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.
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.
Hailed by The New York Times as one of the top ten theatre picks in New York City, ITNY's highlights have included:
At our annual Benefit Gala and Performance in October we celebrated Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi, presented Stephanee Grosscup and Kenny Moir with the Alumni Award and celebrated Ice Angel and long-time Trustee, Violet Eagan.
- The Gala performance was part of our three-night Home Season at Sky Rink Chelsea Piers, which featured the premieres of "Fellini Skates" by Elisa Angeli, "When Atoms Embrace" by Lorna Brown, "Bach to Bach" by Joel Dear and "Helium" by Sally Jean Watkins.
In December 2018 we presented our annual Winter Holiday Skating Celebration and Tree Lighting at Riverbank State Park, free for the community.
- Also in December, we collaborated with Samantha Bee on her Christmas Special for TBS.
Winter 2019 we continued our free lunch-time performances as part of our 2019 City Skate Concert Series at Rockefeller Center. AS is our annual tradition, the February concert is in honor of Black History Month. This year featured a new piece created for ITNY with choreography by Deneane Richburg from Brownbody in collaboration with the performer, Theron James. NY Times article.
Spring 2019: 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.
ITNY:UNPLUGGED Performance and Spring Fundraiser will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2018 at Sky Rink and The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, New York and will honor Olympic Medalist and US Ladies Champion Gracie Gold.
Ongoing: Master Edge Class taught by Ensemble Director Elisa Angeli and guest artists - Tuesdays at 1:30 PM. Contact the office about participating. Contact the office to be added to our class notification list.
Choreography Lab for ice artists to explore collaborations with other artists - Every other Thursday at 1:30 PM. Viewing open to the public.
Junior Ensemble Spring and Summer sessions under the Direction of our Ensemble Director Elisa Angeli.
Notable in FY18
- In January 2018 we collaborated with Opera Singer Alicia Hall Moran in Breaking Ice: The Battle of the Carmens as part of the Prototype Festival's “Out of Bounds,” a series of short, free performances of new works in public spaces, both at Bryant Park and Riverbank State Park. NY Times article.
- In February 2018 we collaborated with Theo Bleckman & Uri Cain in “WinterICE” at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY, where we performed on a synthetic ice surface in an iconic music venue. Listing in the NY Times.
- Also in February ITNY participated in "New York's Golden Ice Age," an exploration and celebration of New York City’s legendary history of figure skating and ice hockey, inspired by the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition, New York on Ice: Skating in the City.
- And finally, in February ITNY's Master Edge Class was featured in the New York Times' "Speaking in Dance" on Instagram. To date it received 155,000 views.
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.
Additionally, ITNY receives funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, the Will Sears Foundation, and its generous private patrons.