Today we celebrate our annual milestone in my utter inability to at least partially recover some semblance of interest in something other than Johnny, as the enduring and much-loved blog tagline says. And we’re doing so with a huge and brightly colored splash of exclusive photos and video that showcases not only Johnny’s extraordinary gift on the ice, but also his incredibly infectious sense of fun. This series, shot at Sun Valley rehearsal last summer, wonderfully conveys one of the most striking things about Johnny as a person: though at heart he is a self-described introvert, he is hilariously engaging to be around. The minute he glides onto the ice, there’s no doubt about it: The Fun Has Arrived.
Please enjoy this peek at Johnny in a very good mood: cracking everyone up; taking time to chat with fans; playing tricks on the venerable elder statesman of skating, the fantastic Richard Dwyer; and even so, still getting in some serious rehearsal work. This gorgeous series makes me smile every time I scroll through it. The accompanying videos are the perfect go-to anytime you need to be reminded that there is still an abundance of beauty and kindness and joy and love in this world. It’s a reminder I’ve needed more and more in recent months.
Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to read here for the past seven years, to all who have sidled up to me at random times / places / events to gasp with kindred-spirit delight, “Are you BINKY?! Ahhhhhh I feel like you totally get me!”, and to every person who has ever contacted me to say, “OMG I LOVE YOUR BLOG.” You have all made the last seven years infinitely worthwhile.
And as always, thank you especially to dear Johnny, who skated across my computer screen a little more than seven years ago and changed everything. My life is forever a more beautiful place because you are in it. ❤️
All of the pics below are pleasingly huuuuuge. Please click any photo to open it in a separate window and admire it in all its full-size glory.
Johnny with Sun Valley on Ice choreographer Stephanee Grosscup, who is attempting to very seriously explain the steps involved in the show’s final group number to Johnny, who is not a big fan of group numbers or seriousness.
The final group number was set to Andy Grammer’s ‘Good to Be Alive,’ which also turned out to be the perfect choice for this Johnny rehearsal montage. Please especially enjoy the interaction with Richard Dwyer beginning at about 2:46, in which Johnny inserts himself — much to Richard’s surprise — into Richard’s special program, skated with four ladies who represent the four seasons.
Johnny helps calm a random puppy at rehearsal. Please apply liberally whenever you need emergency cuteness.
And also: national treasure Richard Dwyer’s wonderful performance in that evening’s show.
GET TIX NOW TO SEE JOHNNY IN APRIL
Back by popular demand: Johnny is once again starring in the annual spring show hosted by his home rink, the Skating Club of Wilmington. This year’s two-day event is happening Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, with a special meet-n-greet with Johnny scheduled for Saturday morning. Show info/tickets here; meet-n-greet info/tickets here. Don’t miss this chance to meet Johnny and see him perform live!
AND TUNE IN APRIL 16 TO SEE HIM ON USA NETWORK!
Exclusive photos © David Keyser.