April 21, 2017

Behind the Scenes ...

A few of these skating videos have been popping up in my Facebook and Twitter feed.  If you haven't seen this yet, take a look.


I don't know for sure, but I can only imagine this is a GREAT gig to get.  High paying, high visibility. You do one, maybe two numbers a show and you're on stage with the famous Rockettes. How cool is that!

March 29, 2017

Still So Excited!




They've already had the premiere in Sydney.  The movie comes out in theaters in Australia on April 6, 2017 and I'm dying to know when it will be released on Netflix or better yet, come to the theaters in the States.

I've written about this in two previous posts, but I'll say it again, if you're a fan of figure skating, you will probably love the tv series Dance Academy too.   All three seasons are available on Netflix and now on You Tube.  I suggest you start at the beginning, but you'll still get sucked if you wandered in at Season 2.

My personal theory on why this show is so popular, compared to all other dance movies/tv shows, is the writing is so strong.  It's realistic and the characters are three dimensional.  They are not just all sweet or totally evil, completely talented or robbed of their title - and they are growing up besides.  There are so many parallels to figure skating, either the side competition or performing, that you'll be swept in.  I promise!

March 8, 2017

This Aint Your Mamma's Synchro Team

... it's your Daddys' instead!




Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce the River Bulls, from Finland.  They are the only all-male synchro team and they were founded in 2014.

I love the story of how they came to be ... like the classic song from "A Chorus Line" - "I'm watching sis go pitter pat, said I could that ...."

Let Matti Heinonen, one of the team's member explain:
It all began season 2013-14 when two of us were waiting and watching our daughters' rehearsal.  Suddenly the other one said:"That seems to be so easy, maybe we should try it too?  We know how to move in blocks because we have been in the army."  From this moment the idea started to live in our minds and after some months the first skating courses for men were arranged.


It doesn't sound like they are heading to the 2017 World Synchro Championships in Colorado Springs next month.  But neither am I ... as a spectator.  I would love to see Worlds!  If any of you are near Colorado Springs on April 7 or 8, you should go!!!

February 24, 2017

Want to buy a photo?

This is for sale on ebay (thanks for the hat tip, Richard M. Morse at Facebook's Ice Capades Reunion 2015.)


I think the photo is rather captivating.  Can't put a year on it.  1940-something, so it's old.  If all of the signage weren't in English, I'd be tempted to say the man's Italian.  But I do like that it's in English.  It says Ice Capades four times and I'm always grateful to keep the name out there.

Hmmmm, I wonder why?

February 13, 2017

What I Would Rate Ice Charades



Tell me, figure skaters and fans, if this sounds right ... when you mention figure skating to someone, they almost always think of a girl training for the Olympics.  There was a brief time (circa 1994 - 1998) when people thought of Nancy and/or Tonya, but we're back to the girl (probably 10 - 15 years of age) on her way to the Olympics.

That's not what the novel, Ice Charades, is about.  It's not for young girls.  If it were to be rated like movies are, it would be somewhere between PG-13 and R.  No violence, some swearing, some sexual situations.

I think the closest rating, one that is used in other countries, is MA15+.  It means not suitable for people under 15.

After all, Sue Olson, the protagonist of the novel is nineteen, a sophomore in college, and sets out to skate in an adult world with adult situations.  But I would recommend this for any figure skater who is approaching eighteen -- the age you need to be to be hired for most shows -- who is thinking of joining an ice show.  And I would recommend it for the parents too!





February 6, 2017

The Fitness Marshall

Me likey.

Are you looking to put a little more dance in your exercise routine or put a little more exercise in your dance routine?





About a month ago, I was looking for a certain Zumba song on You Tube when I stumbled upon The Fitness Marshall exercise/dance videos.  It's Caleb Marshall and his assorted backup booties dancing to pop songs with a blend of hip hop moves and calisthenics.  And now my daughter and I are hooked.

You can find him here on Twitter, here on Facebook, but I usually head straight to You Tube.

If your TV can get the You Tube channel or you don't mind watching your videos on small devices, you've got yourself a great workout!  My daughter and I definitely have our favorites:  Me Too, Can't Stop This Feeling and Into You.  But there are a lot more.

Caleb Marshall, is so cute and funny that you'll feel like you're not working out at all.


His webpage has announced tour dates, so maybe they're coming to your city.  If not, give him a try on You Tube.  I bet you'll love him too.

January 20, 2017

#MakeAmericaSKATEAgain


From the Mercury News:
Olympian Ashley Wagner called it an easy choice: Watch the U.S. figure skating championships Jan. 20 instead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

The inauguration falls at the same time as the weeklong skating championships in Kansas City, Missouri, where Wagner, 25, is one of the favorites in the women’s competition.

“People have a really good reason to watch U.S. figure skating nationals, don’t they? That’s all I have to say,” she said Tuesday during a conference call.

Smart call Ashley! I agree.

America, are you ready to skate again?

January 4, 2017