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Theater on Ice - Ballet On Ice



Ballet On Ice is the term used instead of Theater on Ice

        By either name, it is a combination of the grace of figure skating with the presentation exprcted on a theatrical stage and dance productions.

        Teams consist of between eight and 30 skaters. Solo skating is discouraged, but is permitted in limited amounts if it enhances the overall telling of the program's story. The programs are judged by regular U.S. Figure Skating judges and are evaluated on technical merit and presentation with emphasis on originality, costuming, artistry, and musicality.

The Theatre On Ice Program is under the auspices of the Theatrical Skating Committee.

2013 Theatre On Ice Season Notes:
       Effective October 25, 2012, the Open Division maximum number of skaters on a team has been changed.  For the 2012-13 season, Open teams will consist of a minimum of 8 skaters and a maximum of 20 skaters.

2012 National Theatre On Ice Competition
       (PDF)  2012 National Competition Announcement

2013 Nations Cup Selection Criteria
      The Nations Cup Team Selections have been completed and posted, please click here (PDF) to view the document.

      The selection criteria for the PDF 2013 Nations Cup

2013 National Theatre On Ice Competition
      U.S. Figure Skating has selected Troy, Ohio as the site of the 2013 National Theatre On Ice competition. The event will be hosted by the Troy Skating Club and will take place at the Hobart Arena, June 20-24, 2013.

2014 National Theatre On Ice Competition
      U.S. Figure Skating has selected Dearborn, Michigan as the site of the 2014 National Theatre On Ice competition. The event will be hosted by the Dearborn Figure Skating Club and will take place at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center, June 26-28, 2014.

2013 Choreographic Exercise

Style: Cultural Dance - Movement and music based on the tradition and culture of a geographic location. Ex. Folkdance, African Dance, Indian Dance, Irish Step-dance etc.

Choreographic Process: Repetition - Repeating a motif, gesture, or larger sequence of movement throughout the number.

Body Movement: Level Change - Showing variations of the height of body movement: Low, (lunges, sit spin, ice level body movement etc.) Medium (camel spin, Ina Bauer, etc.) or High (jumps, leaps, or lifts etc.

2013 National Theatre On Ice Competition
        U.S. Figure Skating has selected Troy, Ohio as the site of the 2013 National Theatre On Ice competition. The event will be hosted by the Troy Skating Club and will take place at the Hobart Arena, June 20-24, 2013.

2014 National Theatre On Ice Competition

       U.S. Figure Skating has selected Dearborn, Michigan as the site of the 2014 National Theatre On Ice competition. The event will be hosted by the Dearborn Figure Skating Club and will take place at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center, June 26-28, 2014.

2013 Choreographic Exercise

Style: Cultural Dance - Movement and music based on the tradition and culture of a geographic location. Ex. Folkdance, African Dance, Indian Dance, Irish Step-dance etc.

Choreographic Process: Repetition - Repeating a motif, gesture, or larger sequence of movement throughout the number.

Body Movement: Level Change - Showing variations of the height of body movement: Low, (lunges, sit spin, ice level body movement etc.) Medium (camel spin, Ina Bauer, etc.) or High (jumps, leaps, or lifts etc.)

       Please register your Theatre On Ice teams for the season using the PDF Theatre On Ice Team Application.
Overview of Basic Skills Theater On Ice

What is Theater on Ice?
        Theater on Ice is a relatively new discipline of US Figure Skating using all aspects of skating, incorporating a theme, emotion and story, enhanced by music.  NOTE: In Europe the spelling is "Theatre."

        It is a package that includes five dimensions:
  • Choreography
  • Skating movements and rapport between the skaters and/or sub-groups of skaters
  • Costumes, props and/or scenery
  • Music/sound
  • Theme
        There are two different types of programs for a Theater On Ice Team. One is the Freeskate, which allows props, costumes, make up and may include a spoken introduction to the program. The theme for a Free Skate program is chosen by the team.

        The second type of program has been compared to the short program in singles skating, and is called the Choreographic Exercise.
Basic Skills Teams are eligible to compete in the Choreographic Exercise only.

Choreographic Exercise
        The intention of the Choreographic Exercise is to promote the gliding and edge development of TOI teams. It is being introduced at the Basic Skills level to create a better understanding of Theater On Ice at the beginner level as well as to instill the basics of portraying a theme and emotions through the use of choreography and movement, as opposed to using costumes, props and scenery to tell a story.

        Choreographic Exercise is centered on three elements which are:
  • Theme
  • Choreographic process
  • Gesture or movement
Basic Skills Theater on Ice Curriculum
        The elements for the Basic Skills Theater on Ice curriculum have been chosen by the US Figure Skating Theater on Ice Committee. The elements for club teams are changed each year, and are chosen by the International Theater On Ice Committee.
  • The duration for all levels of Basic Skills Theater on Ice is 1 minute 30 seconds (plus or minus 10 seconds).
  • No scenery or props are allowed.
  • Music must be used and is the choice of the team, vocals are permitted.
  • The team must take a stationary position on the ice and a team member must give a hand signal to the referee that they are ready to begin.
  • No theatrical make-up is permitted
  • All team members must wear all black outfits, of the same design*.
*The idea behind this is to provide a uniform look to the team as the program is performed. The focus must be on the three elements described above with the visual image created through the team’s skating and body demonstration and not through dress, scenery, or props.

        The Choreographic Exercise is evaluated by two marks: choreography and technical execution.

#1, Choreographic Mark - Encompasses the use of the skaters and the use and treatment of the music. The marks will cover treatment of the gesture format, choreographic process and exchanges and formations.

#2 Technical Mark is for the technical execution of that choreography. This mark will cover basic skating skills such as quality of edges, pushes, glides, quality of execution of movement and gesture, body placement, and pertinence and consistency of the above elements with the theme and sound environment.

        In the case of a tie, the team with higher Choreographic Mark will be given the better placement.

        The quality of the TOI performance requires that the music, theme and
choreography are consistent with one another and that they give the feeling of harmony and balance. Additionally no one aspect on the performance should be redundant. The goal is to transcend the literal and to create emotion.

        Theater on ice has to be adapted to the specific dynamic of figure skating: quality of gliding and edges, speed, ease, and amplitude of movements. It must also look for the proper treatment of groups, and for a good variety in the use of the different elements of skating. The quality of edge, speed, ease and flow of movement should enhance the performance and there should be a balanced incorporation of groups.

        There is no limit to the number of free skating, ice dancing, pair or synchronized skating elements used in the routine; however, judges will have to evaluate the congruity of all elements used to the theme and music. Any imbalance of any one element will be reflected in the marking. Likewise, any over-use of highlighting (soloing or spotlighting of a skater/skaters) that detracts from the overall concept will be reflected in the marking.

        The elements for the Basic Skills Choreographic Exercise are as follows:

Basic Skills Theater On Ice 1

    A. THEME – JOY
    B. CHOREOGRAPHIC PROCESS – REPETITION
    C. MOVEMENT OR GESTURE – RAPID MOVEMENT

Basic Skills Theater On Ice 2

    A. THEME – FEAR
    B. CHOREOGRAPHIC PROCESS – CASCADE
    C. MOVEMENT OR GESTURE – ROUND MOVEMENT

Basic Skills Theater On Ice 3

    A. THEME – ANGER
    B. CHOREOGRAPHIC PROCESS – MIRROR
    C. MOVEMENT OR GESTURE – SHARP MOVEMENT

Basic Skills Theater On Ice 4

    A. THEME – GROWTH
    B. CHOREOGRAPHIC PROCESS – CANON
    C. MOVEMENT OR GESTURE – SLOW MOVEMENT

For more information on the Theater On Ice Program
visit the US Figure Skating website at
www.usfigureskating.org

Recommended Reading:

PDF Theater On Ice The initial and final events are judged separately. All levels will be judged on both programs for a combined score at the national and international competitions.

Theater On Ice Basic Skills

References:

Theater On Ice - Welcome to US Figure Skating  Theater On Ice (TOI) is a form of competitive figure skating that is popular in Europe, where it is known as Ballet on Ice.  TOI uses all aspects of skating, incorporating a theme, emotion and story, enhanced by music. etc.

PDF Theater on Ice Team Levels for the 2010-... Theater on Ice categories have been defined according to the level of moves

PDF BASIC SKILLS/THEATER ON ICE TEAM SKATING qualifying Theater on Ice skating competition or U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills competition.

Training Considerations

Summer Workshops

Choreography and Artistic Performances

Learn to Skate Program

   
Table of Contents - Basic Skills Bridge Program Handbook
   
Resources:
  
The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:


 
          
Forms of Figure Skating
Moves In The Field (MITF)
School Figures - the Basis of Free Skating
Fours (Pairs)
Similar Pairs
Formation Dance

    
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