Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Former Boss Alice Bechtel Links Up With My Son Joel at Disney On Ice Frozen In Long Beach, 12-31-15!

I worked at the Information Desk and the Candy Counter at Long Beach State's University Student Union when I was going to graduate school from 1980 to 1982... Alice Bechtel hired me after a short interview and she was the most fun boss to work for! 

Anyway, we've kept in touch for all these years and today she and her husband Brent took their grand-kids to Disney On Ice Frozen in Long Beach and they linked up after the show with my son Joel who is in the Ensemble cast! 

Who would have thought when I met and worked with Alice around 35 years ago, that she would link up with my son today!!?? Alice didn't even know until recently that I was a skater!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

More Frozen in Anaheim 12-18-15

I can now state that I've seen Disney On Ice Frozen live TEN TIMES!

On Friday, Anaheim, California was special since me and my dad went to see the show with my former ice dance partner Gary Forman and his family. After the show, my son Joel, who is in the Frozen cast linked up with us.

Double Kilian Position!

Gary does Joel's taxes!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Frozen in Anaheim - And In a Private Suite! - Thursday, December 17, 2015

I had the honor of being the guest of my long time skating friend Karen Berzonin a private suite to see Disney On Ice Frozen! When I arrived, I was delighted to find out that my very first adult ice skating student (when I began coaching skating in March of 1983) Melissa Parker was there too! After the show, my son Joel, who is in the Ensemble cast, came to the suite and met everyone! Totally an awesome night!

Sunday, December 13, 2015


My first book, HOW TO JUMP AND SPIN ON IN-LINE SKATES was written and published in the late 1990s when I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, Annabelle. It was written before internet and online books, but I have the whole book available to view online for FREE at

Most of what I shared then can be accessed easily online today, but it is still fun to look at.

The book was illustrated by my dear friend Larisa Gendernalik and some of the skaters in the photos include Nicolas Perna (one the inventers of Pic Skates), Michael WeissChelsee Foster, me (JoAnn Schneider Farris),Marion Ennis Curtis, Larisa Gendernalik, and Nathalie Kuechler-Biedermann(photographer Eric Maurer of Visiomatics 

The book was edited by my dear friend Bruce CurtisJohn Petell, of the Pic Skate Company gave me many photos for the book.

The Knight Sisters Represent the Message of Disney On Ice Frozen

These two sisters represent the message that Disney's Frozen shares. They are just so very close!

Tina and Aimee Knight Are Like the Sisters in Disney's Frozen!  They Are SO CLOSE!
I've known Tina and Aimee Knight since they were very little girls. (They are the nieces of the famous figure skating choreographer Tom Dickson and the daughters of my very good friend Dianne Dickson Knight.)

I had the honor of teaching Tina, Aimee, and their sister Chelley in my Saturday morning Artistry in Motion classes at the Ice Arena at Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs in the late 1990s and early 2000s and my relationship with the Knight family is a special one.

I'm so glad they went to see Disney On Ice Frozen last night at Staples Center in Los Angeles and I'm also overjoyed that they got to see my son Joel perform since they remember when Joel was a little tot skating around in ice hockey skates at the Chapel HIlls rink!

This Is the Way Tina and Aimee and Chelley Knight Remember my Children Rebekah and Joel Schneider-Farris When They Skated Together at the Ice Arean at Chapel Hills Mall in the Late 1990s Early 2000s

Hugs to the entire Knight and Dickson've been a special part of my skating life!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Skating in Lakewood With Chelsee Foster 12-8-15

Way back when my kids were toddlers...we roller skated 2 to 3 times a week at Bosanova Roller Skating Center in Colorado Springs. Chelsee Foster always won THE LIMBO! She would do amazing splits on quad roller skates!, Tuesday, 12-8-15, Rebekah, Joel, and I skated with Chelsee on a public session in Lakewood, California! (By the way, Chelsee was one of the models in my book HOW TO JUMP AND SPIN ON IN-LINE SKATES!)


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Frozen In Denver - December 5, 2015

Dan and I and my brother Billy and my sister-in-law Amy went to see my son Joel in Disney On Ice Frozen tonight in Denver 12-5-15! Of course, the show was fabulous!