May 21, 2015

When dance numbers remind me of skating ...

and this is one of my favorites.  My daughter and I (re)watched Strictly Ballroom the other day and I enjoyed it all over again.  It goes back to 1992, but the dancing doesn't seem dated - and I've been watching a lot of current dance lately (more on that in another post). 

Did you know they've turned Strictly Ballroom into a musical in Australia?  If you plan to go down under anytime soon, check out Strictly Ballroom The Musical.

For those in the US, have a great Memorial Day weekend!

May 11, 2015

Thought for the day ...

The great writer Stephen King once said,

I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they're like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day... fifty the day after that... and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it's—GASP!!—too late.”

 I'm starting to feel the same way about the Biellmann spin. 

And he's right about adverbs ... I'm busily editing the sequel to Ice Charades, keeping the adverbs to a minimum.  Hopefully t(T)he manuscript will please the reader.

May 6, 2015

Ice Show Reunions

Calling all show skaters, gypsies, or showgirls ...

you've probably heard of these reunions from somewhere else, but in case you haven't, take a look.

First up, very soon from now, via the I Love Holiday On Ice on Facebook,

Attention: All Professional Skaters and Holiday On Ice alumni worldwide! Are you looking for something special to do, during the long weekend in May? Well, look no further! Please stay tuned for full details of the upcoming ICE CAPADES REUNION / Canadian Tulip Festival - Festival canadien des tulipes CELEBRATION Weekend in Ottawa, CANADA. Starting Friday, May 15th to Monday, May 18th, 2015 (Victoria Day!). Celebrating the 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of Ice Capades and the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland! It's going to be quite a wild weekend that you won't want to miss....stay tuned for full details, coming soon! Please feel free to "share" this with your wonderful Holiday On Ice FBook friends!

Don't get that confused with the Ice Capades 75th Diamond Jubilee Celebration coming to Vegas, June 22-24, 2015.  (Ice Charades has attended this reunion, even though I technically didn't skate in Capades.  I skated with enough Capades people in other shows- especially Nutcracker On Ice- that I saw plenty of friends at the cocktail hour.  So they will let you attend, but it's best for Capades folks.)

And finally, there's a cruise ship reunion in the works for 2016!  Spread the word!

Ice Show Gypsies Cruise Reunion 2016

I forgot I had posted this in November 2014, old show girl's do that, btw, so I'm posting it again for my sake as well as yours.  September 24 - October 1, 2016.  Let's do this!  

April 28, 2015

Quiet As It's Kept, May 1: 7:30, May 2: 1:00 & 7:30

Where will you be on May 1st or 2nd?


If you're anywhere in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, I would suggest making plans to see this show.  It's your chance to see Rohene Ward, one of the very best show skaters in the world perform.

I saw him skate in the last two Holiday On Ice productions, Speed and Platinum, and I can say I haven't seen anyone better in a show.  Artistically he's today's Toller, plus he does jumps in both directions, spins that I've not seen before.  How cool is that?  Some of you may know him better as Jason Brown's choreographer.  Remember the Riverdance number?  I know.  So you should go.

Plus, with all of the tragic events happening in the African-American community today, this seems especially timely.  Especially important.  Quiet As It's Kept is billed as, "A one-of-a-kind journey of African American history told on ice." (pssst ... that means bring a hat and gloves)

Aaaaah - I wish I could go!  

April 23, 2015

Wishing Paul Wylie a speedy recovery

What an amazing and inspiring skater ... and now, survivor!

This one hits close to home.  Ice Charades knows a heart abnormality all too well.  So I'm so very glad we're talking about his recovery instead of what happens to many more people who suffer heart attacks, cardiac arrests, or heart abnormalities.

Here's hoping he makes a full recovery and is back on his feet skates again soon!

April 20, 2015

Toller Cranston
April 20, 1949 - January 24, 2015

I think I speak for all show skaters when I say he was one of the greatest.

April 1, 2015

Have you seen the Ice Cold Combos

... on Facebook or Twitter?  That's how I discovered them.  Through little snippets of choreography randomly popping up in my Facebook feed, I've learned they will be putting on a live show this summer in Knoxville, TN, Richmond, VA and Charlottesville,VA.

But this 'aint your Grandmother's ice show.  And this is no April Fool's joke either.

This is genius crowdfunding that a bunch of us chorus girls trapped in penguin costumes could only dream of in 1983.

Pairing show skaters and live musicians helped sink the TV ice show of yesteryear.  Remember "Skatin' with Kenny Rogers or Kenny Loggins or Kenny G?"  But I think this show will be different.  The choreography is hip and sharp and the musicians in question, The Northerners are up-and-comers.  I bet this show will raise their profile. 

Adam Blake is the founder, director and choreographer of Ice Cold Combos and he's put the show on Rockethub for anyone to contribute.  Check it out here and if you're a fan of ice shows, considering donating!  Help them reach their goal!