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MAY 27-JUNE 1
It was 1977, the Ice Capades were in town, and John was 5 years old. The Capital Centre was filled to capacity with boisterous children impatiently rocking in their chairs and their bell-bottomed mothers wiping candy-apple goo off sticky baby faces. John, particularly pensive for such a tender age, quietly waited at his perch on his father’s shoulders, brimming with anticipation. As the lights dimmed, Dorothy Hamill, Olympic champion, took to the ice, ethereal in every movement, exquisite in every turn. Her program built to the highlight of the evening: her trademark spin, the Hamill Camel. With her long, tanned legs, body-hugging leotard, and bright smile, Hamill glided along the glassy ice, seeming to perform solely for John. “Feelings happened inside me for the first time,” he now remembers. “Dorothy was my prepubescent hottie.” Hamill (pictured center, with co-artistic directors Tim Murphy, left, and Nathan Birch, right) performs with Baltimore-based skating company the Next Ice Age in a program that integrates figure skating with ballet and modern dance. At 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center Opera House. $24-47. (202) 467-4600. (Elisa Nader)