First Annual Halloween Party



Get Festive This Fall and Celebrate Halloween with
The Next Ice Age!

Join us at our First Annual Halloween Party with Honorary Chairperson Elin Schran and Co- Hosts Nathan Birch and Tim Murphy!

The Next Ice Age exists to inspire and educate audiences with artistic ensemble skating. We are a 501c3 and any donations are tax deductible. If you find our work inspiring, please consider making a donation.

The party will be held

Saturday, October 29th
6-9 PM

at Nathan Birch’s Barn in historic Acton, MA

(If you are traveling from afar, please contact Concord’s Colonial Inn for accommodation)


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450 Main St

United States

Cost and Booking

“Machines” Revival


Hello Friends and Skaters,

I recall many of you came to our taped presentation last year of Men Skating at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD. I was so pleased to see neighbors there a year ago, and I want you to know we are presenting our 2nd Men Skating dance a week from tomorrow on Friday the 16th of October at 3:00 pm, again at the rink in Laurel.

This year we are reviving “MACHINES”, a work originally premiered at our debut performance in 1988 choreographed by Tim Murphy to music by the Eurythmics. The trio will be reconfigured with one local skater, Ian Lorello, and 2 other male professional skaters, Wesley Campbell, who is flying in from London for the project, and Michael Solonoski from PA who skated with us this year during our 10 week Summer Season at the Beach. These extraordinary professionals will be working all week with Tim and myself to perfect this dance which made repeat appearances since it’s debut at the American Dance Festival and at Rockefeller Center.

The open rehearsal will be taped for archival purposes. There is no charge but there will be a suggested donation at the door.

If you would like to learn more please visit our Next Ice Age Facebook page or Also feel free to invite along any friends and neighbors who might be interested in what “Dance on Ice” is all about. Have lunch at Pasta Plus beforehand at 198 and Rt1! Fantastic Italian food!

We thank you all for your support and interest in The Next Ice Age and Men Skating and hope many of you can make it again next week.

Best wishes,

Nathan Birch

The Next Ice Edge Adult Skating Clinic


Enjoy a Stay at the Beach at
The Next Ice Edge Adult Skating Clinic
With Nathan Birch & Tim Murphy

This Clinic is a seminar for adult skaters of all levels that focuses on the technique and education of all disciplines in figure skating including edge work, steps, turns, jumps, spins, dance, and pairs, choreography and performance.

Clinic Directors

The Clinic is directed by Nathan Birch and Tim Murphy and an expert staff of coaches Internationally ranked in Ice Dance and Pairs.


Nathan Birch


Tim Murphy

Guest Coach Ian Lorello

Ian Lorello in his younger days was a student of Tim Murphy’s before pursuing an ice dance career. Ian competed on the Grand Prix circuit for the United States from 2010-2012. He placed 8th at the US Nationals in Championship Dance in recent years. As a boy, Ian was featured in two Next Ice Age performances. Tim Murphy’s “Turn” at the Columbia Festival for the Arts, and in 2001 at the Kennedy Center in the “Steely Dances” also choreographed by Tim Murphy. Ian is trained in ballroom and studies Tai Chi. A native Marylander, Ian recently moved back after a long and successful competitive career, and we are very fortunate to have him on our professional staff!

Ian Lorello

Ian Lorello

Schedule of Events

Wednesday September 23rd
5:30-7:30 pm ~ Wine and Cheese Welcome Reception at the Bamboo Lounge

Thursday and Friday, September 24 and 25
On Ice 8-11 am, break 11-1, On Ice 1-5 pm
(with personalized breakout sessions based on attendee feedback)

Saturday September 26th
On Ice 8-10:30, break 10:30-2, On Ice 2-4 pm 6:00 pm Ocean Front Island Luau!

Sunday September 27th


The Next Ice Edge Adult Skating camp is held at The Carousel Hotel in beautiful Ocean City, MD.  By day, all skating events are held in the hotel’s rink.  After hours, enjoy the indoor pool and hot tub or take a short walk to the beach!

To reserve your room, call 1-800-641-0011 and mention group name “ICE EDGE,” for special rates by September 8th, 2015. Both Ocean Front and Bay Front rooms are available.


If you are flying to Ocean City, the nearest airport is Salisbury-Ocean City Regional Airport (SBY). Once you have booked your flight, please contact us to let us know what time you are arriving, so we can coordinate transportation.

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11700 Coastal Highway
Ocean City

United States

Cost and Booking

Bookings are closed for this event.

“A Class Reunion” Recap

The Next Ice Age marked its 25th Anniversary on Friday, April 11th and Saturday, April 12th in Maryland.  As I look back on the event which was two years in the making, I could not be more pleased.

Our newly elected President, Eric Price, served as the Event Chair overseeing the entire weekend and working closely with co-cairs Amy McPartland, who ran the Friday night reception, and Donna Timlen, who directed our volunteer staff at the rink on Saturday. Most heartwarming was the high level of cooperation everyone involved exhibited for the entire two year period. Company Manager, Lynn Hampton, truly set a tone of calm leading up to the big weekend and we are grateful to her for her ability to both lead and listen.

Event Organizers at Work

At left, NIA President Eric Price with Karen Alstadt. At right, Amy McPartland with Shawn Herne

At the elegant Hotel Monaco in downtown Baltimore, guests were greeted by the current Resident Skating Company all dressed in smart Next Ice Age jackets and tasteful black skirts. As the patrons moved toward the the registration table they were welcomed by Karen and Brian Alstadt. Karen and Brian not only are responsible for our website and our contact, but also NIA New England!

After registering, attendees walked down the grand hall for refreshments as they viewed a video loop of performances and rehearsals from the past quarter century. Meanwhile a pre-reception for VIPs, Sponsors, and the Board of Directors was taking place. Personal interviews and private photo opportunities were a hit. At 7:00 pm the doors opened and the glamorous Paris Ballroom filled to capacity.

Mark Beachy inteviews Brian Boitano

Mark Beachy inteviews Brian Boitano

Special Guests Tenley Albright, Brian Boitano, Kimmie Meissner, JoJo Starbuck, Michael Weiss, and Paul Wylie mingled with present and former Company Members while enjoying delicious passed hors d’oeuvres including one from What Would Brian Boitano Make? – crab and avocado crostini.

Special Guests

Nathan and Tim with Special Guests Tenley Albright, JoJo Starbuck, Kimmie Meissner, Michael Weiss, and Brian Boitano

Emcee Michael Weiss spoke about taking Skating Class as a young boy from Tim and what that meant to him.Then Brian Boitano took the mic and expounded on how fortunate the young Resident Company has NIA as an additional outlet to a conventional skating education. After Brian, Keynote Speaker JoJo Starbuck recapped her history with us dating back to the 70’s when she skated in Boston with Ice Chips, into the 80’s when we all were in John Curry’s Company, and of course into the 90’s with NIA to the present day. Then Tim and I presented gifts to our Honorees Michael James from the Carousel in Ocean City, MD, long time Officers Linda and Bob Brenegan, and accepting for Lisa Webster, Paul Wylie, for Lisa’s generous and immeasurable support.

JoJo Starbuck gives Keynote Address at Friday Reception

JoJo Starbuck gives Keynote Address

No one can light up a room like Tenley Albright! As children growing up at the Skating Club of Boston we got to skate with her and by doing so learned so much about navigating through a crowded ice rink. What an honor it was some 40 years later to have her grace our celebration by her presence.

The evening concluded when her daughter (and our good friend) Elin presented us with a surprise…flowers for us sent from my Aunt and Uncle, Julia and Ray Normand! Tim and I were able to share them as parting momentos to each of the beautiful ladies as they left the reception.

Reception Slideshow

Photos courtesy Kim Zaruba

On Saturday, a shuttle departed the hotel bound for the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD. Patrons were directed upstairs to a scrumptious light fare buffet and to view our Costume Exhibit in the Dance Studio, expertly displayed by Alicia Jackson and Shawn Herne. Each of the designers we have worked with over the years was beautifully represented.

Meanwhile the skaters participating in Class were shown to their dressing rooms and then to their seating area where they were joined by the patrons from upstairs. As the audience assembled, JoJo prepared her opening words of welcome, reenacting her debut role from our 1988 Premiere Performance as guest announcer. The moment was perfect to introduce the original cast, Pamela Gregory, Martha Muth, Tim, and myself , as we skated the first movement of the first dance we ever performed from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” and kicking off the afternoon.

Pictures at an Exhibition

Pamela Gregory, Martha Muth, Tim Murphy, and Nathan Birch perform “Pictures at an Exhibition”

Next a demonstration of our Class Curriculum, “The Next Ice Edge,” was presented as I spoke to the audience about the technique of the exercises they were watching. This was followed by “A Class Piece,” set to Glazunov’s, “The Seasons,” which paid homage to John Curry. After this octet, Tim previewed his new trio, “Short Ride on a Fast Machine,” set to music by John Adams. Explosive and exciting, it served as the ideal counterpoint to the adagio that had proceeded it.

We hold the same high standard with our young resident company as we have with all of the professional skaters we have been privileged to work with for over 3 decades. Most gratifying was hearing comments made by former company members about the polish of our up and coming performers. It is these compliments made by pros like Jared Hoadly, Shellane Mellor Pasquale, Scott O’Neal, Jeff Merica, Andrew Naylor,Julie Patterson, Patrick Brault, Scott Driscoll, and many others, all who travelled from far and wide to be there, which were the most meaningful!

After the performance and while the ice was being resurfaced, close to 150 skaters lined the hallway leading to the Zamboni gate. The largest Skating Class in history ensued as groups of 4 took the ice to execute prescribed exercises from our website (see them here). At the end of the rink each group exited, got back in line, walked down the hallway, and regenerated from the entrance gate. Dance Critic, George Jackson, writes glowingly about this Grande Defile in his April 14, 2014 Dance View Times review.

Seeing former students skating with current students, Professionals with Amateurs, moved Tim and I to tears 30 seconds into the Class. We had never directed that many at once and on the fly like that. At that moment I couldn’t help but think back to the Summer of 1988 when we envisioned The Next Ice Age. These 25 years have been better than our original dream!

2014: A Year In Review


Dear Friends,

At this time, as we approach Thanksgiving, I would like to say “Thank You” for your support. 2014 has proved to be a very exciting year for The Next Ice Age.

Last February, our skating footage was part of Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center. We thank Moira North and JoJo Starbuck for inviting The Next Ice Age to participate in this very special event!

In April we celebrated our 25th Anniversary in Baltimore with a two day event, “A Class Reunion.” A complete and in-depth recap of that event will be up on our website soon so keep an eye out for that here.

Beginning in June, our 10 week Summer Season marked our 14th year at the Carousel in Ocean City, MD, and was the most successful ever. The crowds set records, and all 5 of the skaters were able to perform all 70 shows. The hotel was so pleased they extended our run by a couple of days!

September marked our resident company’s 3rd year performing in the Michael Weiss Foundation show. It was fantastic to be involved with such a great cause again with the Weiss family. They work hard all year for this one show and it pays off!

Our long-time friend and supporter, Lisa Webster, passed away this June. We hold her in high esteem as we honor her life. At a memorial service in Princeton NJ, her son Curtis gave the most loving tribute to his Mom and topped it off the way she would have wanted… a skating show at her rink! We were humbled to join Ice Theatre of New York, Paul Wylie, David Liu, and many others at a very happy and joyful celebration. Lisa will be missed by everyone.

In November we launched a new venture, MEN SKATING . We brought together 6 extraordinary male professional figure skaters for a week long workshop that explored new experimental choreography, the results of which were taped and will be edited and on our website by December! It was a wonderful week and we want to thank Ryan Bradley, Wesley Campbell, Jonathon Hunt, John Kerr, Shaun Rogers, and Rohene Ward.

Just this week, we will perform for the opening of the new outdoor Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. We will help with the programming of performances and donate free lessons to skaters while the rink is in operation this winter. We are opening the outdoor rink in Rockville, MD on December 5th, all are welcome at this event.

On December 20th we help the Gardens Ice House celebrate the season with a special show combining all of the different figure skating elements that go on at the rink. This is now an annual event as is the one at the end of Summer School. We will be back at the Carousel over New Year’s Eve, so please stop by if you’re at the beach!

In the 2015 Spring and Summer, we promise to be quite active as well. It goes without saying that all this programming is made possible by the generous contributions from friends like you. Please make The Next Ice Age your choice when considering donating to a charitable organization this year. After 26 years we are going strong with outreach, education, performances, and new ventures supporting the art of ensemble skating. Your help is needed to sustain and grow the many programs we offer. Please come to our events, and when you do, come over and say hello. We love meeting new people and rekindling with old friends.

You can donate via PayPal on our website or you can send a check to our mailing address at PO Box 65127 Baltimore, MD 21209.

On behalf of our President, Eric Price and our entire board, we thank you for your support.


Nathan Birch and Tim Murphy
Founding Directors

JoJo Starbuck Gives Keynote Address at The Next Ice Age Class Reunion

JoJo Starbuck Keynote Address

“When I first worked with Nathan and Tim, I was in Vail Colorado with John Curry’s Company. John had been invited to present his company at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC and also at the Kennedy Center in Washington. No one had ever heard or done such a thing as this with skating before! John’s Company had performed on London’s West End, at New York’s Felt Forum and at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. But The Met? This was unheard of!

John Curry had just invited Nathan and Tim to join the company. There was such excitement as we gathered in beautiful Vail, Colorado to create new repertoire for the Met! This would be their professional debut! Tim and Nathan were both a nervous wreck! As were the other new company members, such as Lori Nichol, Editha Dotson, Lea Ann Miller, Billy Fauver, David Santee and of course, Dorothy Hamill. I immediately felt a motherly instinct to take Nathan and Tim under my wing as they embarked on their professional journey.

As you may have heard legend tell it, John was like a diamond with many faucets…brilliant, warm, funny, shy, reserved, cold and even cruel. He had a vision, which drove him to Olympic Gold. But now, in this pinnacle moment for his Company, he was relentlessly intent on this new wave of skaters understanding this vision and helping him take it to new places. Tim and Nathan were meticulous students. They hung on every word and studied each nuance John shared. It could be an emotionally tough journey, but they jumped on with vigor and became the backbone of talent with which John could shape his new works of art.

One important thing John inspired, which I had never quite sensed in my skating career before, was that skating….this kind of skating was sacred…every bit of it. Nothing could be taken for granted…not an edge, not a 3 turn or even a look. A series of shanay turns would be treated with as much reverence as a triple jump.

Way before Moves in the Field were in existence, John demanded that the control of edges and steps to your left be done as beautifully to your right. His approach to music, space and choreography, and that of the choreographers he brought to the ice, such as Eliott Feld, Laura Dean, Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp and Lar Lubovitch, rang with such beauty and honesty, there was no going back to skating as they had known it before. It’s as if we were changed beings on a magic carpet ride.

Years later, when John’s company ended, Nathan and Tim were clearly committed to this beautiful journey and had to find a way to continue it and to share it. Fortunately, here in Baltimore, they found a willing team of skaters and parents who “drank the cool aid” too! They sacrificed and worked to continue this glorious vision of where skating could go and what it could be. That’s when a new wave of skaters caught the vision…and that’s why we’re here tonight, celebrating 25 years of creating magic and beauty.

I believe that God gives each of us gifts in abundance, but to keep them, we must be good stewards of those gifts. John Curry certainly was, as he launched a vision of what skating could be. And many who were so fortunate to be on that ride, have planted those seeds for decades. I’m thinking of the skaters trained by Dita Dotson, the work Lea Ann Miller brought to Stars on Ice and countless television specials, the choreography that Lori Nichol brings to skaters from Michelle Kwan to Gracie Gold, and of course the work Dorothy Hamill, Tim and Nathan did with the Ice Capades. All of these people and this work had their initial inspiration from John Curry’s Company. If you look at their work over the years, you can see the thread being carried through and woven into each piece of work.

But it was Nathan and Tim whose fortitude, passion, (and probably insanity), led them to bring us The Next Ice Age. This company has and will carry on John’s vision perhaps more than anything else.

Now, to truly be a good steward of those gifts you’re given, you must bring something of yourself and keep it growing. Nathan and Tim, with their breathtaking choreography for ensemble skaters, for soloists and for teaching have done just that.

It’s not just enough to present breathtaking performances at the Kennedy Center. For skating to be received and respected as a dance form, it must be a movement with an educational foundation…. A foundation, which is gives us more than an occasional shooting star capturing everyone’s attention.

The Next Ice Age is creating the brilliant, unforgettable performances, yes, but they are also putting a foundation underneath it, which will carry it for 25 more years, they are building a foundation of skaters which will create choreography that others won’t have the depth to create, a foundation that will raise up coaches to keep beautiful skating alive, a foundation to be the archetype and standard for what can be on the ice.

In Sochi, there was a lot of beautiful skating. But there were so many moments that made me cringe and long for different rules,…for programs with a vast array of elements, not the same things in almost the same order to different music. It made me grateful to know that The Next Ice Age is a very present icon in the sport and art of figure skating. The Next Ice Age is here to teach, to build, to create, to light the way, to explore, to break ground, to break the mold, and to pass forward what has been passed onto us. So to everyone here who has been involved and who has supported The Next Ice Age, it’s art and it’s education, thank you.

On behalf of hundreds of skaters and thousands who have enjoyed your work, Tim Murphy and Nathan Birch, I want to thank you for being such great stewards of all you have been given. From those early years in Vail, to the tours, weather we were in some empty, dark, freezing arena in Canada or the dazzling stage of the Kennedy Center, weather we were at Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo, in a shopping mall in Dubai or skating around blue fissures of glycol in the ice at the Royal Albert Hall in London, you have carried the vision and are passing it forward.

Regardless of the sacrifices and cost, you have been amazing performers, teachers and inspirations for so many. So Tonight we celebrate to you Nathan and Tim, I think I can speak for all in this room tonight, and legions more, when I say we are grateful, I’m sure John is “quite pleased”, and we can’t wait to experience the next 25!”

~ JoJo Starbuck
April 11th, 2014