January 19, 2016

Did you know she can dance?

I knew she starred in "Sweet Charity" but I no idea how well Shirley MacLaine dances.  Check out this video ...

sorry about the subtitles

It's a little long, but the dancing is amazing.  She covers different choreographers such as Bob Fosse, Michael Kidd and others.  But mostly, I can't get over those legs!

Excuse me, Ice Charades, this isn't about skating.

Oh yeah, the reason I posted Ms. MacLaine is I think it's time for a skating version of this.  If you're to skate a new kind of program (and I think the tv audience would like to see something different) one could use skating choreographers or skaters themselves.

An amazing skater, Erik Larson, would entertain us back in the day with his parody of skating styles from Toller Cranston to Richard Dwyer, a.k.a. Mr. Debonair, to Gary Beacom and a few others thrown in.  It was hysterical and I would love to see someone try this again.

How about a Sonja Henie/Dorothy Hamill/Yuna Kim mash-up?  Button/Candeloro/Plushenko?  Or resurrecting some of the most memorable programs and putting them together?  Bolero/Nessum Dorum/Firebird?

Can you think of a mash-up you'd like to see? 

January 5, 2016

Happy 2016!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Do you have any juicy resolutions for 2016?

I've given up on most diet/exercise-themed punishments goals long ago, but this year I resolved to eat more eggs, and with that, less meat.  Since we are the proud owners of six backyard chickens, four of whom are already laying, this shouldn't be too hard.

Writing goals?  Now that's different.  I'm determined to get the sequel to Ice Charades out THIS year.  It's close, it's pretty shined-up, but it's not quite ready yet.  THIS year, I promise.  Some of you, dear readers, have been asking and waiting patiently and some of you have probably forgot.

THIS year, I promise.  It takes place in Atami, Japan in 1989.  Good times.  We still didn't have credit cards or internet yet.  No TV in English, no decent bagels, unless one made a trip into Tokyo.  But we stayed in a Japanese resort town on the Pacific ocean with natural hot springs and lots of time on our hands.

If you want to read more about it, you won't have to wait any longer than 2016.