The Inside Edge: 'An Evening on Ice' rife with talentKerrigan-directed 'Halloween on Ice' set to hit 15 U.S. cities in October
The fifth edition of Nick LaRoche and Tricia LaRoche's An Evening on Ice fundraiser will feature an impressive cast, as it usually does.
Appearing in two shows July 18 at the Toyota Sports Center in Los Angeles will be Gracie Gold, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Jeremy Abbott, Kimmie Meissner, Yuka Sato, Alissa Czisny, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, Polina Edmunds, Adam Rippon, Richard Dornbush, Shawn Sawyer, Daisuke Murakami, Courtney Hicks, Karen Chen, Douglas Razzano, Rohene Ward, Beatrisa Liang, Leah Keiser, Jonathan Cassar, Chelsea Liu and Brian Johnson, Derrick Delmore and Brendan Kerry. Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner will host.
LaRoche says he can't believe how well the show is doing, considering how hard it was to get off the ground when it first started.
"In 2011, there was a man who looked at me straight in the face and said to me, 'You think these people are your friends until you ask them for a favor. You only have an idea of a show until [they] show up in Los Angeles to perform in your event,'" LaRoche realyed in an email.
"I knew from the very beginning that I had a strong supporting family in the sport of figure skating, and every year when I extend out an invite for another show, my friends are right there willing to make it another successful run," LaRoche said. "I wouldn't trade a moment of my figure skating career; the people, relationships and friendships I have created are priceless. I can't thank everyone involved enough."
Proceeds benefit the US Athletic Foundation, which helps skaters with training expenses. More information is available at aneveningonice.org.
Halloween on Ice
Nancy Kerrigan has taken to Twitter to announce a new tour with a great cast for the fall. Halloween on Ice will play 15 cities in October.
In addition to Kerrigan, the cast includes Kurt Browning, Czisny, Shawn Sawyer, Jozef Sabovčík and Nicole Bobek, with other skaters expected to be announced soon. Kerrigan and Browning are co-creative directors. Browning also serves as choreographer.
Kerrigan says the show will have a storyline, so she and the other stars will each portray a character throughout.
"It's a show that we started a long time ago, in 1995," Kerrigan said. "It was the first show for the new Boston Garden (now known as the TD Garden). It was so exciting and so much fun, more in the Disney style with costumes and characters. It's such a great opportunity for skaters to expand their imaginations and what they can do on the ice. It's allowed me to be more creative, playing a character."
Kerrigan wasn't ready to reveal the story the show will follow, saying she said she is still working on it. (We do recall that Sawyer has portrayed a mighty fine Mad Hatter.)
"It's really fun, as opposed to waiting around and skating for three minutes," Kerrigan said of playing a character. "It's a lot of pressure in the beginning, but once you're out there, you're busy the whole time, so you don't lose momentum."
The show will come with a lot of extras, including a costume contest for kids in the audience and a Skatefest, which will allow people to skate with the stars before the show. VIP tickets will include a meet-and-greet after each show.
Kerrigan noted that Bobek has been performing with a circus, so she hopes to incorporate some aerial work into the show.
"Hopefully she can teach me some of it!" she said.
For more informating check halloweenonice.com and @USfigureskating on Twitter.
Dan Hollander flash mob engagement
Dan Hollander has been entertaining audiences for more than 15 years with his comedic, over-the-top show programs. So, it's hardly surprising that he made a big production out of proposing to his girlfriend, Emily Naperkoski, on May 1.
Back in 2013, Hollander invited Naperkoski, a synchro skater and coach, to the Friday night Skate for Hope banquet. He says he knew she was the one that night.
"When I got home, I went out and bought a leather-bound book to keep a diary for her," Hollander emailed.
His first entry read: "I decided to start a journal for you, as a gift to hopefully one day receive upon the day you accept my proposal for marriage. Yes I know this is crazy, but I can't help how I feel."
Hollander made plans to propose at this year's Skate for Hope show, with an on-ice flash mob. When those plans fell through, he changed his production to a flash mob dance at the banquet the night before the show. From what we hear, everyone went wild.
Madison Hubbell, Zach Donohue, Czisny and Abbott joined friends and family in a routine to "500 miles," which segued into "Single Ladies." At the end, Donohue and Abbott assisted Hollander with his signature back flip ("I can only do it on the ice," he said), and he knelt before Naperkoski, holding out a ring.
She said "Yes," and now the couple is planning a wedding for later this year. Congratulations!
First elbow, now hip
Pairs skater Zack Sidhu has been going through a challenging spring. After undergoing elbow surgery March 4, he had hip surgery April 21 in Vail, Colorado.
"I injured my hip last year in October during the Autumn Classic in Canada," Sidhu emailed. "I did not think it was as serious as it was, so I skated through the season. When I had my elbow surgery, both my coaches and myself figured at least it would give time for my hip to heal. When it actually got worse, I realized it was probably more serious than I thought originally."
Sidhu says he is doing well and on track to make a full recovery.
"I'm sure there are going to be some roadblocks from here until I'm back at 100 percent, but I have a great support team to help me along the way," he said.
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