In Which Our Heroine Attends a Truly Fantastic Skating Choreography Competition

What do you mean, Sunday was the first day of Advent? It felt just like Christmas to me!That's because I got to attend the MK Young Artist Showcase 4 at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Choreographers from otherworldly locales such as Salt Lake City and Austria competed, plus there were exhibitions by local synchro skaters and also 2011 national champion Ryan Bradley, seen here in his "Doublet Your Pleasure, Doublet Your Fun" program and here in his winning short program.I really had no idea … [Read more...]

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Halloween Skating 2013

I know you've been waiting for it! Previous years here, here, and I also posted this one year.Gregory and Petukhov do sexed-up, props-based steampunk anti-Gnosticism:Todd Eldredge is a mummy:This is the only thing I've ever described as "a bit too German avant-garde for me":It's always Swan Lake somewhere... and this one, from Sasha Cohen, is ferocious and dramatic and dark:And last, the greatest Carmen program ever skated: … [Read more...]

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“Sharp Edges”: 1989 Documentary on Tonya Harding

Startlingly raw in its discussion of her family problems. Lots of fascinating backstage/practice footage. … [Read more...]

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Interview with a Sports Psychologist

Posting it here in case other people also find it fascinating! I'm going to try to use some of this to deal with my own self-defeating or anxious tendencies. … [Read more...]

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Sublime skating for Easter

I could watch this every day. So beautiful and poignant. … [Read more...]

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Yes, I’ll probably do this again next year.

Happy (belated) birthday, Christopher Bowman. Once again I missed posting this on his actual birthday, March 30, but... well, nobody's perfect.Last year I gave you some of my favorite videos of his skating. I also wrote a bit about why I love him so much here. This year you get one of my favorite versions of his "Hollywood nightclub act" short program, all kitschy pasteboard sexuality. Musical, full of personality, without the frantic neediness this program sometimes had. His giant thrilled … [Read more...]

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Happy birthday, Nina Simone!

Johnny Weir skates to "Feeling Good." … [Read more...]

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