The (Un)Glamorous World of Figure Skating Show Rehearsals

Our Sun Valley coverage continues with another glimpse of the skating world beyond the dazzling three or four minutes that we see Johnny on the ice in a show.

Before that moment ever happens, there is endless rehearsal time, alone and with other cast members of whatever show he’s starring in. It’s humbling to see how hard all these skaters work to entertain the rest of us, and how much they love what they do.

And thanks to Johnny’s unbridled spirit and sense of humor, a lot of that rehearsal time is also pretty dazzling.

As mentioned previously, he didn’t make it to Sun Valley in time for the regular early-afternoon outdoor rehearsal, so instead fans got to watch the indoor preshow warmup. Johnny arrived first and was briefly alone on the ice, and then, as the rest of the cast trickled in, Sun Valley on Ice lead skater Ashley Clark—who is awesome—taught him the basics of the finale number for that evening’s show.

Or she tried to, anyway.

While Johnny is surely one of the most apt pupils on the ice, he’s also one to take every moment and make it his own—no matter how exhausted he is—and crack up everyone else along the way. You may have noticed this if you’ve ever seen footage of him doing anything at all.

So below we have some photos of this whole process, plus extra-long HD video (two clips in one! Because I just couldn’t leave anything out!). And while he seems a bit more subdued toward the end, when the group rehearsal is over and he’s very focused on doing his own thing, he’s still absolutely amazing.

Please enjoy both the lolworthiness and beauty that follows, and may it tide you over until Evening With Champions coverage starts rolling in…


Ashley explains how the finale works, while Johnny is … Johnny.

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OK! The group thing is done, and now it’s every skater for himself for a few more minutes of warmup time…

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VIDEO!


This is possibly more fun than should be legal. Warning: it’s about seven minutes long. But fellow Sun Valley aficionado Chris Krafft assures me that that’s not too much…! And the ending is wonderful.
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BONUS PICS

Johnny and Ashley.

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NEW!

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JUST ANNOUNCED:Johnny will once again be competing in Medal Winners Open on January 15, 2016, in Osaka, Japan! He’s also starring in New Year on Ice in Osaka that weekend, January 16 and 17. Very happy for Johnny’s Japanese fans, and so excited to see him compete again at MWO! For photos and video of Johnny in last year’s competition, please see this post.


REMINDER: GO SEE JOHNNY SKATE! American fans have a cornucopia of opportunities to see Johnny perform this fall! He’s starring in An Evening With Champions again September 18 and 19 (that’s THIS WEEK!). . .

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. . . and he’s also headlining Nancy Kerrigan’s Halloween on Ice throughout October. Both shows offer VIP tickets that include a post-show meet-n-greet where you can get photos/autographs. Don’t miss out!

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Exclusive photos © David Ingogly.


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  1 comment for “The (Un)Glamorous World of Figure Skating Show Rehearsals

  1. chris
    September 15, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I loved every minute of this post….all the color commentary, the pictures & the video – which could never be too long. It is unbelievable that with just minutes to learn the routine & choreography while exhausted he was able to give an amazing and entertaining performance. Thank you for always capturing the spirit of Johnny and sharing with us!

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