When the Shipstad brothers and Oscar Johnson were boys, they ice skated for fun. Each weekend, they'd put together acts to perform on outdoor lakes in Minnesota. They enjoyed performing so much that eventually they were asked to do their skating acts on a professional basis. Then, they were asked to put together a complete variety ice show. Eventually they made plans to take the ice show on the road. The show included chorus girls, soloists, production numbers, and elaborate props.
Ice Follies achieved record breaking success from 1936 to 1979. Those successes set the ice skating show apart from other forms of entertainment. When the show first came into being, it was apparent that a new form of entertainment had been created. That new creation revolutionized figure skating.