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