Ever since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games ended, Johnny Weir has been making the television rounds. He has turned out to be a witty and popular guest, appearing on such shows as “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “Larry King Live,” “Lopez Tonight,” “The Joy Behar Show,” “Live With Regis and Kelly,” and “Chelsea Lately."
His own reality TV show, “Be Good Johnny Weir” aired on Sundance this past winter (and is still being shown in rebroadcasts). That vehicle put the U.S. star front in center on the pop culture radar and also seems to have brought him a legion of new fans. For those of you who missed the series or want to watch it again, "Be Good Johnny Weir" is available on iTunes.
The 2008 World bronze medalist did commentary work for Universal Sports at the 2010 World Championships, which were held in Torino, Italy. Weir seemed like a natural critiquing routines in all disciplines.
But lately the three-time U.S. champion (2004-06) has gotten back to the sport from which all his new-found fame originated — figure skating.
Kings on Ice
Weir is fresh off several appearances in Russia (with Evgeni Plushenko’s Kings on Ice tour, which also features Stéphane Lambiel and Brian Joubert). "[It's a] beautiful, sunny day in Saint Petersburg. So excited for the Кароли Льда show tomorrow. I love seeing a billboard with my photo on it!" Weir tweeted on March 29.
Weir will headline “Ice Dreams” tonight (April 1) at 7 p.m. at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Ill.
Weir and reigning U.S. champion Rachael Flatt will fulfill the dreams of 100 Chicago-area junior skaters as they perform get the cnace to perform with the two U.S. elite skaters. Also participating in the show are f2006 Olympians, ice dancers Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov as well as 2008 and 2009 U.S. pairs champions in pairs Rockne Brubaker and Keauna Mclaughlin.
“Ice Dreams” will be hosted by the legendary Dorothy Hamill, the 1976 Olympic champion, and will showcase the medal-winning talents alongside the skaters of tomorrow in a two-hour spectacular. The 100 children and teens were selected in an American Idol-type search at four casting-call events in the Chicago area.
“Ice Dreams is simply that — a chance to make dreams come true for young skaters —performing alongside their Olympic heroes,” said Tara Modlin, president of Fireworks Sports Marketing, the producer of "Ice Dreams."
“Olympic dreams start every day at ice rinks across the world, and Fireworks is lucky enough to see young skaters become champions," Modlin said. "And who knows, maybe our next Olympian will make their debut performance in Ice Dreams!”
Figure Skating in Harlem Benefit
Weir’s next stop will be Figure Skating in Harlem's annual benefit where elite skaters, television personalities and other pop culture celebrities as well as corporate and community leaders come together for an evening of ice skating at the Trump Wollman Rink in iconic Central Park. Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic champion, is this year’s honoree.
Figure Skating in Harlem provides girls with vital educational and skating opportunities that build self-confidence, promote physical well being and academic achievement. Since 1997, it has served over a 1,000 girls with innovative after-school and skating programs.
Ice Theatre of New York Performance
Then Weir will join Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) to help them open their new season. Opening night, April 29, will feature Weir who will also take part in a cocktail reception with the performers on the Sunset Terrace at Chelsea Piers.
From April 29 to May 1 at Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers, ITNY will present new repertory and celebrate the visions of some of the remarkable choreographers who have shone their brilliance on the Company for many years. The performance will feature Elisa Angeli and Tyrrell Gene in Jacqulyn Buglisi’s “The Dreame” and the Ensemble in Elisa Monte’s “Draughtsman’s Contract” and Alberto Del Saz’s “La Revolte des Enfants.” The ensemble will also perform this season’s new works, “Dare Greatly” and “Primavera," both choreographed by ice choreographer Douglas Webster.
Two-time U.S. ice dance bronze medalists Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre will be joining Ice Theatre's Ensemble for the home season. They are freshh off participating in the World Figure Skating Championships in Torino, Italy and several other shows, such as "An Evening With Champions."
Founded in 1984 by Moira North, Ice Theatre of New York seeks to change the face of figure skating by creating works that integrate the sensibilities of contemporary dance, music and art. Through its performances in both traditional and alternative venues, ITNY presents on-ice dances that challenge the perceptions and conventional definitions of figure skating.
ITNY was the first ice dance company to receive dance program funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition to building and performing works of artistic merit, ITNY also reaches out to the next generation of skaters and audiences through its exemplary education, community outreach and training programs.