Before the perfection of performance, first there are hours and hours and HOURS of grueling practices. Since his arrival in Moscow last week, Johnny began prepping to step into the skates of the Snow King 2’s Kai once again, relearning programs from last year as well as mastering new choreography. And that’s how he spent Christmas Day this year, as seen in these exclusive and rather serious rehearsal photos from the lovely Elena Vasileva.
Johnny also has been one of the teachers in Evgeni Plushenko’s master classes, offered during those few elusive hours during which the Snow King 2 cast is not rehearsing or performing…. Bonus pics and video from several master classes are below the picspam.
Johnny and Katrina Gerboldt at practice:
With the massive polar bear ridden by Irina Slutskaya during the show:
The newest member of the Snow King family, Kuma-chan! #снежныйкороль2 by @johnnygweir
With cadets at one of the master classes:
Via Elena Vasileva.
Via Elena Vasileva.
Это не фото, это видео 😀Евгений Плющенко,Бриан Жубер, Томаш Вернер, Джонни Вейр, Катарина Гербольд и кадеты: Ура! С Новым Годом! Снежный Король! 👍😄😍 @plushenkoofficial @johnnygweir @t.verner @katarina_gerboldt #мастеркласс #кадеты #департаментобразованиямосквы #снежныйкороль #мегаспорт #москва by @anais167
And two masters of the ice together:
Снежный Король и Кай. Сегодня Московская премьера “Снежный Король 2” в 18:00! Фото Е. Васильева by @johnnygweir
Johnny & Zhenya at rehearsal
Johnny & Zhenya at master class
From the most recent master class, held on December 29. Johnny appears in the background beginning at about 19:12. As soon as Zhenya realizes Johnny has arrived, he starts yelling for him. I love it.
Johnny and Zhenya’s portion from the video above, with subtitles. The affection and respect these two Kings on Ice have for each other is beautiful. With special thanks to Elena Vasileva for translating!
Very special thanks to Elena Vasileva for the exclusive photos!