Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Brian Boitano, Johnny Weir and Davis and White at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Dec 1 New York

Here is the Official Announcement(my media questions are at the bottom)

"New to the annual Tree Lighting, Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park (New York) presents an original theatrical ice skating show, narrated by Danny Aiello and starring Olympic skating greats: Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano, Johnny Weir and Davis & White.

The Tree Lighting Skate-tacular is a holiday tale about a very special family on the night before Christmas, written for Bryant Park by New York playwright Jon Caren. The show features music from Big Band Holidays, a new album by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The public can skate to live music curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center after the tree is lit."

"WHEN: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
• 6:00 p.m. Skate-tacular begins
• 6:35 p.m. (approx.) Tree Lighting"

"WHERE: Media check-in takes place at the main entrance to the Skating Pavilion, located near the 40th Street entrance to the park. Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in Midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues. "

Personal Comment:  Well, if I was there, I'd get to have actual 'media access'. I know, elderly, adult skater would actually get to ask worshipful technical question of my IDOLS!

Since I'm not going to be there I will not get to ask questions. However if I had media access, here's the questions I'd ask

First questions to Weir, and Davis & White:
1. Boots and Blades
2. ROH
3. How many hours between sharpenings

Questions to Johnny Weir:
1. You used asymmetric costumes and the fur tassel to attract the eye during spins and jumps. Did you believe this made the rotation seem faster, or more visually diverting as oppose to costumes made of solid blocks of black? Was this intended as actual 'science trick' of the eye, or was it an artistic decision?

Question for Davis and White
1. Do you use dance blades? At what level should an ice dancer adopt dance blades?  Is it worth it at Silver level?
2. What kind of physical off ice training did you have to adopt to get that amazing lift? Because that thing looks like it could really pull your shoulders if not done just right and you had really good strength training to support it.

Question For Brian Boitano:
1. Brian Orser no longer jumps. You're only a couple of years younger. First, do you see yourself quitting jumping in the near future? Or do you have any special personal training to keep yourself jump ready?
2. Do you see figures as contributing to strengthening skaters bodies as well as skating skills?

 I'm not going to be there, but if I was, those are the questions I'd ask!

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