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, including our City Skate Concert Series at area seasonal rinks;
holding free Master Classes led by ITNY dancers for skating professionals and enthusiasts at our home rink, Sky Rink;
offering apprentice/training programs for aspiring young ice dance artists and providing performance opportunities for this Junior Ensemble;
conducting our new Works and Young Artists Series for NYC public school children, which introduces them to the fine art of gliding on ice and the sport of figure skating with both a performance and a skating clinic component;
presenting our Annual Benefit Gala honoring someone who is accomplished in our Ice Dance world and has stayed connected beyond their own performances; someone who has given back to our 'icy" world and has been a role model for others to follow.
Ice Theatre of New York 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.
Highlights of the upcoming 2021- 2022 Season
- Weekly Master Edge Class will resume on the ice at Sky Rink Chelsea Piers in September. Taught by Ensemble Director Elisa Angeli and guest artists - Tuesdays at 1:30 PM. Contact the office about participating and to be added to our class notification list.
- Fall 2021 ITNY will present Pop-Up concerts at the NYC seasonal ice rinks. Dates to be announced.
- Winter 2021/22 we will continue our free lunch-time performances as part of our 2022 City Skate Concert Series at Rockefeller Center. As is our annual tradition, the February concert is in honor of Black History Month.
- In December we will present our annual Winter Holiday Skating Celebration and Tree Lighting at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park, free for the community, on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 4PM.
- The annual Benefit Gala and Performance in the Spring of 2022 will celebrate our 35th Anniversary. Date for the event is TBD and the event will again take place at The Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers (following a performance at Sky Rink).
- The Gala performance is part of our three-night Home Season at Sky Rink Chelsea Piers, which will feature the ITNY Ensemble, the Junior Ensemble and guest performers. Performances dates are TBD (performances at 7PM at Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers).
Spring 2022: New Works & Young Artists Series at Riverbank State Park in Manhattan, LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, Brooklyn and City Ice Pavillon in Long Island City, Queens, which serves NYC public school children. (Schools must register to participate).
Choreography Lab for ice artists to explore collaborations with other artists - Every other Thursday at 1:30 PM. Viewing open to the public. Start of this class will be announced when ice use restrictions are lifted.
Junior Ensemble - Fall Session TBD.
Notable in FY21
- The New York Times featured ITNY in an article about moving from the ice to the pavement during the pandemic. Article by Gia Kourlas and videos by Angelo Silvio Vasta, published on September 11, 2021 at: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/10/arts/dance/ice-theater-of-new-york-on-pavement.html
- In November and December 2021 ITNY was invited to perform Pop-UP concerts at The Rink at Rockefeller Center as the COVID rules permitted. ITNY also provided a dancing Santa. Our concert in January 2021 closed the abbreviated 2021 City Skate Concert Series.
- Winter 2020/21 we continued performing free performances with Pop-Up concerts at The Winter Village at Bryant Park.
- Spring 2021: New Works & Young Artists Series, which serves NYC public school children, went online with a video performance and interactive instruction. Because the sessions were online we were able to serve children in areas that do not traditionally have access, such as schools in Staten Island.
- On May 6, 2021 we presented a streaming broadcast "Pivoting Through The Pandemic." The 45-minute broadcast was hosted by Olympic Medalist Jason Brown and included two new repertory pieces created during COVID. "Pivoting" was inspired by the skating move called "pivot," and was choreographed for 6 women by Joel Dear. Kaitlyn Weaver created a new solo dance piece to Carole King's "I Feel The Earth Move." Also featured was ice artists and social media influencer Elladj Baldé and a special appearance by Adam Rippon. The event was followed by a Discussion with the artists led by renowned coach and educator, Douglas Haw.
Link to the broadcast: https://vimeo.com/547982380
Ice Theatre of New York's performances are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. ITNY is also supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and NYC Council Member Mark Levine, as well as the Manhattan Borough President.
Additionally, ITNY receives funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, the Will Sears Foundation, and its generous private patrons.