December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Repost from 12/25/09

There were many times when I skated on Christmas Day ... the Nutcracker in Honolulu was especially nice ... doing three shows in freezing Germany was not so much.

Of course it was sad to be away from home and away from family, but it was fun to be with my family of skaters. We always did a Secret Santa or some massive party because everyone felt we had to make it really, really fun and festive or there would have been a big ol' bunch of depressed skaters out on the ice who were away from home and and away from family.

Nobody wants that.

So for all of you showskaters working today, give the gal next to you a little pinch and remember to enjoy the day. It will help the hangover. But remember, New Year's Eve is right around the corner.

December 12, 2012

Supr'Ice is right!

Saw an ice show this past weekend at an amusement park.

You too?

There are a lot of them out there right now. Ice shows and Christmas go together like salt and pepper, like peanut butter and jelly, or if you're a fan of Talladega Nights, "like cocaine and waffles."

I finally got to Europa-Park in Germany, which was all decked out for the holidays. Europa-Park has a theme similar to Epcot with several countries from Europe sprawled out among the grounds. It was fun to walk from Iceland to Spain in less than five minutes.

So it was in Greece that I saw their Christmas show "Surpr'Ice." I hope that's not a bad omen.

It was a very good show. I loved the most of the music they skated to and the skaters were excellent. But I must be getting old, because my main complaint was that the music was too loud. It's good to have loud music, no doubt, I think it makes you feel more included in the show, BUT not too loud. It was so loud, it was coming across the speakers distorted. OR, that was my eardrums. Like I said, I'm getting old.

The principal skaters, like I said, were excellent. Watch out - here comes Finland. Both female principal skaters were from Finland.

But it was the male principal skater that did something I'd never seen before ... EVER. Kind of interesting.

His solo program had no jumps. Tricks - like Russian splits, hitchkicks, and lots of backflips - but NO jumps. Not an axel, not a double axel or triple toe loop which is standard fare for a male principal.

Can you think of a number that you watched where the skater didn't have any standard jumps? He did have two backflips in his solo and a backflip for the finale, so the guy can jump. AND he had excellent spins - including a beautiful flying camel back sit and an interesting position on a sit spin that had a lot of speed.

Almost every skater that can spin that well and throw in backflips to boot, can jump well too. There is no reason to think that he can't.

So why didn't he???? My theory is someone (the execs in the park, the choreographer, or the skater) decided the backflips would be better for the crowd than the jumps.

What do you think?

December 4, 2012

Urgent Casting Call for the Seattle area

Cirque du Noel

looking for
6 Ensemble Girls
1 Solo Boy
1 Solo girl
1 Adagio Pair
Cirque Acts that skate
The Show is December 21 Seattle Washington Arena. Will fly Dec 18 rehersals 19,20,21 will provide salary, transportation,accommodations, & meals.
If you are interested Please contact A.S.A.P Rosstyn at 561-436-0128 or Laurilee at 561-436-0142
e-mail at or

Only three days of rehearsal ... how bad can that be?