Ice, ice baby

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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.

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