July 11, 2021
200 E. Stacy Road
Allen, TX 75002
Dallas Cannon Classic
Sunday, July 11, 2021
THE EVOLUTION OF THE DALLAS CANNON CLASSIC
A Brief History of North Texas Figure Skating and a Few Fascinating Dance Tidbits
Way back in 1974, the Tri Cities Figure Skating Club was chartered in Arlington, Texas, sponsored by the Dallas Figure Skating Club.
Its first competition was the 1975 Winter Festival, held at Ice Capades Chalet in Arlington. That same month, the USA dance team of O'Connor/Milns won Silver at Worlds in Colorado Springs. Ice Dance became an Olympic sport in 1976, and O'Connor/Milns won Bronze in Innsbruck.
Fast forward to 1984 when Dallas FSC moved from Prestonwood to Valley Ranch. Tri Cities moved to Prestonwood and became Lone Star FSC. Meanwhile, in 1984, USA's Blumberg/Seibert won their fourth consecutive US Championship and the second of three World Bronze medals. Also, in 1984, Torvill/Dean's iconic Bolero won Olympic Gold in Sarajevo.
Back in Dallas in the late 1980s, Lone Star acquired the prime mid-July dates from Palace FSC when it went out of business. The Texas Open was born! Sadly, 1991 saw the passing of long-time Lone Star President, Don Cannon in whose honor the Cannon Texas Open was named. Don was remarkable in many ways, but in particular he could judge figures and free skating under the old 6.0 system without taking a single note and place the skaters in exactly the correct order.
USA's Belbin/Agosto danced away with the 2006 Olympic Silver medal in Torino, and USA's Davis/White did the same in 2010 at Calgary.
In 2011, Davis/White won USA's first World Dance Championship and its second in 2013. Their extraordinary performances at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, earned them Olympic Ice Dance Gold, the first-ever for the USA.
Covid canceled much of 2020, and in 2021, Lone Star concluded it could not host "Cannon." It very graciously gave Dallas permission to continue this outstanding event under a new name, the DALLAS CANNON CLASSIC, focusing solely on Dance, both Partnered and Solo.
And now you know the rest of the story.