I went to Ice Chips today and it was fabulous. It's amazing how many talented skaters SCOB has. Only one guest star, but they didn't need any more.
Shen and Zhao (of course) - The first routine was a little empty of tricks, so I thought they might be injured or out of training. Their second routine was fabulous, typical huge tricks and a huge throw triple which I missed all but the ending of thanks to a big skank who decided to go sit in the front row at that point and stood in the middle of the aisle. Strangely, a lot of people left early. Anyway, they were amazing and absolutely as gorgeous in person as on TV. My first time seeing them live, so I was really excited.
"Born to be Wild" - A bunch of really tiny little boys riding big wheels on the ice and in biker clothes who then got up and skated. One was so little he could barely skate. Everyone was awing and laughing.
The backflip - Though I see him skate every week, I never seen this. Bennett Gotlieb (intermediate) did two backflips in the show. He was skating fast backward and did the posture which says, I'm gonna do a backflip, and I thinking, no way, then he did it. Of course that got a great crowd reaction.
Not a highlight but funny - The obnoxious non-skating people behind me who gasped at everything and said inane things like, I think he's going to jump, I think he's going to lift her. Then the adult number people came out and the woman says, "Wow, they're really old." OMG. I felt like turning around and saying, yeah, lady, us old people can skate.
The SCOB pairs - Donlan and Speroff, Castelli and Shapnir and a pair I can't remember the name of but who did a very dancy number to a song that was similar to a routine on SYTYCD to edgy music. I'm so glad SCOB has pairs again and these teams are great.
Stephen Carriere - He did Mr. Cellphone and got a huge crowd reaction. There was a whole section of girls just screaming. Where is this personality in his competitive programs? He was fabulous and so on the music, great acting and managed to do some nice spins and triple jumps as well while staying in character. And I absolutely hate that song, so if I enjoyed it, that's saying a lot.
Ross Miner - He did a cantilever in one of the group numbers, love it. His jumps seemed a little wonky, hope it was just the spotlights. Otherwise his skating was smooth Ross.
Cannuscio & McManus - Cute hip hop number. They have really improved. He rotates his dance lifts clockwise, which I have never seen in ice dance.
The novice synchro team - Don't know anything about synchro, but I thought they were really strong for a novice team.
The tribute - A really long and teary tribute to the 1961 World Team. Everyone came out in black with lit candles and they showed crash photos, names of the dead (I never realized it wasn't just a jet full of skaters). I don't like crying in public, so I kind of didn't like it much, LOL. I even heard my husband sniffling.
The show was really packed, way more than usual for the first Ice Chips show. And my favorite discovery (my husband thought this was lame that I was so excited) - the ladies room was totally done over, eight or more stalls now instead of four! I can't tell you how many Ice Chips and EWC I have been doing the gotta go dance outside that restroom!
At $20 a ticket, I don't know why this show doesn't sell out every year. A lot cheaper than Stars on Ice, and IMHO way more entertaining!