Ice Crystals 2017

Last Saturday, it was my pleasure to see Ice Crystals 2017. For those not familiar, Ice Crystals is the annual club show for the Colonial Figure Skating Club. Colonial is one of the biggest clubs in New England; it has more than 400 members and operates out of a well-appointed 3-rink facility in Boxborough, a western suburb of Boston. Colonial will host New England Sectionals in November 2017.

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An Evening with Champions 2016

All photographs by Marni Gallagher

It’s early fall in Boston. For skating fans in the area, that means it’s time for An Evening with Champions (EWC). This famous show, which takes place at Harvard University, is an annual ritual for many Boston-area fans and skaters alike, and effectively serves as the local kick-off to the season. It’s always a fun event, and this year’s 46th annual Evening with Champions was no exception.  Continue reading “An Evening with Champions 2016”

Notes from Skating for the Jimmy Fund: Providence July 2016

Last night, I went down to Providence, Rhode Island, to see “Skating for the Jimmy Fund,” a summertime benefit show to support cancer research, starring Nancy Kerrigan, Castelli/Tran, Richard Dornbush, and others. Unfortunately I don’t have time to do a full review of the show, but here are some quick notes! Continue reading “Notes from Skating for the Jimmy Fund: Providence July 2016”

Ice Crystals 2016: Notes from Colonial FSC’s Club Show

Last Sunday, I took a drive out to Boxborough, MA, to see Ice Crystals 2016, the annual club show of the Colonial Figure Skating Club. The special guest star for this year’s show was Grant Hochstein. I had my two 6-year-olds in tow for this event (fun, but distracting). So, like last year, I’m just going to do some quick notes on the show, as opposed to a full review.

Ice Crystals is not as well-known as the Skating Club of Boston’s annual show, Ice Chips. However, it’s quite a nice (and big) show in its own right. This year’s show was not widely publicized in the Boston area, but there was nonetheless a good-sized crowd at Nashoba Valley Olympia rink, where the show was held. Continue reading “Ice Crystals 2016: Notes from Colonial FSC’s Club Show”

Ice Chips 2016: Review

All photographs by Marni Gallagher

This year’s annual Ice Chips show in Boston took place on the same weekend I saw Stars on Ice. Pretty fun–2 ice shows in one weekend! These 2 shows are such a contrast to each other. While Stars on Ice features a small cast of famous skaters, Ice Chips has a much larger cast, with skaters of all ages and abilities.

Ice Chips is the annual club show for the Skating Club of Boston (SCOB) and is now in its 104th season! Jason Brown and Mirai Nagasu were the guest stars, and SCOB skaters Jimmy Morgan and Ross Miner served as co-hosts of the show. Continue reading “Ice Chips 2016: Review”

Stars on Ice 2016: Review

Recently I drove up to Portland, Maine, to see the second show of the 2016 U.S. Stars on Ice tour. I enjoyed it a lot!

This year’s Stars on Ice has quite a different tone and feel than the 2015 show. Last year, the theme was “Dancing for Joy,” and the overall mood was warm and inviting, with vibrant lighting and many brightly/softly colored costumes. This year’s theme is “E-motion.” While this show definitely has some emotional moments, overall there’s a rather detached, modern feel to the production (as the title suggests). The palette of this year’s show is defined by cool, stark lighting, with most of the costumes in white, black, or red. And many of the music selections are current dance/pop/electronica songs. The show is very interesting and entertaining, although it didn’t quite excite/uplift me like last year’s SOI. Continue reading “Stars on Ice 2016: Review”