May 11, 2018

Part 1: Ice Charade's Music Suggestions for the 2018 - 2019 Season

If you haven't seen Jessica May's excellent and exhaustive posts: Suggestions for Skating Music, Part I & II – Music In the (Warhorse) Danger Zone on the most overused music in figure skating, click there now and read please.  

I'll wait.  (I hope you come back to this post at some point. please, pretty please.) 

Thank you Jessica for doing all the heavy lifting.

Now that you're back - you'll see I'm offering some suggestions for any skaters and choreography coaches that are looking for something different.  My choices are probably too obscure to ever make it onto the ice at any of the GPF, but, hey, I like these choices.  I hope you will too.  I'm going to take this over to Twitter and I hope others join in with their musical picks.

Let's crowd source a big list so we'll have some fresh music for the upcoming season!!

Since this post is taking a lot longer than I thought (ugh, I have to go to work soon) I'm giving part one of two today.  Stay tuned for pop(ular) songs and movie and Broadway soundtracks in a follow-up post.

Let's see as for my top 3 Classical selections:

Pines of Rome/Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi.  The Pines of Rome itself, is about 21 minutes long, so one has to roll up their sleeves and figure out which 4 - 5 minutes you need.  You may recognize Pines of Rome from the line-up in Fantasia 2000.  If, like me, you're a fan of "Firebird" (thank you Gracie Gold) this could be the new "Firebird" of skating music.  

Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev.  Come on, everyone knows this music, and with very clever editing, this could be a great long program, especially for pairs or dance.

Appalachian Springs by Aaron Copeland.  Another personal favorite of mine, clocking in around 24 minutes, I was glad this was not on Jessica's list.  Sometimes I listen to it at night when I'm trying to fall asleep - which is NOT to say it's boring.  It's elegant and light and would be great for a short program I think.

My top 3 selections, plus a bonus track, from TV theme shows:

Theme song of ER:  Okay, this one is about twenty years old, but it still holds up.  I've always thought someone should skate to this as a short program.  Since most tv theme show songs are short, this one, like others would need to be added to something else or combined with the closing credits.  

Theme song of HBO's John Adams:  If you're a fan of the theme song from Game of Thrones, but you want to stand out from the crowd, this is a beautiful piece.  It's perfect for a short program.  Best for a guy.  Best for an American.  Because history!

Theme song to Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini:  This one goes waaay back.  It's not the more famous Mancini song, The Pink Panther, but it's catchy and familiar.  I would want to scour the internet for a fresh orchestration.  Good for a short program because it's too powerful for a long.  I'm imagining a pair team doing this one.  If you want another similar (read: old tv show) theme song for ice dancers only - how about the theme song to Perry Mason.

Let me know you're thoughts and you're suggestions!  And stay tuned for the second post.

May 7, 2018

Check out these shows!!

(first off, Ice Charades would like to apologize for not posting in over a month ... bad, very bad)

For licensing purposes, I can't show the real ad for Paddington On Ice

By now, you've probably read and seen all about Stars on Ice in both the U.S. and Canada.  And I bet they are both incredible shows ... how could they not be with that caliber of skating?  I wish I could see either of them.

BUT - there are other shows out there. All over the world (and this is by no means a complete list.)

Heading to France in May?  (Sure wish I could get there this spring.)  There's Holiday on Ice France featuring Brian Joubert and Katrina Patchett.  Check them out on Twitter. 
 For a smaller version of Holiday On Ice, no less entertaining, there's "Illusion on Ice" in San Luis Potosi, Puebla or Aguascalientes, Mexico.  Check them out here on Facebook.

Vacationing in Germany?  There are two amusement park shows that have ongoing ice shows.

Ice College at Phantasialand, is located between the cities Bonn and Cologne.  Not to be outdone, Europapark near Düsseldorf is presenting Paddington on Ice.

Yes, bears skating.  Remember, Ice Charades warned you about this.  They learn to skate then take over our jobs!

March 28, 2018

Mini-Reunion Alert!

In case you didn't already see this from Gloria Spoden:

Mini Reunion Alert – Toronto area

Did you know that Cirque du Soleil’s Crystal is coming and the closest it’s going to be is London – June 14-17 and Hamilton – June 20-24?
If anyone is planning on going, we could make it a mini reunion evening in Hamilton. We could go to the early show (1:30 pm) on Sun. June 24th and then meet up at a nearby restaurant for dinner and drinks. (restaurant tba)
Let me know if you would like to get together after the show or if you just want to meet up at the restaurant, that’s ok too. If there is interest, then I’ll make a reservation for our group but let me know if you are coming. We are long overdue for a get together. Leave your name here or email me at

Also this from Nicky Scott on Facebook:

PM me for more info

I wish I could skate in Europe from June to October.  But there's one big problem with me trying to get that job ....

March 2, 2018

In Honor of World Book Day 2018

In honor of #WorldBookDay2018, Ice Charades is giving away 5 hard copies of her latest novel!

Are you missing skating now that the Olympics are over?  If you can never get enough skating, this sorta true tale about a glitzy little dinner show in Japan may be for you.  I would love this book in the hands of want-to-read readers.  

So, if you live in the U.S. and would like a copy, email me by March 5 at and I will mail you a copy.

January 8, 2018

2018 US Nationals - OR - Why I Suddenly Burst Out Crying in Front of My Family

... when I was explaining who was and WASN'T going to the Olympics.

"But wasn't she the veteran on the team?" asked my husband.

And when I started to explain that Ashley Wagner wasn't chosen for the team, I choked up.  I guess watching Nationals with dozens and dozens of my fellow skating fanatics on Twitter will get you emotionally invested.  And I'm not complaining about the skaters who are on the team.  In my mind, all four of them deserve to go.  How about letting Ashley compete in the Team event, since she medaled in it last time?

Just my two cents.  Anyway, my husband and daughter were very concerned that I teared up.  I usually am not so consumed in skating competitions.  I blame you Olympic Channel and Bridgestone Tires!

And it's not easier to explain what happened on the men's side.  Ross Minor getting second place and not being selected?  Again, I'm so conflicted because I really want Adam Rippon there too.

Now I know I'm not going to say anything new or insightful here.  For that you should check out Christine Brennan at USA Today.  She's chockablock with opinions.  If you want a horror show, read the nasty comments following.  I'm so sorry Ashley!

If you don't mind spending hours pouring over  the details, a great source that has EVERYTHING about skating is Rocker - Figure Skating.

And if you just want to feel part of the skating community, join in on Twitter.  It seemed half the people were in the crowd, so I felt I had the behind the scenes insight.  And you know who won Twitter for Nationals?  Gracie Gold.  Yup.  She slayed.

She's whip-smart funny and if she hasn't gotten a literary agent yet I'd be shocked.  Seriously, it's not too late.  Follow her on Twitter in time for the Olympics and you won't be sorry.

December 13, 2017

Ice Capades Choreographer Turned Trainer for I, Tonya

In case you haven't read any articles about the behind the scenes for I, Tonya, this article from IndiWire is very interesting.  Sarah Kawahara was the trainer for Margot Robbie and her doubles.

She's having a good year this year, having also been inducted to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. (btw Sarah's Wikipedia page could use some updating.  Just putting that out there!)

Soooo, has anyone seen the movie yet?  I'm looking forward to seeing it, but I'd rather go with some fellow skaters.  May have to wait a while.  Please add any comment if you saw the movie.  Would love to know what others think.

December 4, 2017

Now Available on

It’s 1989. Sue and Judy are back. In their last adventure they toured Europe with Follies On Ice. Now they’re staying put in a glitzy hotel nestled in a quiet, coastal town in Japan, skating in a scantily clad, Vegas-style review for audiences swarming with Yakuza - the Japanese mafia. Sue has joined the show to get over a crushing breakup, only to fall for a cast member she shouldn’t. Judy warns her that a bad boyfriend, like cheap sushi, won’t last long. Ice Charades: Guy Jean Queen – the follow up to Penguins Behaving Badly and Other Follies From the Road - takes you backstage of the charming little dinner show that is anything but.