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American Ice Theatre’s “Let’s Dance!” set for May 31

12 May

American Ice Theatre (AIT) will debut its first production in Chicago titled “Let’s Dance!” on May 31 at 7 p.m. Set to take place at the McFetridge Sports Center, this one-time premier event will be fun for the whole family.Jason Brown

Tickets can be purchased at http://americanicetheatre.org. General Admission is $30 and VIP Seating and reception with the skaters is $60. Along with the AIT ensemble, the show features work from finalists in the Young Artists Showcase (YAS), an online international figure skating choreography competition. Guest stars include 2014 Olympic Team bronze medalist Jason Brown, 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley, 2013 U.S. champion Harmony Theatre Company and U.S. novice silver medalist Paige Ryberg.

AIT is a non-profit “dance on ice” company comprised of accomplished and nationally recognized figure skaters performing with a mission to infuse the art of dance to the ice by presenting contemporary and sophisticated work.

“My goal for American Ice Theatre is to be accessible enough that people on the streets of America know and appreciate what ice theatre is as they do for ballet,” AIT Founder and Director Jodi Porter said. “It is a model that can extend the life of a skater and allow for more career opportunities. There are talented national and world level skaters that don’t make the Olympic Team yet are beautiful to watch artistically. We are an artistic outlet for skaters to continue to grow and perform.”

“Let’s Dance, a celebration of artistic figure skating” takes the audience on a journey through classical, cultural, and contemporary dance on the ice. American Ice Theatre brings the best of ice and dance together in its inaugural production in Chicago.AITphotoPress

“AIT was built from my personal education and professional experience in dance and professional figure skating,” Porter said. “I have been actively educating others about the art and processes taken from dance and its translation to the ice. I see this fresh enthusiasm growing tremendously thanks to YAS and artistic skating seems to be a perfect fit here in Chicago.”

The performance is sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating and supported by the Windy City Figure Skating Club. For additional information call Jodi Porter (847) 920-4262 or email jporter@americanicetheatre.org.

Photos courtesy of Marla Brown

13th Annual “An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends” set for Saturday, Nov. 3

30 Oct

The number 13 has earned some negative connotations over the years, a reputation even 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton can admit.

“When I heard the number 13, I kind of got scared about it being unlucky,” Hamilton said. “In the history of figure skating, though, there have been 13 skaters from the United States to win the Olympic gold medal— so it’s kind of a nice number.”

So nice in fact, that it seems to be the underlying theme of Hamilton’s 13th annual show, “An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends,” at which all 13 U.S. Olympic champions are expected to attend, together in the same room, for the very first time.

The show’s proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute, where Hamilton won his own battle with testicular cancer in 1997, and Scott Hamilton’s CARES (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) Initiative, which Hamilton founded 13 years ago, in 1999.

At least thirteen U.S., World and Olympic medalists are expected to perform, including reigning U.S. champions Ashley Wagner and Jeremy Abbott, along with Alissa Czisny, Rockne Brubaker and Ryan Bradley. The evening will also feature a performance by five-time Grammy award winning artist Wynonna Judd, who has sold more than 10 million albums in her three decade career.

Hamilton’s CARES Initiative strives to further the war on cancer by empowering patients and their families via education and guidance, and support those affected by the disease through the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, which offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from mentors who have successfully made the journey from diagnosis to recovery.

The CARES Initiative also informs patients through Chemocare.com, a website is designed to provide the latest information and answers to questions about chemotherapy to patients and their families, caregivers and friends. In addition to patient support, the CARES Initiative’s vision is to promote and support world class research that might ultimately lead to a cure for cancer.

The show, held annually at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, is set to take place Sat. Nov. 3 at 5 p.m., followed by a gala benefit at Cleveland’s Renaissance Hotel ballroom. Tickets are available at theqarena.com and 1-800-332-2287 or 216-420-2200.

Tickets to the gala benefit dinner are available by calling Liz Lindecke, Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic at 216- 445-0099.

For more information on The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative call the CARES hotline at 216-445-2573 or visit scottcares.org.

“An Evening with Champions” to feature all-star line-up

19 Sep

Paul Wylie chats with Emily Hughes at last year’s performance (Photo by Sarah Brannen)

The 42nd annual “An Evening with Champions” will take place Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. The event will take place at Harvard’s Bright Hockey Center and all event proceeds will benefit the Jimmy Fund, which supports adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 

Hosted by 1992 Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie and Harvard University student and 2010 Olympian Emily Hughes, the show will feature an all-star cast of skaters including three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, reigning U.S. bronze medalist Agnes Zawadzki, 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley and two-time Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist and incoming Harvard freshman Christina Gao.

Click hereto view the full line-up.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir will perform for the second straight year (Photo by Sarah Brannen)

A silent auction to benefit the Jimmy Fund will begin 30 minutes before each show, with a prize drawing after intermission. Since its premier in 1970, “An Evening with Champions” has been run entirely by Harvard University students and has raised more than $2.5 million for the Jimmy Fund.

For more information, please visit: www.jimmyfund.com/skating or www.aneveningwithchampions.org.

“An Evening with Champions” can also be reached through e-mail at aneveningwithchampions@gmail.com or by phone at (617) 942-1392.

2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic Tweet Seat

17 Sep

At the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, many of the skaters answered your questions from the Tweet Seat. See what your favorite athletes had to say and be sure to send in your questions for the next time!

Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus

Ryan Bradley

Timothy Dolensky

Ross Miner

Agnes Zawadzki

Gracie Gold

Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig

Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay

Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt

Madison Chock and Evan Bates

Max Aaron

Armin Mahbanoozadeh

Jeremy Ten

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch

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