Earlier this week, in honor of Dick Button's new book, I featured an interview I'd done for my own book, Inside Figure Skating, about more or less all the behind-the-scenes dirt you wanted to know about professional skating - but didn't know whom to ask (read it, here).
Now comes more news from the skating and dance world.
Dick Button, along with with Dorothy Hamill, JoJo Starbuck and others will be part of a panel discussion on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Dance on Ice program.
Last year, Dance on Ice introduced the innovative work of the Ice Theatre of New York through a historical perspective, focusing on the development of ice dancing. This year, Olympian and U.S. National Pairs Champion JoJo Starbuck will look at the modern day movement of artistic ice ensembles, in particular the John Curry Ice Dancers, with excerpts from his ground-breaking spectaculars and TV specials such as “The Snow Queen” and including his amazing Fred Astaire routine. ITNY’s founder and director Moira North and artistic director Douglas Webster will then explore the company’s more recent collaborations, culminating in rehearsal footage and a recorded performance of “Reveries,” choreographed by ballet maestro Edward Villella.
As regular readers of this blog know, The Ice Theatre of NY provided the video for my enhanced Figure Skating Mystery series of books. When you click a link to watch the characters perform, you are really watching the artists of ITNY!
And finally, even more stuff for skating and dance fans to fill their holiday stockings with - the 1958 Omnibus television special, Gene Kelly - Dancing: A Man's Game has finally become available on DVD. Among the guest stars on this never-previously-released special are Mickey Mantle, Johnny Unitas, Edward Villella... and Dick Button!
Get a sneak preview of all the titles mentioned above at the following links: