Ice, ice baby
Founded in 1937 in Oklahoma, Shipstads & Johnson Ice Follies was a popular touring show that brought Olympic figure skaters and other talent — including Swiss comedy duo Frick and Frack and Sesame Street’s Big Bird — to ice arenas and smaller venues around the country. The early popularity of Ice Follies found Joan Crawford and James Stewart costarring with Lew Ayres, Eddie and Roy Shipstad, and others in the MGM film Ice Follies of 1939. About 40 years after the film’s release, the traveling show merged with Holiday on Ice. Skating Muppets continue to tour the world in big productions under various banners, while less-elaborate and less-expensive Ice Follies-style shows have become increasingly popular at smaller rinks throughout the United States and Canada over the past decade.
At 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, the Santa Fe Skating Club presents its annual show at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center (3221 Rodeo Road, 955-4000). Joining the club’s talent at this year’s show, titled Ice Follies Extravaganza, are 2010 U.S. novice pairs bronze medalists Mandy Garza and Brandon Frazier, the Desert Ice Figure Skating Club, Santa Fe Youth Hockey, national and regional competitor Ayaha Chen, and Santa Fe’s own Mambo Fe Dance Company. Ice Follies Extravaganza is also a tribute to the skating club’s former coach, Frances Dorsey Burke, who died suddenly in July. Dorsey, who skated with the Ice Follies and competed professionally in the 1950s, was known as “Marilyn Monroe on Ice.” Admission to Ice Follies Extravaganza is $10 for ages 13 and up, $6 ages 5 to 12, and no charge for kids under 5.
Who goes up must come down: Mandy Garza and Brandon Frazier come to Santa Fe for Ice Follies Extravaganza; top, Jimmy Stewart and
The Ice Follies of 1939.