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‘Next Ice Age’ skating shows nightly this summer at hotel

(June 21, 2013) Ice skaters representing the Baltimore-based company, “The Next Ice Age,” are performing to music from the 1960s during their summer program at the Carousel Hotel and choreographer Tim Murphy called it “the most up-tempo show” they’ve ever done.

“We’re going back to the ‘60s where I usually live,” said Murphy, who created the company with Nathan Birch. “It’s happy, feel-good stuff and really high energy.”

Murphy said the five performers skate to songs including “My Guy” by Mary Wells, “Stand by Me” and “Save the Last Dance for Me” by Ben E. King and “Way of Love” by Cher. Murphy said they skate to a few songs from the 1970s, as well.

The shows kicked off June 12 in the 118th Street hotel and are presented nightly at 6:30 p.m. for 10 weeks. Murphy said the show is in its 13th year and that a new performer is adding “a whole new dimension.”

“Robert is the first guy we’ve ever had and he’s really bringing down the house every night,” Murphy said. “He really turned out great.”

Robert Korycinski, 19, of Silver Spring, Md., is the first male skater to perform in the show. He said Murphy and Birch train him for competitions and asked him to be a part of the show this year.

“I really like the show because it’s so different from competitions,” Korycinski said. “It’s not restricted by rules and you can really just do it for fun. You become one with the audience. I love the experience.”

Korycinski, who has been skating for 11 years, said “I Was Made for Dancing” by Leif Garrett is his favorite song in the show. He said he likes the “disco-y” feel and being able to perform “crazy dance moves.”

“I love the freedom of being on the ice,” he said. “You go so fast and it feels so cool doing tricks on a quarter-inch blade. You can dance for so many years and still not master everything. I love going every day and mastering new things.”

The show features veteran Megan Marshall, 21, of Newark, Del. and newcomers Rachel Jones, 19, of Laurel, Md., Holly Alexander, 19, of Wilmington, Del., Meredith Pipken, 19, of Elkton, Md. and Korycinksi.

Both adults and children can enjoy the 30-minute show and admission is free. Murphy said the company is celebrating its 25th anniversary and will be holding special performances for that as well.

Audience members are invited to meet the skaters after the show for photographs and autographs. For more information or to make reservations, call 410-524-1000.

Performing this season for The Next Ice Age skate company are, from left, Rachel Jones, 19, of Laurel, Md., Holly Alexander, 19, of Wilmington, Del., Robert Korycinski, 19, of Laurel, Md., Meredith Pipken, 19, of Elkton, Md., and Megan Marshall, 21, of Newark, Del.

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