National Showcase 2016 to be Held this Week in Strongsville, Ohio

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(8/10/16) - National Showcase 2016, hosted by the Greater Cleveland Council of Figure Skating Clubs, will be held Aug. 11-14, in Strongsville, Ohio. Competitors will vie for titles in dramatic entertainment, light entertainment, extemporaneous improvisation, duets, mini production and production ensembles.

National Showcase fuses artistic creativity with figure skating, providing a unique combination of artistry and athleticism. The competition is considered a festival of inspiration and all skaters who qualify are strongly encouraged to participate. Participants include singles skaters, duets, small ensembles of three to seven skaters and large production numbers of eight to 30. Practice sessions will be held Wednesday, Aug. 10, with competition beginning Thursday morning at OBM Arena Ice Land USA.

Competitors qualify for the event by placing in the top four at any showcase/theatrical/interpretive event at sanctioned, nonqualifying competitions in the United States held from the close of entries at National Showcase 2015 to the close of entries for this event. Skaters also earn a spot to compete by placing in the top four at National Showcase the previous year.

This year's competition includes 538 individual skaters and 95 duets/teams from across the country competing in nearly 740 starts during this event.

Events exceeding 15 entrants will include a final round to determine a champion in that category. The highest placed skaters from each preliminary group will participate in the final round of competition. Winners in each event compete in the Parade of Champions, where an overall champion is named in four disciplines (Parade of Champions, Junior Parade of Champions, Parade of Duet Champions, Parade of Interpretive Champions).

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