If there was ever a Disney film that deserved to be a Disney on Ice show, it’s "Frozen." Ice is frozen, after all.
Characters like Elsa, Anna and Olaf are at the American Airlines Arena to kick-off the show, Wednesday night, but not before Deco Drive’s chief ice skating specialist, Chris Van Vliet, laced his skates to audition for a role in the show.
It’s been exactly one year since I skated — actually, it was the last time Disney on Ice was in town. You could say it felt like the first time in forever.
I had some reservations about getting out there, but I thought "Let it Go."
Disney on Ice brings the magic of "Frozen" to the ice, and you’ll be singing along because I’m sure you already know the words.
Becky Bereswill: "Start to finish, you’ll get to see your favorite characters and all of your favorite songs from the movie."
Bereswill plays Elsa and agreed to teach me one of the dance routines from "Frozen."
Chris Van Vliet: "You see that? That’s what I’ll be learning! I can’t believe it, either."
No, we’ll leave that to the pros. I’ll learn something that involves less spinning — and fewer chances for me to injure someone.
Becky Bereswill: "We are going to teach you the Snowman Dance. And this is the way that we start every show when you come to see Frozen on Ice. We love to get the audience up on their feet and involved."
Chris Van Vliet: "I’m wearing hockey skates right now because I grew up playing hockey. How much will this hinder my skating abilities?"
Becky Bereswill: "We’ve never had hockey skates in the show before."
Chris Van Vliet: "First ever here, wow! So, that’s either going to be really good or horrible."
It really could go either way, but I was relieved to learn the Snowman Dance was relatively easy.
Becky Bereswill: "We’re going to go right, left, right."
Chris Van Vliet: "Do it again, I already messed up."
Becky Bereswill: "So, it’s this: Get the arms and hips going. Then, arms around your middle."
Chris Van Vliet: "I think I need more hip movement here."
Becky Bereswill: "Arms down low, then we spin around."
Chris Van Vliet: "This is where it gets difficult."
Becky Bereswill: "Arms up… looking good."
I figure if Olaf can do the Snowman Dance, then so can I!
Becky Bereswill: "Here we go! Put your arms up high! Come on don’t be shy! Arms around your middle. Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle! Arms down low. Now you’re made of snow! Spin around like a fan and guess what? You’re doing the snowman!"
Chris Van Vliet: "So, you’ve seen my skills, you’ve seen what I can do. Do you think there might be a part for me in Disney on Ice presents Frozen?"
Becky Bereswill: "Maybe if there’s a Frozen 2."
Chris Van Vliet: "Frozen 2! You hear that?!"
"Frozen 2"! More frozen-er! The show debuts Wednesday tonight and runs through Sunday at the AAA. And now it’s time for "free skate!" You can check out the Sunday show at 7:00 p.m. for free.
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