Performers

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2012 Benefit Gala Performance - Photo by Norbert Schramm

 

2021-2022 Season Performers:

Ensemble Director: Elisa Angeli;
Performers: Armen Agaian, Danil Berdnikov, Angela Chiang, Sarah France, Kate Gauthier, Jennifer Gruver, Jessica Huot, Ale Izquierdo, Theron James, Angela Kim, Valerie Levine, Freddie Moore, Liz Schmidt, Aaron Singletary,  Matt Thomas and Conor Wagar. Figures performer Kate Mangiardi. 
Guest Performers: Elladj Baldé, Kaitlyn Weaver
Young Apprentices: US Ice Dance Silver Medalists Oona & Gage Brown
Guest Host of 2021's "Pivoting Through The Pandemic" Jason Brown, with Elladj Baldé, Adam Rippon and Kaitlyn Weaver


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ELISA ANGELI

Ensemble Director

ELISA ANGELI, an Italian ice dancer who has earned recognition from the Italian Federation for Ice Skating, studied Ballet with Ludmilla Vlassova (Bolshoi) and Giovanna Franzosi in Milan, and with Christine Wright at the Gibney Dance Center as well as Modern and Contemporary Dance at the Open Dance Center, New York, and at the Music, Art and Shows School, Milan. She Elisa has joined ITNY in 2008, and toured France with the company that year.  In 2015 she became ITNY’s Ensemble Director. Elisa has trained in aerial silks at Streb Lab and at the Trapeze School in New York and in contortion and extreme flexibility classes with J. Noan and O. Karmansky. Her expertise as a circus arts specialist allows Elisa to bring a unique element of excitement and creativity when skating as a principal performer and aerialist with Ice Theatre of New York®. In 2009, Elisa participated with ITNY at the Premiere of “Wintuk” by Cirque du Soleil at Madison Square Garden. In Italy, she toured with “Italian Champions on Ice,” and Ghiaccio Spettacolo as an aerialist and performed in Munich with Spotlight Productions. Elisa also works with Cirque-tacular Entertainment as an aerialist (since 2014), with which she performed in the show “The Art of Circus” in September 2016.


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ARMEN AGAIAN

Performer

ARMEN AGAIAN joined Ice Theatre of New York® as an artist in 2018. He has been ice skating since 2002 developing into a 5-time National Champion in his native country of Georgia and participated in the Junior World Championships three times. He has also participated in the 2013 Youth Olympic games, the Junior Grand Prix (2012-2015) and 2016 European Championships. When not performing, Armen works as a skating coach in New York. 


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DANIL BERDNIKOV

Performer

DANIL BERDNIKOV hails from the city of Samara, Russia, from which he competed as part of the junior national team as well as across his vast native land through high school. He then moved to Moscow both to continue his education and to join Stage Entertainment Russia to begin performing as a skater. Performing for an audience allowed Danil to fall in love with skating in a new way and his career has blossomed over eight years with Willy Bietak Productions and Wheeler Productions in the US, Stageworks Worldwide Production in the UK and Holiday on Ice Productions and Dynamic Shows Entertainment in the EU. ITNY welcomes Danil as an artist, grateful to his parents, coaches, choreographers, and the fellow skaters who have supported him along the way.


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ELLADJ BALDÉ

Guest Performer

ELLADJ BALDE is a Canadian former competitive figure skater. His mother is from Russia and his dad is from Guinea. He was born in Moscow and immigrated to Montreal at 2 years old. He was on the National Team for Canada for over a decade skating competitively. He speaks three languages fluently: English, French and Russian. Elladj Baldé is a frequent guest performer with ITNY.

Prior to COVID he was doing guest performances on tours all over the world, including Spain, Japan, Switzerland, Korea, and Russia. He is in-demand as a show skater and it has kept him very busy since his retirement from competitive figure skating. While unable to travel due to COVID, he decided to focus on his activism and recently started a non-profit organization called the Figure Skating Diversity and Inclusion Alliance. The organization is dedicated to increasing representation and accessibility to the BIPOC community through many exciting initiatives. While it has been a lot of work, he is very excited about the process they have been making. He has recently started a relationship with the Hockey Diversity Alliance, run by Kim Aliu and Evander Kane, and many other top NHL players.

Balde has had multiple videos go viral on TikTok and Instagram with upwards of 13 million views. These videos have been reposted by the likes of Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Aniston, Complex Magazine, Jesse Reyez, Sony Music, Saweetie, Dan Levy, and many more.

Balde’s goal is to make figure skating cool again and bring it back into the mainstream culture. He wants to inspire young boys to pursue their passion and not be afraid to tap into their artistic and emotional side. He wants young BIPOC skaters to see him and feel like there is a place for them in this sport. Lastly, he wants to show all figure skaters that beyond the competitions, this sport is an art form that anyone can use to express oneself.


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JASON BROWN

Host of "Pivoting Through The Pandemic" Streaming Broadcast 

Jason Lawrence Brown, the 2015 U.S. national champion, has been a seven-time medalist on the Grand Prix circuit and a two-time Four Continents medalist (2020 silver, 2018 bronze).  Jason won a bronze medal in the team event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, becoming one of the youngest male figure skating Olympic medalists. Known  as one of the world’s most artistic skaters, some of Jason's programs have become iconic, including his Irish step dance free program and his 2021 short program to the music of Nina Simone with choreography by Rohene Ward.


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OONA & GAGE BROWN

Young Apprentices

Oona and Gage Brown, a sister and brother ice dance team from Long Island, NY, have been skating together for six years and became silver medalists at the 2021 U.S. Junior National Ice Dance Championships. Representing Team USA in numerous international competitions, they went on to earn the silver medal at their second Junior Grand Prix of the season, in Linz, Austria. This placement won them a spot at the Junior Grand Prix Final in Osaka, Japan, originally scheduled for December 9th – 12th, and awaiting new dates. They have been training with coaches Inese Bucevica and ITNY choreographer Joel Dear for over two years and have performed with Ice Theatre of New York, Inc. ® regularly over the last five years. They’ve recently worked with On Ice Perspectives at beautiful Bryant Park Ice Rink and received much love and recognition for the resulting video of their Metallica Free Dance, which has gone viral.


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ANGELA CHIANG

Performer

ANGELA CHIANG credits her accomplishments in skating to her mother's and grandmother’s encouragement. Both dreamt of becoming graceful figure skaters and Angela has found skating with  ITNY, which she joined as a young apprentice, to be truly instrumental in developing her artistry. Her passion for figure skating started as soon as she stepped on the ice at age four in her native New Jersey. A USFS double gold medalist and graduate of NYU with a B.A. in Journalism and Metropolitan Studies, Angela went on from her competitive career to work as an instructor for Figure Skating in Harlem, a member of the NHL New York Rangers City Skaters squad, House of Mauro performer and a beloved coach at Chelsea Piers over the past eighteen years. A full-fledged cast member on and off with ITNY since 2003 she feels thrilled to perform with the cast this season!


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SARAH FRANCE

Performer

SARAH FRANCE, U.S. Figure Skating triple gold medalist, national ice dance competitor and six-time US Open Professional Figure Skating Championships competitor, realized one of her childhood inspirations when she joined ITNY in the spring of 2019. Before taking the ice, she explored her love of movement, studying ballet and eventually performing professionally in modern dance and several other disciplines as well as skating and teaching.  Sarah has been an ice dance coach and choreographer since 1998, working with Regional, Sectional, National and International competitors across all skating disciplines at Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minnesota, where she remains faculty-member-at-large. She also serves as Director of Skating at City Ice Pavilion in Long Island City. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Sarah now resides in NYC. 


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KATE GAUTHIER

Performer

KATE GAUTHIER grew up in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Banff, Alberta. In true Canadian fashion, she learned to skate at the age of four on the pond behind her house. She is a Canadian Nationals Senior Ladies Competitor and Quadruple Gold Award recipient. After her competitive career, she spent eight years traveling the world as a Principal Performer for Disney on Ice. She has additionally had the privilege of performing with Ice Dance International and House of Mauro Productions. Her passion for entertainment also extends to the stage and screen. After studying acting at the New York Film Academy, Stella Adler Studio for Acting and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, she has had the pleasure of acting in several film and theatrical productions. You can catch Kate in her monthly comedy show, ‘Too Nice - A Very Nice Variety Show’ at The Peoples Improv Theater, and another monthly comedic play series, ‘Telenovela 101’ by the Something from Abroad Theatre Company, at the Kraine Theater. Kate is beyond thankful to the ITNY for giving her a home on the frozen stage, here in New York. She has been a member of ITNY since 2018.


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JENNIFER GRUVER

Performer

JENNIFER GRUVER fell in love with the sport of figure skating at the age of six and with the love and support of her family, coaches, and directors, that love has not wavered in all her years of skating. A Colorado native, Jennifer spent 16 years competing in the Southwestern Region before following her dreams of becoming a professional performer. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Anthropology, Jennifer spent 5 years traveling the world with Disney On Ice. She wrapped up her touring career in December 2016 to pursue more of her dreams in New York City. Since living in the City, she finds herself coaching, choreographing and performing more than ever. She has been a  member of the Ice Theatre of New York® Ensemble since 2017.


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JESSICA RENEE HUOT

Performer

JESSICA HUOT has skated as a principal dancer for ITNY since 2010, even while she pursued the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance that she earned from New York University in 2012. A six-time Finnish National Ice Dance Champion and USFS quadruple gold medalist, Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in 2006 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She and her ice dance partner competed in the World and European Figure Skating Championships in 2002-2004 as well as the Junior and Senior Grand Prix competition circuits from 1999-2003.


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ALE IZQUIERDO

Performer

ALE IZQUIERDO was born in Leon Guanajuato, Mexico. She started figure skating at the age of 9. She is a 5-time Mexican national competitor and won 1st place at the International Santis Cup Switzerland in 2007 (Novice Level). She and moved to the USA to train in 2009 and trained under the tutelage of the Ukrainian team of Victor Petrenko, Galina Zmievskaya and Nina Petrenko at the Ice House in Hackensack, NJ. She has been a member of ITNY since 2011. She will be performing in the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in the 2021-2022 season.


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THERON JAMES (TJ)

Performer

THERON JAMES (TJ) made his ITNY debut in the 2019 City Skate Concert Series with over 10 years international coaching experience under his belt. Having competed on the national level, TJ joined his first touring ice show in 2009, and has appeared in multiple professional companies including those of Holiday On Ice, Disney On Ice, and Royal Caribbean. A Middletown, CT, native now a NYC artist, Theron – nicknamed TJ - began figure skating at age 12 after his mom won a raffle at his brother’s middle school auction for lessons at the local ice arena. 


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ANGELA KIM

Performer

Angela Kim is a Professional Figure Skaters, Circus Artist, & Founder of Balanced Skaters. Angela comes from an eclectic background: she began skating at the age of 6 and competed until age 18. She’s been performing ever since. She started her professional career back in 2000 with Ice Theatre of New York, Inc.® and has held principal positions for Holiday on Ice, Disney on Ice, Royal Caribbean, Art on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil since then. Her long-standing success stems from years of experience working with the body in many different disciplines. She discovered circus arts in 2006, and has been studying traditional Mongolian contortion and aerial acrobatics for over a decade. During this time, she also opened and co-owned a successful pilates studio called Studio Blue in Portland, Oregon, where she began to develop the Balanced Skaters program. After several years of coaching and running her studio, she began mixing circus with figure skating, putting her on the map as one of the few pioneering skaters to mix disciplines. In 2015 Angela received her certification as an Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) mobility specialist. She began coaching full-time on and off the ice in Oakland, CA, and opened her second pilates studio, Pilates Loft Oakland. After 2 years of being away from performing, she received an offer from Cirque du Soleil to perform as an inline skater and aerialist in their new creation, Volta. During her time in Cirque, she continued to coach as well. She was asked to teach for Acrobatic Arts and was thrilled to be a part of a program that helped young dancers build strong, capable, and healthy bodies. Angela saw a disconnect in the skating world and wanted to make a larger impact in reaching broader skating communities. She teamed up with Acrobatic Arts to create Balanced Skaters


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VALERIE LEVINE

Performer

VALERIE LEVINE has collaborated on ITNY events for the past two decades and has been roller-skating as well as dancing tap, jazz and ballet since the age of 4. She started training in figure skating at 11, and went on to compete and test until she graduated high school, turning down Disney On Ice to pursue her bachelor’s degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) instead of going on tour. At 19, she earned her Gold level Senior Ladies Moves and Pre-golds in ice dance before skating professionally as an ice girl for the NHL New York Rangers and Islanders. While earning her BS in Product Management Textiles from FIT, she minored in dance and trained at Broadway Dance Center in many dance styles, which led to an off-ice career as a professional belly dancer, ballroom dancer, Brazilian samba dancer and much more.  She currently teaches and performs all of these styles worldwide as well as managing her own entertainment company Valerina Dance.  You can find out more about Valerie through her website: ValerieLevine.com or follow her on Instagram @Valerielevine.


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KATE MANGIARDI

Performer - Figures

KATE MANGIARDI is a USFSA gold medalist in Moves in the Field. She has been coaching throughout the tristate area for over 15 years and enjoys working with all levels. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar and MFA in painting from RISD, she has been exhibiting her work in various museums and galleries. In 2009, Mangiardi was awarded the W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts. Kate merges her experience as a skater into her art through exploring the connection between the etching a skater leaves behind on the ice and creation of a drawing. Kate is excited and grateful for the opportunity to explore this direction in her work with ITNY.

 


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FREDDIE MOORE

Performer

FREDDIE MOORE is a Brooklyn native and U.S. Figure Skating triple gold medalist. She currently coaches skaters of all ages, and has performed alongside Beth Woronoff in her company Calle Ouvert. Outside of her love for  performing and coaching, Freddie has a B.A. in Creative Writing and has published her work in Electric Literature and Hazlitt, among other places. One of her favorite quotes from Walt Whitman is: “And if the body were not the soul, what is the soul?” She first performed with Ice Theatre of New York® as a child, and is thrilled to continue showing her love for skating with the ITNY company.

 


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LIZ SCHMIDT

Performer

ELIZABETH (LIZ) SCHMIDT, has been skating with ITNY since 2017. Luscious edges, artistic dynamic movement, and traditional ice dancing inform her skating and professional career which began in 2013 at the age of 18, performing internationally in Germany and across the US.  A Japanese/German American skater who hails from Chicago, IL, she recently moved from San Francisco, CA to New York City. A U.S. Figure Skating Double Gold medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field, and a Silver medalist in Ice Dancing, Liz received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2018, and has exhibited her work across the Bay Area.


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AARON SINGLETARY

Performer

AARON SINGLETARY grew up in Pennsylvania skating for the Penguin Figure Skating Club and started his national competitive career training with Craig Maurizi at the Ice House in Hackensack, NJ.. Over the years Singletary has had many internationally revered coaches and singling one or two would be a disservice to the others. Each left a prominent mark on his approach to skating. Aaron earned gold in moves-in-the-field as well as freestyle singles. Aaron now coaches primarily in Newburgh, NY at Ice Time Sports Complex. His students include National medalists Jacob Sanchez and Olivia Alexander. He dreams to further his knowledge so that one day he too may be an internationally recognized performer and coach. The 2019 Home Season marked his debut with Ice Theatre of New York. This season Aaron will be performing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.


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MATT THOMAS

Performer

MATT THOMAS remembers seeing ITNY perform at Rockefeller Center as a young boy and feels privileged to have become a member of the educational outreach and performance groups of ITNY able to pass on that dream over the last three years. Introduced to skating through the Learn to Skate Program in Syracuse, NY, he continued to train as a figure skating competitor and in 1998 became the Eastern Sectional Champion. He has always loved the ice and considers himself blessed to still be skating three decades plus from his initiation and spreading the joy through his continuing career as a skating coach. A professional saxophonist, Matt holds a Bachelor's in music from SUNY Buffalo, and performs regularly both in NYC and internationally.


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CONOR WAGAR

Performer

CONOR WAGAR began skating as an ITNY artist in 2015, as a triple gold-medalist in Moves in the Field, Freestyle, and Ice Dance before joining the touring company of Disney on Ice, the company that drove him as a boy to beg his parents to sign him up for lessons. Under the guidance of coach Doris Papenfuss, Conor competed at Junior Nationals with only two years of skating under his belt, went on to compete at Eastern Sectionals and was an alternate for US Nationals. While continuing to skate with ITNY, Conor works as a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach.

 

 


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KAITLYN WEAVER

Guest Performer & Choreographer

Kaitlyn Weaver - Empathetic communication—through sport, dance, public speaking, or charity—is Kaitlyn Weaver's passion and gift. As an athlete, she reached the highest honor of figure skating and competed for Canada at the Olympic Games, and thrice stood on the World podium with her long-time ice dance partner, Andrew Poje. Kaitlyn remains active in the professional skating world and uses her platform for advocacy while dividing her time between New York, NY and Toronto, ON. Post-competitive life finds this ambitious creative performer engaging with her skating community, participating in and initiating global fundraisers, part-time coaching and choreography. Ice Theatre of New York, Inc.® has commissioned Kaitlyn to create a new solo dance repertory piece for the Company, which she will choreograph and perform. 


 

 

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