Ice Champions Live
Sunday, September 15th
An Evening With Champions
Saturday, October 5th
The Next Ice Age is gearing up for company performances at two different events supporting two important causes.
The first is being produced for the Michael Weiss Foundation Sunday September 15th held this year at The Gardens Ice House, in Laurel, Md and will feature the resident company skating parts of a new work, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
The second is Saturday October 5th at An Evening with Champions at Harvard University which supports the Jimmy Fund. The performance features our professional company in a world premiere entitled, “Triune,” with music by Ravel.
THE NEXT ICE AGE:
A SEASON OF THANKS AND GIVING
As the New Year approaches, we reflect on the highlights from 2012 and look ahead toward what promises to be an exciting season in 2013 with The Next Ice Age.
New Years Eve Performances:
Three holiday shows are slated to take place on December 29th, 30th, and 31st at the Carousel Resort in Ocean City, MD. Moving into our 12th year as partners with the Carousel is an example of the strong business relationships The Next Ice Age organization has forged. Please consider coming down to the Ocean and supporting the local community there in celebration of the New Year.
Recently at the Gardens Ice House, skaters from both the Student and Apprentice companies united to form one troupe of 21, to conduct an open rehearsal for parents and members. The rehearsal started with a Class directed by Nathan Birch but quickly was turned over to three of the skaters to give them each the opportunity to manage a large group on a full ice sheet. Allison Timlen, Sarah Yasenka, and Tess Terpos each took the helm and sailed the skaters through exercises from our certification program, The Next Ice Edge. The Class was followed with a partly improvisational and partly directed building session of new choreography set to music by Alexander Glazunov. The skaters are learning to create choreography and direct that choreography and onlookers got a clear glimpse of exactly how this process works and how it progresses from generation to generation.
Ice Champions Live!
Earlier this Fall the Student Company made an appearance at the Michael Weiss Foundation event in Virginia. Our skaters were excited to share the ice with luminaries like Brian Boitano, Ashley Wagner, Ryan Bradley, Kimmie Meisner, and of course Michael himself. The event raises and distributes funds to young skating talent in need of financial assistance. It’s a great cause and was a lot of fun.
New Advisory Board Formed:
Long time friends to The Next Ice Age have stepped up and formed a board of advisors who will lend an ear and a voice. We are pleased to welcome Paul Wylie, JoJo Starbuck, Meg Streeter Lauck, and Elin Schran to our growing group of ambassadors. We also want to take a moment to recognize and thank George Johnston for his invaluable legal advice and guidance to our organization this year.
Dorothy Hamill, in a strong and continued commitment to the company, has accepted our invitation to serve as our Honorary Chair. We remain humbled by Dorothy’s long time support and belief in our skating agenda, and wish her all the best in the upcoming tour of Stars on Ice! As always, Tim Murphy will be choreographing her new work and will be traveling a bit with Dorothy at the start of the tour.
Our streamlined Board of Directors, Officers, and Staff works harmoniously each day to maintain a calm corporate culture that is efficient and cohesive as mandated in our strategic plan.
Our Mission remains clear:
” The Next Ice Age exists to create, present, and preserve figure skating as a dance form through performance and education.”
2012 Accomplishments and Upcoming 25th Anniversary:
Over the past year the company has grown to 26 skaters, produced 4 new works of choreography, trademarked it’s new educational arm, “The Next Ice Edge,” and presented 75 performances with new costumes. This year in addition to our ongoing rehearsals and performances, we set out to video document the Class curriculum, and update the files of nearly 25 years worth of choreography.
Starting next September the company begins celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary which will culminate in the Spring of 2014 with, “A Class Reunion,” bringing together hundreds of skaters who have learned skills originally taught to us by John Curry in his company.
Now is the perfect time to donate to The Next Ice Age, which is a not for profit, 501 c 3 organization. Your tax deductible contribution will help insure this important work keeps going and growing.
Best Wishes to You this Holiday Season:
With a clear vision and renewed strategy, please support The Next Ice Age, and from all of us here enjoy a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Nathan Birch, Founding President and Artistic Director
Tim Murphy, Founding Vice President and Artistic Director
Lad Falat, Treasurer
Eric Price, Secretary
Denise Cahill, Founding Member to the Board of Directors
Andrea Nunn, Board of Directors
Alan Gibson, Board of Directors
Lynn Hampton, Company Manager
Karen Alstadt, Grant Development
Brian Alstadt, Web Master
The Gardens Ice House
Recently at the Gardens Ice House, skaters from both the Student and Apprentice companies united to form one troupe of 21, to conduct an open rehearsal for parents and members. The rehearsal started with a Class directed by Nathan Birch but quickly was turned over to three of the skaters to give them each the opportunity to manage a large group on a full ice sheet. Allison Timlen, Sarah Yasenka, and Tess Terpos each took the helm and sailed the skaters through exercises from our certification program, The Next Ice Edge. The Class was followed with a partly improvisational and partly directed building session of new choreography set to music by Alexander Glazunov. The skaters are learning to create choreography and direct that choreography and onlookers got a clear glimpse of exactly how this process works and how it progresses from generation to generation
What an honor and a thrill it was for our Student Company to perform at the annual Ice Champions Live show on September 8th, 2012! The show, sponsored by The Michael Weiss Foundation, raises thousands of dollars for deserving applicants who show Olympic potential in the sport of figure skating. Our skaters performed alongside Olympic champion Brian Boitano; World champion Kimmie Meissner; National champions Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Wagner, Ryan Bradley, and Michael Weiss; and many others.
The company’s new dance, entitled Mobyle, to the modern music of Moby, was a real crowd pleaser. We are grateful to the Weiss family for presenting us with such an amazing opportunity to benefit a terrific cause.
The Next Ice Age would like to congratulate Student Company Members Alexis Cruz and Robert Korycinski on their recent high school graduations! We wish Alexis and Robert the very best as they embark on their respective collegiate journeys. We asked our first Student Company graduates about their plans for the future and what they enjoyed most about skating with The Next Ice Age.
Alexis plans to attend Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in the fall. She is undecided on a major but is considering biochemistry, international studies, neuroscience, or international business. Alexis has been skating for about 9 years. She describes The Next Ice Age brand of skating as “one of the most interesting and moving abstract forms of expression to both experience and witness.” She credits The Next Ice Age with improving her presence and grace on the ice, and with teaching her to work with a team. Alexis plans to continue skating recreationally while at Macalester, and hopes to teach private lessons as well.
Robert will attend Tufts University near Boston, Massachusetts this fall. He is considering mathematics, English, and international relations as possible areas of study. Having skated since the age of 8, Robert loves the fact that The Next Ice Age allows him to focus on “the artistry and creativity of skating, which is a nice change of pace from all those rules and points (necessary) for competitions.” Robert feels that his time with The Next Ice Age has helped his technique, edge control, and artistry. He plans to continue to skate with The Next Ice Age in Boston.
Thank you both for your contributions to The Next Ice Age – we hope to hear back from you soon!