October 23, 2014

Operapop On Ice

I mentioned this on Ice Charades in August of 2013 and now I see it on Facebook.

Opera On Ice - starring Carolina Kostner looks like it changed to Operapop On Ice, but it still played in Verona, Italy. It's over. So you have to watch the highlight reel instead. It'll be worth it, I promise.

From the six-minute clip, you can see besides the high caliber skating, there is a lot of attention to the lights and props. This makes the choreography visually MUCH more interesting. Add in some opera singers and a violinist and VoilĂ , you have yourselves an ice show!

Too bad most of us can't make it to Verona, Italy. Any chance for touring dates?

October 16, 2014

Show Skaters get a shout-out

...from Jessie J no less!

Watching the video, filmed in an empty arena, you know it has to be from the cast of either Disney On Ice or Holiday On Ice. Since Adam Blake is the assistant choreographer at DOI, I'm guessing it's the former. No matter which, well done skaters.

You can see the clip from Jessie J's page promoting the new song "I Am Burning Up" or you can go to Adam Blake's Facebook page to see it there along with other videos Adam has done.

Be sure to scroll down a bit to see the full video promoted by @IceColdCombos on Adam's page, because they promise there will be more.

More please.

September 8, 2014

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

I was looking suitcases on-line and wanted to see what kinds of colors, fabrics and designs they have these days. Then I came across this one.

It doesn't say who the artist is, only that the "artistic paint print exterior" of this Neocover Lady Harvest 28-inch Hardside Spinner Upright Suitcase is brilliant.

You know which skater was brilliant?

This suitcase looks a lot like an image that Toller Cranston would paint. Maybe he did paint it but I think they would mention it if he did. They should mention the artist regardless.

And that got me to thinking ... Toller should get his paintings on a suitcase. How cool would that be? How about this?

Or this?

I bet a lot of skaters would pay for one of these suitcases. Makes sense for a show skater ... you can take the art with you on the road.

August 21, 2014

While We're Talking Dance

... how about "Skating at Your Fingertips" too!

Check out Ballet at Your Fingertips, posted on the New York Times.

Abbott Miller, Creative Director of 2WICE, describes it as "...somewhere between video and a game." Now, I challenge some creative skaters out there to set up an app where figure skating meets choreography. While skating is often more about setting up one jump passage to the next, there is still an artistic side to skating and this would definitely help skaters and fans get creative.

Can you think which skater you'd use?

July 25, 2014

So You Think You Can Skate?

This from the Facebook page of the legendary choreographer, the great Sarah Kawahara ...

Attention SKATING COMMUNITY! I spoke to Nigel Lythgoe tonight at So You Think You Can Dance and told him I have reached out to the skating community to participate in National Dance on ICE. He did a double take and looked me in the eye and said be sure everyone submits their videos to the Dizzy Feet Foundation NDD video submission. I got his attention so PLEASE SEND IN YOUR VIDEOS ASAP!!!! We might get on SYTYCD!!!
Also upload to YouTube and send me your link on my facebook page!!!

Okay, show skaters, you've received your marching orders.

June 17, 2014

The Sticker Book

Reposted from June 8, 2010! The only thing to update is this book seems more popular than ever. What a great way to make money for figure skating in the Olympic years ... what do you think?

2014 sticker book

In the archives of Axels, Loops, and Spins to I found a post by Aaron asking how to generate more money for the skating competitions. My idea doesn't speak to the networks airing or not airing skating, but rather a way to make money and generate interest in the competitions themselves.

Ladies and gentleman, may I introduce the official World Cup sticker book. I didn't know this, but the book has been around for generations. Okay, the cards may not have been self-adhesive back in the day, but the book's been around.

What happens is months before the World Cup, the book goes on sale in participating countries and it contains every country that made it in and their players. Plus there are cards for each stadium hosting games, the cup itself, team portraits, etc etc. The cards are sold separately in these little packages (like the baseball cards we used to buy as kids) and the goal is to collect a card for every player and stick it in the book.

These books are everywhere. Kids in school are trading the cards. Folks in the offices are trading cards. People brag that they have filled a book with the stickers of every player since 1968 or something like that. We even saw this in Panama ... a country that is not competing, hasn't made it to the World Cup, but loooooves soccer anyway.

It's pretty cool when your six-year old says, "Mom, did you know the goalie for Portugal is named Eduardo?" or a little embarrassing when she says, "Mom, why did you get so excited when I got a David Beckham card?"

So imagine the money the ISU could generate if they created a Grand Prix sticker book. (Granted, you have to know who the competitors are going to be well enough in advance.) But you could have all the competitions in one book, of course, some skaters are repeats, but you could learn who is skating where and what the other competitions would look like. Let's face it, most die-hard skating fans can't afford Skate USA, Skate Canada and the NHK Trohpy in Tokyo in one year, but they could follow along with the souvenir program of sorts.

I know there are more logistics I'm not taking into account, but help me out here guys, we could work with this ... what do you think?

June 11, 2014

Ice Skating Archive Open House!

It's June 19 - 21 and it will be fascinating for any skater or fan of ice skating. I promise.

Roy Blakey's
Mpls apartment is overflowing with some 26,000 + items and his looking for a good home for all of this. Read about it here in the New York Times.

If I were in the Twin Cities I would definitely go!