About the Company
What we do
ITNY's mission is to celebrate and advance dance on ice as a performance art. Through its performances in both traditional and site specific venues, ITNY presents ice dance that helps to open ones eyes to seeing skating in new and unexpected ways. ITNY was the very first ice dance company to receive dance program funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
ITNY is dedicated to performing works of dancing on ice in a variety of venues. ITNY presents many free performances featuring the current repertory throughout New York City.
ITNY has created exclusive works by choreographers as varied as ballet great Edward Villella, modern dance choreographers Jacqulyn Buglisi, Elisa Monte & David Parsons, Performance Artist Ann Carlson and Emmy Award Winner "Chucky" Klapow.
ITNY trains the company skaters and guest skating artists in its weekly Master Edge Classes at Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers.
We continue to collaborate with choreographers from both the dance and skating worlds, while exploring creatively exciting relationships with artists from theatre, music and new media disciplines.
How we started
Moira North saw a need for a place where skating artists could create works that integrate the sensibilities of contemporary dance, music and art challenging the perceptions and conventional definitions of figure skating. The company was founded at the end of 1984 by Ms. North in collaboration with Belgian modern dance choreographer Marc Bogaerts, figure skating coach Cecily Morrow and artist Marjorie Kouns. Modeled as a dance company, ITNY has trained a professional ensemble of skaters and built a critically acclaimed repertory of performance pieces that have been presented both nationally and internationally.
The company's Founder/Artistic Director, Moira North and Executive Director, Jirina Ribbens have equally impressive backgrounds in choreography and management and a combined experience of over three decades in production, artistic direction, and public relations.
Since its inception Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) has changed the face of figure skating by creating over 80 pieces of repertory choreographed by ballet, modern dance, skating and contemporary choreographers.
In tribute, Olympic ice skating gold medalist Dick Button has lauded ITNY as “making a forceful and valued impact on the creative artistry of the fine art of skating” through championing bold, new choreography and uniquely expressive performances in association with top ballet and ice dance masters.
How we reach the community
ITNY is dedicated to making performances accessible to diverse audiences and presents many free performances featuring the current repertory throughout New York City. ITNY also reaches its public arts and education mission by:
commissioning new choreography, with pieces by recognized and promising ballet and ice skating artists
offering free admission to more than ten public performances each year
holding free Master Classes led by ITNY dancers for skating professionals and enthusiasts
offering apprentice/training programs for aspiring ice dance artists; and facilitating educational programs on ice dancing and figure skating for school-aged children throughout the NYC area.
Ice Theatre believes that it is vital to reach out to the next generation of skaters and audiences through education, community outreach, and training programs. We are committed to continuing and expanding our joyful work with public school children with the aim of introducing America’s youth to the athleticism and artistry of skating and ice dance.
We are dedicated to promoting skating as a healthy recreational activity for people of all ages by educating the public about the tremendous benefits of coordination, balance, focus, and discipline that is required and gained from learning on a challenging surface of cold slippery ice.
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With your help we continue to create dancing on ice for all to enjoy and we reach more public school children to introduce them to the joy of dancing on ice.
This season's highlights
Hailed by The New York Times as one of the top ten theatre picks in New York City, ITNY is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary season. Some of this season's highlights have included:
In October 2015 we celebrated 30 years of glorious dancing on ice at ITNY’s 2015 Benefit Gala and Performance. We honored the late great Toller Cranston, presented Dick Button with a Lifetime Achievement Award and celebrated Ice Angels Eddie Epstein and Scott Schwartz.
In December 2015 we presented our annual Winter Holiday Skating Celebration and Tree Lighting at Riverbank State Park, free for the community.
Winter 2016 we continued our free lunch-time performances as part of our 2016 City Skate Concert Series at Rockefeller Center.
Spring 2016: New Works & Young Artists Series at Riverbank State Park in Manhattan, LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, Brooklyn and World Ice Arena in Flushing, Queens, which serves NYC school children.
ITNY:UNPLUGGED Performance and Spring Fundraiser on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Sky Rink and The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, New York.
Ongoing: Master Edge Class taught by Ensemble Director Elisa Angeli and guest artists.
New: Choreography Lab for ice artists to explore collaborations with other artists. Viewing open to the public.