“Dreams on Ice” is an annual skating show in Japan which showcases many of the nation’s top skaters and upcoming juniors who represented the country at international competitions the previous season.
This year four shows were held June 24-26 at the Shinyokohama Skate Center in Kanagawa. Despite the shorter off-season caused by the Great East Japan earthquake and the one month delay of the World Championships, many skaters premiered newly choreographed programs.
Miki Ando showed two contrasting exhibition numbers. The first one was to the "Black Swan" soundtrack, where she acted out the role of a deranged ballerina in a fierce black costume.
The second was to an English cover version of the Japanese hit song "Sen No Kaze Ni Natte" ("Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep"), which she performed in tribute to the victims of the Great East Japan earthquake.
Ando was convincing in both programs and was definitely the star of the show.
Skaters who debuted new exhibition programs included Akiko Suzuki who (a Burlesque medley - "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," and "Show Me How You Burlesque"); Kanako Murakami ("Amarti Si" [“We Love You”]) and Nobunari Oda ("I Can See Clearly Now").
Yuzuru Hanyu performed his new free program to the soundtrack from "Romeo and Juliet."
Other stars included Stéphane Lambiel and Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov.
The Aichi Figure Skate Charity Exhibition took place at Howa Sportsland on June 29. Suzuki, Hanyu, Kanako Murakami and other skaters performed at the show.
Miki Ando joined the cast after the show as a special guest to collect donations to restore the skating rinks in the Tohoku area that were damaged by the earthquake.
Akiko Suzuki updated her official blog with backstage pictures from the first day of the “Fantasy on Ice” show in Fukuoka (http://ameblo.jp/suzuki-akko/entry-10941649444.html).
The cast celebrated Johnny Weir's birthday with a cake.
Nobunari Oda revealed in his official blog that the music for his new free program is a jazz version of "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg."
He did not name the music for his short program but explained that it has some bongo rhythm at the end. Canada’s Sebastien Britten choreographed both programs.
And finally, Daisuke Takahashi is in Toronto, Canada this week working on a new short program with David Wilson. Pasquale Camerlengo will craft a new free skating program for the Japanese star.