Gallarono said Friday the opportunity to develop a skating program from scratch at the new rink excited her. Gallarono said she also expected the rink to get a boost from the upcoming 1998 Winter Olympics.
Gallarono skated for a year with "Holiday on Ice" in 1970 and competed in figure and ice dancing while training under Phil Racine, Gerald Woodstrom and Ellen Burka in the United States and Canada.
With Gallarono aboard, a six-week Learn to Skate program has been scheduled to start Oct. 14. Students can opt to take the classes Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays, with ages from 3 on up at several skill levels.
For more advanced students, ice dancing will be offered Saturday mornings.
The program costs $60 and includes six half-hour lessons, free rental skates, and free admission to six public skating sessions.
Registration for the program begins today and runs through Oct. 15. Classes must have a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 15, and up to four classes will be skating at a time.
Gallarono, a member of the Ice Skating Institute, the United States Figure Skating Association and the Professional Skaters Association, said she will use the USFSA curriculum for teaching skating and expects to have more advanced classes in the future after more local students learn the basics.
Gallarono said she planned to have an ice carnival in the spring and competitions for the kids.
Gallarono also runs an antique brokerage business out of her home with her husband.
Also at the ice rink, five-time Olympic gold medal speed skater Bonnie Blair will be on hand today at 4:30 p.m. to sign autographs and give a short speech on speed skating. The sessions costs $5 per person.
For more information, call the rink at 301-766-9122.