Reigning Olympic ice dance silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White will be the headliners at “Ice Chips,” which is an annual show put on by the Skating Club of Boston at Harvard University. The show benefits Children's Hospital Boston, Project Bridge for the Homeless and Girl Scouts of the USA.
There will be three performances: Saturday, April 10 at 1 p.m.; Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m. “Ice Chips” will be held at Bright Arena at the Harvard University Athletic Complex on Soldiers Field Road in Allston, Mass.
Davis and White are also the reigning World silver medalists and the two-time U.S. ice dance champions. They were one of three U.S. ice dance teams to compete at the 2010 Olympic Games and the 2010 World Championships as the discipline has become a high-profile one in America. The duo is also skating with the Stars on Ice tour, which stops in Boston Sunday.
“There are a lot of successful ice dance teams in the U.S. in the past that didn’t get their dues. Having said that I think that U.S. ice dance today is deeper than ever before. We are very happy to be part of it,” Davis said.
Davis and White have enjoyed much success this season. They skate with great speed and precision, and they perform difficult elements that set their programs apart from the other elite ice dancers around the world. They have become well-known for both their Indian-themed original dance (which someone posted on YouTube and to date as had more than 280,700 views) and “Phantom of the Opera” free dance.
Davis and White worked with off-ice Indian expert Anuja Rajendra to perfect their movements for their OD. “It is really exciting, taking on a program like this and then getting such positive feedback,” White said. “It is incredible for a figure skating video to get so many hits. They usually top out at 10,000.”
“The Phantom of the Opera" free dance is a favorite of the duo's, according to White. “It is a very positive piece of music," he said. "It speaks to us strongly.” (There is no word yet what programs they are performing at “Ice Chips” but they are scheduled to skate two numbers.)
Ryan Bradley, the 2007 U.S. men’s silver medalist and a two-time U.S. Collegiate champion (2005-06), is also in the “Ice Chips” cast. Bradley is a terrific performer who usually does a crowd-pleasing back flip in his programs.
The show will also include performances from club members, the club’s ice theatre and synchronized skating teams along with students from the its basic skills (learn-to-skate) programs.
Directed by Sheryl Franks, a U.S. Olympic and World team member in pairs, the opening number is said to be dazzling. Franks was a featured skater with Disney on Ice and is a member of the coaching staff at the Skating Club of Boston.
Individual tickets are $20 with student discounts available. Group rates are also available upon request. Tickets are available at the Harvard Box Office.