theatrical journey on ice with dynamic, athletic movement

Ice dancers to perform at Midcoast Recreation Center, Sept. 25

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ROCKPORT — Ice Dance International (IDI), a New England ice dancing performing arts company, is launching its tour this fall and will perform at Midcoast Recreation Center (MRC), in Rockport, Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. This is the nonprofit organization's eighth season.

IDI’s new show, called Grace: The Power of Dance on Ice, features ten world-class figure skaters including Grand Prix Final and two-time United States Champion Alissa Czisny and US Open Champions Kseniya Ponomaryova and Collin Brubaker.

This is Ice Dance International’s second visit to the area this year. Last February, the company provided a free performance and a skating skills class to the Midcoast community as one of L.L.Bean’s “Winter Across Maine” partners. IDI’s plans to return and offer more free programming in the winter of 2023, according to IDI, in a news release.

The tour runs from September 17 - October 9, 2022 at a variety of venues in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. These will be the first ticketed performances since the pandemic began.

“We have created a new repertoire with an incredibly talented group of skaters,” said IDI Founder and Artistic Director Douglas Webster. “Grace is a theatrical journey on ice with dynamic, athletic movement that showcases beautiful artistic ensemble skating. The choreography and music, combined with the ability of our powerful skaters,  promises to transport the audience.”

Grace celebrates the art of dance on ice and features works by choreographers from the 2022 Olympic games, including Benoit Richaud, Rohene Ward, and Cindy Stuart, who is also the leading choreographer for Disney on Ice. Webster created Grace with the support of Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, Vermont,  the New England Foundation for the Arts, and Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Grace is 90 minutes including one intermission.

Tickets for the show are $25 for adults and $15 for 10 years and under. It is recommended to bring warm clothes and a seat cushion to the show.

For tour information and tickets visit the IDI website’s upcoming events page: www.icedanceinternational.org

 

The fall lineup includes:

GRACE Tour Dates

September 17: Stowe, VT, Stowe Arena, 7PM

September 22: Dover-Foxcroft, ME, Piscataquis County Ice Arena, 6:30PM

September 23: Portland, ME, Troubh Ice Arena, 7PM

September 24: Norwood, MA, The Skating Club of Boston, 7PM

September 25, Rockport, ME, Midcoast Recreation Center, 3PM

September 30, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Toyota SportsPlex, 7PM

October 1: West Orange, NJ, Richard J. Codey Arena, 7PM

October 2: Lake Placid, NY, The Olympic Center, 2:30PM (as part of the Dick Button Festival of Artistic Skating)

October 6: Manchester, NH, St. Anselm College 7PM

October 7: Dover, NH, Dover Arena, 6:30PM

October 8: Conway, NH, Ham Arena, 6:30PM

October 9: Nashua, NH, Conway Arena, 3PM

 

 

The Ice Dance International company includes:

Alissa Czisny (Toronto): 2 x United States Champion and Grand Prix Final Champion

Collin Brubaker (Chicago): United States International team and 2022 US Open Champion

Carly Donowick (Buffalo): United States International team 

Joseph Johnson (Fort Collins, CO): United States International team and Grand Prix competitor

Adam Kaplan (Barrington, RI): Ice Dance International company member since 2017

Jean-Simon Legare (Miami): Star of ice shows across the world

Karina Manta (Seattle): United States International team and Grand Prix competitor 

Kseniya Ponomaryova (Chicago): 2022 US Open Champion

Lara Shelton (Weymouth, MA): Will be featured in the 2022 Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Neill Shelton (Weymouth, MA): Will be featured in the 2022 Radio City Christmas Spectacular

 

About Ice Dance International

Ice Dance International (IDI) is a nonprofit founded in Kittery, ME by Douglas Webster, an ice dancer, choreographer and lead advocate for the art form who was raised in North Conway, NH; Edward Villella, a ballet star, Kennedy Center Honoree and National Medal of Arts winner; Linda Villella, Olympian and Canadian figure skating champion; Dick Button, the voice of figure skating and a two-time Olympic Champion; and Debbie Gordon. IDI has worked since 2014 to showcase and promote ice dancing as an internationally recognized performing art form. The past eight years included creative residencies in Sun Valley, ID; Portsmouth, NH; Portland, ME; and Stowe, VT.  The company has performed 136 times in the U.S., offered free skating clinics  and community engagement programming for nearly 60,000 people. Further outreach activities include panel discussions, performances at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, WGBH’s Open Studio, Aspen Gay Ski Week, Rockefeller Center, and Fenway Park and the creation of two television specials that aired prime time on PBS presented by American Public Television. In 2022, IDI was an L.L.Bean Winter Across Maine partner. Collectively, it is estimated that IDI has reached over 150,000 people to date. In 2021 and 2022, IDI was featured on NH Chronicle and in 2022 was featured in Business NH Magazine for being a company that managed to Glide Through the Pandemic.

 

About Douglas Webster, IDI’s Executive and Artistic Director

Douglas Webster is the Executive and Artistic Director of Ice Dance International (IDI), a professional performing arts figure skating company based in Kittery, Maine. In addition to directing all of IDI’s programs since its inception, In both 2021 and 2022, during the height of the pandemic, Douglas conducted a New England tour of outdoor pop-up and live stream experiences. IDI partnered with L.L.Bean bringing free performances and skating classes to towns across Maine. In addition, Webster created and filmed IDI’s magical fantasy tale, Solstice, on Millinocket Lake at the base of Mount Katahdin. The piece is currently streaming on WNET’s All Arts public television channel. Prior to founding IDI, Webster was one of the founders of Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, NH;  served as the Artistic Director for Ice Theatre of New York; Creative Director for Disson Skating’s 3-year series, Shall We Dance on Ice; and spent years as a choreographer for Disney on Ice, Holiday on Ice, and Stars on Ice. He is a leading figure skating educator heading IDI’s skate school, SKATE 360. The classes have been featured by United States Figure Skating at many training camps. Webster grew up in North Conway, NH and is delighted to bring this show, Grace, to communities across New England.

Event Date: 

Sun, 09/25/2022 - 3:00pm

Event Location: 

Midcoast Recreation Center

Address: 

Midcoast Recreation Center
Rockport, ME 04856
United States