Sun Valley Skating Part II

by Mary on October 18, 2014

I wish more of Sun Valley on Ice had been videoed so I could show you this fun Ghostbusters number with my ice dance coach Ty Cockrum. A prime motivation for me to visit Sun Valley was to see Ty in the show and get some lessons with him, I miss him when he’s gone!

More great skaters and programs from Sun Valley on Ice:

Ryan Bradley: His music, Avicii’s Wake Me Up, is one of my favorites of the recent hits  (my son tells me ‘everyone loves that music’) but it can’t be easy to skate to. Ryan pulls it off with his musicality and amazing footwork. I especially like the footwork starting at 2:20.

Ryan Bradley at Sun Valley

Ryan Bradley in Sun Valley on Ice

Anita Hartshorn and Frank Sweiding: These two have been skating together for many years. They are older than me and still performing professionally year-round as one of the most entertaining acts out there. Check out their cute and inventive ‘Babies and Bugs’ program:

Anita Harschorn and Frank Sweiding in Sun Valley

Anita Hartshorn and Frank Sweiding in Sun Valley on Ice

Jumpin’ Joe Sabovčík, the 1984 Olympic Bronze Medalist, another skater who is about my age and not only coaching (including at least one adult skater) but performing. His split jumps are gorgeous. I love his soulfulness and of course, his flowing long hair.

Jumpin' Joe Sabovčík

Jumpin’ Joe Sabovčík

Craig Heath: I saw Craig for the first time in the show. He really acts his characters in his show skating and he’s an expert spinner with extremely well-centered spins. Luckily for us adult skaters, he hosted Coffee Club one morning and also taught us a Spin Seminar.

I learned so much from that and from a couple of spin lessons I took from him. He’s a very nurturing coach who has advice for all aspects of the skating life. I have a skating friend who makes it a tradition to get a spin lesson from him whenever she can make it to Sun Valley, that sounds like a great tradition to have!

Craig skated this perky cowboy number for us:

Craig Heath's cowboy number

Craig Heath’s cowboy number

I’d also really love to show you this number Craig skated in the next week’s show, ‘X,’ choreographed by Brian Wright. Thanks to Craig I have gotten to know and love Brian Wright’s choreography.

Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, two-time US bronze medalists in ice dance and a joy to watch, skated for us in the show and also coached during adult skating week.  They had a fun, playful banter going between them and gave really helpful tips on mohawks and three turns. Brent coached a Coffee Club, too, I’m still working on the exercise he gave us for developing more power from forward outside edges.

Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre in Sun Valley on Ice

Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre in Sun Valley on Ice

Think about getting to Sun Valley next year!

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Doreen Pendgracs October 19, 2014 at 1:08 am

Thx for this post. Mary. It looks like a great show! I really enjoy this type of performance with so much variety.
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mary October 19, 2014 at 1:59 am

Thanks Doreen!


Marcia October 19, 2014 at 2:00 am

What a fun show! I’m so happy you shared it here. I love seeing these amazing skaters. Holy wow–Ryan Bradley’s footwork is fantastic!
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mary October 19, 2014 at 2:04 am

Thanks, Marcia, it was indeed very fun. Ryan Bradley is just meant to be a show skater don’t you think?


Eva October 19, 2014 at 11:31 am

How fun! I used to love watching Joe Sabovčík in ice shows (on tv). In fact, he inspired me to name my flute Axel, just like he named his son the same name. I named another flute Blade, in case you were wondering… 🙂
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mary October 19, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Very sweet that you named your flutes! I never thought to name my instrument…


susan // The Wimpy Vegetarian October 24, 2014 at 8:23 pm

What fun! I’ve never been to Sun Valley, but have always wanted to go there to ski. I really enjoyed watching the videos!! Ryan Bradley was amazing!!! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂
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mary October 25, 2014 at 5:37 am

Hi Susan, thanks for taking the time to check it out, I’m glad I could give you a taste of the show. Ryan Bradley IS amazing, I just love that routine of his! And there always has to be a backflip in there when Ryan Bradley is involved….


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