Making Progress

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 12:42 PM
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Battle of the Blades with Kelly Chase
Making Progress
We’re just a few weeks from starting Battle of the Blades, so we’re in our final weeks of preparation here in Toronto.

I get to go back home to St. Louis on the weekends and spend time with the family, but I leave for practice and rehearsal on Monday mornings and spend the entire week working on routines and learning how to be better prepared for the show.

It’s funny…we work with our skating coach and our choreographer, and I have to just skate away and laugh sometimes because the choreographers are so entertaining. These guys are holding my hand and telling me to be more dramatic. Their constant messages is to be more theatrical.

You have no idea how my emotions would get carried away if I was still in my playing days. If my buddies could see me working with the choreographer, they would just be shaking their head. It’s entertaining, I can assure you.

But we’re making progress. People that have seen snippets of the show are impressed with how myself and the rest of the former NHLers are skating. You start to get more comfortable and get used to it, and I think it allows you try some things that you maybe wouldn’t have done a few weeks ago. If I can just put a good showing in and look happy, my friends and family might just be able to accept me back after seeing me figure skate.

I’ll have more stories to share throughout the rehearsals leading up to the show, so check back soon. You guys wouldn’t believe some of the hilarious stuff that happens when you try to teach hockey players how to figure skate.

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