I look forward to seeing Stars on Ice every year. The 2017 Stars on Ice Tour In Dreams is celebration of dreams and shows off the achievements of this talented group of figure skater’s dreams and hard work. Stars on Ice is known for their amazing group numbers, dazzling costumes, great choreography and cast of elite skaters. It would be impossible for me to tell you all the things I love about the show, you’ll have to see if for yourself. But here’s a look at some of my favorite performances that you’ll catch in Stars on Ice In Dreams.
Ashley Wagner’s (interview just added) “Exogenesis: Symphony, Pt. 3”
I’ve loved this program all season and it was a thrill to see it in person. I love that Stars on Ice gives skaters a chance to say goodbye to a beloved program from the season. Ashley’s grace, elegance and that killer silver dress take this program to perfection.
I always have at least one group number that I just adore. This year it was hard to pick between the elegant tribute to the late Jef Billings or this funky 80’s feel program to “Bright Lights” skated by Jeremy Abbott (see recent interview), Gracie Gold (see recent interview), Adam Rippon(see recent interview) and Ashley Wagner. I loved the light up elements of their costumes and the music was just so catchy.
Meryl Davis & Charlie White’s “Adagio for Strings”
This program was classic Davis & White, it was emotive, elegant and beautiful. Watching their jaw-dropping lifts and their connection to music is still as magical as when they won their Olympic medal several years ago. The music and the movement reminded me so much of Gordeeva & Grinkov interpreted as ice dance, which I found fascinating.
Gracie Gold’s “Golden”
Our favorite golden girl skated one of the loveliest numbers that we’ve ever seen her skate. This powerful, determined ballad about inner strength was encouraging and so good for all the young girls (and older girls too) in the audience. The footwork and spins were winsome and poignant in the beauty.
Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donahue’s “Stand By Me”
I’ve been in awe of their skating this season. I love the music and costumes that they use, but I truly adore their organic, stirring movements. The shapes that they create with their bodies and the moments they create in programs are truly magical.
If you are a figure skating fan, then you can’t miss the Stars on Ice tour this year. And take your friends too! This next season of figure skating is going to be so exciting because of the Olympics and why not help your friends get as obsessed with skating as you are? Hello, who do you think got RJ to become such a figure skating fan? That was me!
You won’t be able to stop yourself from smiling, clapping and dancing in your seat, so make sure you don’t miss Stars on Ice In Dreams.
Kari Liked: I liked so many numbers, but I couldn’t list them all here.
Kari Didn’t Like: Some of the lyrics to some of the songs were inappropriate for some of the tweens in the audience. It was uncomfortable for me, as a matter of personal taste, and definitely not good for the impressionable skater girls.
It’s hard to believe that it’s time for the Stars on Ice tour to come through again! This years show In Dreams is about aspirational goals and the journey that takes you towards them and changes you forever in the process. As always, there some some great skating this year, but that isn’t to say the show isn’t without its missteps either, here’s some of my favorites, and a little bit about everything else too.
Adam Rippon’s “Diamonds”
I found it very moving, and flowed very well. If he wanted to turn this into a competition program like he’s done before, I could see this working very well for that as well.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates’ “Tango”
You could really feel their connection in this performance. I liked their “Under Pressure” more than I did in competition this year, but this number was the real star for them in my opinion. I loved the use of the chair as a prop.
Karen Chen’s “Butterfly Lovers”
As you may be already suspecting, I love props in show skating. So when Karen Chen used a pair of fans for “Butterfly Lovers” by Lu Si-qing, I was mesmerized. I loved how she would use them to show different elements of being a butterfly, and then closing up the fans for her jumps or more complicated choreography was just fascinating. I loved this number.
Ashley Wagner’s “Handclap”
She was dressed like someone directly out of a comic book for her skate to “Handclap” by Fitz and the Tantrums. I loved how she pulled in the audience for all the clapping, and the childlike glee she brought when clapping while skating on center ice. It was really fun.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s “Sax”
One fun fact about both Meryl Davis and Charlie White is that they have a huge love of hip hop. “Sax” by Fleur East put that love on full display, and showed a sharpness and technical level of expertise that is rarely seen even in competition. This number left me thinking what a shame it was that they decided not to compete in the Olympics, because they really are still one of the greatest teams in the sport.
The finale was good as well, Gracie Gold in particular did a beautiful spin that had me wondering just how long she had been spinning it went on so long.
It’s safe to say there was a lot I liked about Stars on Ice In Dreams, but there were some disappointments as well. There were times that the theme seemed muddy and instead shifted more to a dreamworld kind of feel instead of dreams as an aspirational idea. The use of hoods and masks felt a little forced to me, and I didn’t understand what it added to the performances. My biggest problem though was the over all appropriateness of the music this year. While never perfect, this year featured a lot more profanity, and rudeness towards God than usual. I know these shows aren’t billed as all ages, but I would hope they would be aware that there are a lot of families in the audience and they should work towards being sensitive to that.
RJ Liked: If I had to pick a favorite it would probably be “Sax.” I love Davis and White so much, but there’s a lot of other skating that was enjoyable as well.
RJ Didn’t Like: The musical choices this year.
For more information and to purchase tickets for this year’s tour, click here. The 2017 Stars on Ice In Dreams tour is currently playing in cities around the U.S. Don’t miss your chance to see Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Adam Rippon, Jeremy Abbott, Meryl Davis & Charlie White and more!
(We were provided with complimentary media tickets for this review, however all opinions are our own. All images belong to The He Said She Said Experience and may not be used without permission.)