HACKENSACK, NJ -- Ten Pyeongchang Olympians representing five countries gave sneak previews of their Olympic performances for the lucky audience at "Ice Dreams," the Ice House's send-off showcase Saturday night in Hackensack.
2018 Olympic skaters Israel's Alexei Bychenko, Daniel Samohin, Paige Conners, Evgeni Krasnopolski, Adel Tankova and Ronald Zilberberg, Switzerland's Alexia Paganini, Slovakia's Nicole Rajicova, and Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje smiled as they performed alongside the United States' skaters Keita Horiko, Jimmy Ma, Emily Zhang and Robert Yampolsky, and gave performances before the 1,000 person capacity crowd in the Ice House's largest skating rank.
The first to skate was Samohin, followed by Yampolsky and Zhang. Zhang set the tone of the evening with her performance that was set to Fitz and the Tantrums' "I Can Make Your Hands Clap." The musical selection of the evening was mostly 2010's pop or rap songs, with Ma performing to an elaborate electro house remix of "Turn Down for What." Not all of the musical selections were geared toward millennials, however. Paganini skated to John Farrar's "You're the One that I Want," while Bychenko performed to an elaborate remix of "Hava Nagila."
The Ice House showcased not just the Olympians and already accomplished U.S. skaters, but also the NJ Black Diamonds, 2017 and 2018 Eastern Sectional Finalists, and followed the intermission with a skating performance by the Ice House Future Stars, young skaters in training. Also recognized were some 60 Ice House employees, donors and former skaters, who were invited onto the ice.
Founded in 1998 as the American Academy Figure Skating Club and renamed the Ice House of New Jersey Figure Skating Club in 2011, it has provided over $300,000 in skater assistance, stipends and support. It has been a resource for 36 Olympic skaters, and the 10 who will compete in next month's Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics were on hand to show their appreciation, and give the audience more reasons to tune in next month.