Holiday Festival on Ice - St. John's, NL - Nov. 30, 2011
written by Lesley
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - cast minus Shawn who was the first solo.
The Canadian tenors sang from entrances in the stands, each at a
different one while the skaters all took turns coming out and doing
small solos and then group sections. Girls were in silver, boys I
cannot recall but want to say dark colour? Jeff and Joannie did sbs 2
axels. Kimmie and Ryan attempted sbs 3 toes but she fell out of
hers. Kurt was going for a 3 loop but doubled it. Choreography had
some very nice moments to it with lots of arm movements in sync with
the music and some subtle nuances as well. Really enjoyed this
Everything is Cool at Christmas Time - Shawn
Great highlight moves. He's brought the biellman back and kept his
signature spin as well. He has a 1/2 mohawk now which was cool. Great
backflip and nice jazzy feel to the program. Black and red
outfit. Jumps if I'm recalling correctly included a 3 flip and I think
Rolling in the Deep - Kimmie
Others may feel differently but this was my least favourite
number. She had a lovely dark purple/blue dress and it seemed well
choreographed but she was quite slow and there was a disconnect with
her and the audience. My great-aunt felt it too especially coming
after Shawn who had the place rocking. Her jumps were a struggle. She
2-footed her 3 toe and her 2 axels were quite laboured and
White Christmas (Michael Buble version) - Sinead and John
Love this number! She was in a white sparkly dress and he was in a
Bogey type outfit. It reminded me of a SD without the golden waltz
part. It had a NTSLST and some lovely highlight lifts as well as tons
of waltz hold. It was a very light feeling number that was very well
New York, New York - Ryan Bradley
One smile and the audience was his. Backflip landed on one foot with
extension and a couple of triples, toe was one, blanking on the
other. Lutz maybe. He was made for events like this and the crowd ate
Show Me How you Burlesque - Joannie
Great jumps. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come back to the competitive
world!!!!! She was fantastic and the crowd loved it. This program
doesn't stop and she puts everything into it.
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Jeff
Botched the lutz and the 2 axel was eeked out but this is a great Jeff
number and the crowd loved it. I saw this at SOI in April and it
didn't do anything for me then but I loved it last night. I feel
completely different about this program now.
Christmas Time is Here - Kurt
instrumental piano piece with tons of footwork and a shout out to old
school figures. Fell on a 2-axel but didn't do re-take as he acted out
of it and liked it that way. Simple outfit. I really enjoyed this as
it was old school Kurt in some ways. Easily the fan favourite of the
The Prayer - Sale and Pelletier with Canadian Tenors
This was a great number and classic Jamie and David. Their outfits
were very similar to Roca and Sur's when they did this number.
This Christmas - Sean Jones
Sang, no skating
Awake my Soul - Sinead and John, Jamie and David
I loved this number. They were dressed in deep purple and had some
wonderful choreography timed perfectly to the music. I hope this one
is shown as it was almost trance-like. They would separate and do
their own lifts but then would come together and do sbs steps that
just flowed from one end to the other. It was great!
Rockin' and Rollin' on Christmas Day - Ryan
Typical Ryan Bradley. Flashy smile, backflip, loud shirt
What Child is This - Kimmie
White dress with gold trim and wing accents. Much better than the
first for audience connection but jumps are just not there.
Exogenesis - Sinead and John
Love this number!!! So happy they kept it. Take out the step sequences
and add some highlight moves. It was fantastic!
The Mad Hatter - Shawn
repeat comment from above...backflip replaces the 3 axel. Audience got
to its feet.
Let's Go Crazy - Jamie and David
Complete opposite of the Prayer. This had all the highlight moves and
standing O was given.
Ave Maria - Jeff with Canadian Tenors
Here is where I cried. Wore his Nimrod outfit. The subtleties in his
movement with the music is unmatched. I was speechless. Another
the Perfect Gift - Joannie with Canadian Tenors
I cried again. Wore her pale pink dress from Summertime. The lyrics
were very emotional and at the end she didn't take a bow and mom said
the look on her face said she was emotional too. Had to re-do a
salchow in the re-takes. She is just amazing and everything she does
is so strong.
Your Moment is Here- Kurt with Canadian Tenors
This was my favourite solo of the night. Kurt was just so free on the
ice and until a botched 2 axel at the end was like he couldn't put a
foot wrong. 3 salchow and a couple of 3 toes. He just put everything
into it and at the end got on the stage and sang the end of the
O Holy night - cast
Stunning...it just built to the end with everyone getting a solo and
then coming together. a must see!