Wednesday
Mar072012

Ice Show Sponsors, Program & Goodwill Ads

We are collecting advertisers for our "Celebrating 75 Years" Ice Show. 

Please consider purchasing an ad for your business or pass the information on to perspective advertisers.  

Parents and Grandparents, your skater will be thrilled to have a good luck ad from you in the program. 

For more information please visit this page or download all the information you need. 

Wednesday
Feb292012

2012 Ice Fest is here

Please see our announcement here.  Online registration via Entryeeze is now open.

Wednesday
Feb152012

Mark Jahnke - final blog from Nationals!

Hey guys,

So I'm a little behind the eight ball on sending in my blogs and so I'm actually writing this one as we sit watching the Senior Men warm up three or so days after we actually began competing (and two days after we finished... Yikes!).  So let's just pretend that it's still Tuesday and call it good...

So Tuesday we had our Short Dance, which is a mixture of compulsory dance (in this case, the Cha-Cha Congelado) and free dance elements, including twizzles, two lifts and a side by side footwork sequence.  We did our usual for competition by starting with a good breakfast before heading off to the 20 minute warm-up. We had only spent a little time in the big arena on Sunday for our practice session so we decided to take it slowly so we could get used to the arena.  Skating in a big stadium can be a little scary at first.  My first time in a big stadium was a few years ago at the World Arena in Colorado, which is massive and really tall.  The arena here is a bit smaller, but it's really bright, and the open space is really exciting to skate in.  It's also really cool because there is no glass, and lots of people come to the practice sessions, so there are always people to wow and who clap for everything.  We have even had some school groups coming in, and no matter what we do we hear loud cries of "WOW!" from the back row, which is really cool.

The short dance was later that evening, and it went really well for us.  We got relaxed in our off ice warm-up, where we did most of what we usually do back home.  It's so great to get warmed up off the ice because it means we spend less time getting warm and more time getting comfortable during the short warmup. The best part of the event though was when, right after announcing the names for the warm-up group, they accidentally put on our Cha-Cha music without realizing it.  It was just on the playlist of Latin music for the warm ups, but it was really funny and got us relaxed before we competed.  We skated second in the first warm up, which was earlier than we would have liked, but we took it and skated really well, much better than we had at Sectionals.  Our score was a full three points better, and we earned level 3 on both sequences of the Cha-Cha, which was a big improvement for us.

The next morning, Wednesday, we had our twenty minute warm up for the free dance.  We drew first to skate in the whole event, which was a little intimidating but also exciting, and when it came time to actually compete a lot of people were surprised to see us on the first warm up.  I guess it's good to stand out like that!  Our "Addams Family" free dance got a lot of laughs and applause from the audience, and we saw quite a few of the judges even cracking smiles.  Our scores were only a little higher than sectionals, but we got the same levels as we did at sectionals (2's on footwork and 4's on everything else).  A lot of those points came from our Grades of Execution - we had more pluses than zeroes, and only one minus on our entire sheet, which was awesome.  We were especially proud of the grade for our footworks, which have really improved over the course of the season, both technically and musically.

So, we finished tenth, and it was overall a really fun and amazing experience for both of us.  With a challenging season, from injuries and illness to learning to work together and living in a new city, to be able to go out there as a team and skate the way we did felt so great.  Given the relative brevity of the season, we're excited to see what we can do with the full year we have now to develop.

Until the next competition!
Mark

 

Thursday
Feb022012

1st Show Rehearsal FRIDAY!!!!!

To ALL Skaters registered to skate in the 75th Anniversary show!!!  

Your first rehearsal is tomorrow, Friday, February 3rd at 3:45pm.  

Groups and a rehearsal schedule will be passed out at a short parent's meeting that we will hold in the lobby of OVA. If you are not able to attend the meeting, no worries as the information will also be emailed and will be posted online.  

Let the show begin!!

Monday
Jan232012

Mark's Blog #2 - US Championships!

Hey everyone!

So we got to San Jose in one piece yesterday afternoon after flying all day from Detroit where we have been training.  After checking in at the hotel, the first stop was at registration.  At nationals, you don't just have your name checked off a list and hand in your music.  Your music gets forwarded from Regionals to Sectionals and on to Nationals, so we don't do anything with music.  First, we show a photo ID and get checked off a list.  Then, we have a headshot taken and a credential specially made with our photo and specific backstage access.  Most people end up with awkwardly bad photos because of having just stumbled off the plane, as I did.  After that, we get some Lindt truffles (not too many... The coach was watching), a free pair of guards, an envelope with some schedules and a little medallion.  In years past we also got these really fancy schmancy bags full of things like free pants, water bottles, and last year for some reason we got free chips and salsa.  This year we had to pay for the bags, though, so I didn't get one.

After getting settled we took a spin through the arena where I got lost backstage before taking advantage of the massage therapist to help me relax my back a little bit.  All competitions have a medical staff, but especially at the bigger ones like Nationals you can go and have little things checked out and treated too, which is great to help us feel our best for our practices.

With a little bit of jet lag, my mom and I ended up going to grab some Italian food and crashing at the hotel pretty early because of my early practice today.

Today we had two practices, that one early in the morning and then one around 5:30 in the evening.  The first one was in the gigantic HP Pavilion, which was a ton of fun and really exciting.  I love skating in the big stadiums... There's really nothing quite like it.  We have to project a bit further back into the stands, but having so much open space above us is really cool and brings a lot more energy out.  After the morning session we stayed behind to cheer on our training mates in the Novice Pattern Dance, and they skated the best they could have skated, which was really exciting to see! Our evening session was at the practice rink, which is super super cold compared to the main rink.  It was an intense session with quite a few near misses among the five teams, but overall it was another great session for us.  Things are all feeling really strong and we are in a good, calm, zen place ready to run out, perform and have a great time.

Tomorrow will bring two more practices before we finally get to strut our stuff in the Latin Short Dance on Tuesday evening.  Roxette and I can hardly wait!

I'll keep you posted,
Mark