  • Coordinate food
  • Decorations

Nominations are accepted for annual awards and open board positions. Elections are held at this meeting and elections are held for open board positions.

Harold Balog Family Award:

The Balog family was active in the skating community and this award is given to a family whose members exemplify this activity within the skating community. Five Balog children skated. Pat Balog was very active with the CCSA while her children were skating, and continued to be active in Turkey Trot until she passed away in 2007. Recipients’ family name is added to the Balog Family Award plaque, which permanently is located in the trophy case area at the SDC.

Comfort Family Service Award:

This award is given to a member of the skating community who has shown outstanding service over the past year to the Copper Country Skating Academy. The Comfort Family has been a huge part of not only the skating community but especially to the Copper Country Skating Academy; our club would not be where it is today if not the the Comfort family.  The recipient of this award is announced and congratulated at the banquet. Their name is added to the Comfort Family Service Award plaque, which will be permanently located in the trophy case area at the SDC.


Count on me Award:

This award is for the person who consistently volunteers throughout the year, starting with our home competition, the holiday recital, test sessions and also our annual ice show. This award is voted on by all CCSA members. A certificate of recognition is awarded to the recipient.

CCSA's Most Passionate:

This person reminds us why we love our skating community. This award is voted on by all CCSA members. A certificate of recognition is awarded to the recipient.

Cheryl DePuydt Sportsmanship Award:

Cheryl DePuydt created the CCSA Sportsmanship Award in 1992, and at the Spring Banquet in 2005 she learned the award was renamed in her honor. She died September 2005 from cancer. She was instrumental in shaping the skating community for many years, creating the Michigan Tech Learn-to-Skate Program and founding the Copper Country Skating Academy.

  • Nominations: There are no nominations. All skaters are eligible.
  • Presentation: All skating members of the Club vote on the recipient at the Spring Banquet. A list of skaters is provided at the banquet so all names can be considered. The votes are counted and the recipient is announced at the banquet. The recipient receives a small plaque and their name is added to the Cheryl DePuydt Sportsmanship Award, which is permanently located in the trophy case at the SDC.