ice skating

(Aug. 13, 2021) The Next Ice Age skating show is back this summer at the Carousel Hotel on 118th Street.

The show begins daily at 6:30 p.m. (No show on Friday). There is no cost to watch the show, which is open to the public. The performance will run until Sept. 1.

The Next Ice Age is in its 20th year performing in Ocean City. The theme for this year’s show is “Summer Fun.”

“We are bringing the concept of beach fun to the ice,” said Executive Founding Director Nathan Birch. “We will have beach balls and other beach accessories used in the show, which is a lot of fun for the kids.”

The show runs about 30 minutes each night. The cast will perform 70 shows in total over the summer.

Birch and the cast began rehearsing in May. The group practiced for a couple weeks before the live shows started.

“My favorite part about directing the shows is watching them improve from week to week. Being able to see the show’s growth is amazing,” Birch said.

Birch said there is only four currently active artistic skating companies in North America. Of the four major groups, The Next Ice Age was the only one to perform during the covid-19 pandemic last year.

The audiences at last year’s shows were smaller due to social distancing, and the skaters only performed solo acts due to covid-19 regulations. The performers in this year’s show are on the ice together and the audiences have been larger.

“Being able to see the emotions on people’s faces [without masks] is great, which is one of the best parts about being a live performer,” said Artistic Associate Ian Lorello.

Lorello is one of four returning cast members from last year’s show, along with Tess Terpos, Laura Seal and Julia Choi. Wesley Campbell returns this year as a long-time company skater and Isaac Lindy is making his debut with the Next Ice Age.

“All of us have known each other for a long time so we are kind of like a family away from home,” Terpos said.

The audience is able to stand right next to the ice rink, which is different from other live ice dancing shows.

“I love performing here because a lot of other shows there are lights and a big separation from the audience, whereas here we perform right next to the audience,” Terpos said.

Dining is also available rinkside during the show.

The Next Ice Age has been producing shows for over 30 years, as a nonprofit dance company.

For more information about The Next Ice Age and the shows, visit www.thenexticeage.org.

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