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Theatre On Ice (TOI) is a form of competitive figure skating that combines the grace of figure skating with the excitement of theatre and dance. Known as “Ballet on Ice” in Europe, TOI teams consist of eight to 24 skaters on the ice telling a story together. TOI brings skaters together giving athletes the chance to be a part of a team, travel locally and internationally and make new friends.
TOI consists of two programs: the free skate and the choreographic exercise. Programs are evaluated on technical merit and presentation with emphasis on originality, costuming, artistry and musicality.
National teams (Preliminary, Intermediate, Novice and Senior) will travel to two competitions in 2022-2023 including Theater on Ice Nationals in June.
Preliminary, Intermediate, Novice, Adult, and Senior team dues are under $3,000/year.
Performance teams will perform two shows at local rinks. Performance teams will have dues under $300/show.
Monthly dues cover coaches’ fees, costume, event entry fees and ice time. They do not cover individuals’ travel expenses to events.
Performance: All ages and all levels allowed. No moves in the field tests needed. We’ll put on shows for all levels in November and March.
Senior: 15 years of age and above, up to 4 rostered skaters outside the age range by no more than 3 years. Skaters must have passed their Silver Skating Skills.
Junior: 11-18 years old allowed up to 4 rostered skaters outside the age range by no more than 3 years. Skaters must have passed their Pre-Silver Skating Skills.
Novice: 8-14 years old allowed up to 4 rostered skaters outside the age range by no more than 3 years. Skaters must have passed their Juvenile Skating Skills.
Intermediate: 15 years of age and younger, up to 4 rostered skaters outside the age range by no more than 3 years. Skaters must have passed their Preliminary Skating Skills.
Juvenile: 13 years of age and younger, up to 4 rostered skaters outside the age range by no more than 3 years. Skaters must have passed their Preliminary Skating Skills.
Preliminary: 11 years of age and younger, up to 4 rostered skaters outside the age range by no more than 3 years. Skaters must have passed their Pre-Preliminary Skating Skills.
Open: All ages. Skaters must have passed at least one Skating Skills or Dance test.
Adult: 18 years of age and above. Skaters must have passed at least one Skating Skills or Dance test.
Check out our Teams for more information
Teams practice at the Ashburn Ice House in Ashburn, VA, MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA, and SkateQuest in Reston, VA with TOI summer camps also at Cabin John in Rockville, MD.
Show practices take place on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Skaters are encouraged to practice their routines individually or with teammates during the week.
Competitive teams practice at least 2 hours each week, typically on weekends. Practice includes one hour off-ice and one-hour on-ice and additional strength or acting coaching. Skaters are required to practice their routines individually or with teammates during the week.
Competitive teams also have two choreography weekends that focus on one of the two competitive programs.
Typically, your skater will get a program with Theatre and run through it with the group every week. We expect them to practice the program for at least an hour every week. Whether they want to work with their coach for this or do it on their own is up to them. Some private coaches want to help with this, others want to focus on other areas. Often if they have a coach that has done Theatre on Ice before it is good to let the coach know and they can help with moves, and overall expressiveness since it’s different from other sports, and most similar to ice dance, freestyle, and acting.
You’ll get a team offering based on skater skill level, and will show up for auditions based on the range of your skating skill (generally related to your moves in the field test). We rarely post the list of who made which team for the skaters’ privacy and in case a skater decides to either decline or move to a lower team (if allowed by the skating director).
We can’t guarantee they’ll end up on a team with people they already know. Especially for our competitive teams we hope that by working together the skaters will make new friends.
Theme: Street Art
Choreographic Process: Contrast Gesture: Release