For those skaters that would prefer a team experience as opposed to skating individually…there are a few USFS disciplines that fit the bill.
Theatre On Ice
Theatre On Ice (TOI) is a form of competitive figure skating that is popular in Europe, where it is known as Ballet on Ice. It combines the grace of figure skating with the excitement of theater and dance. 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.
There are several TOI teams and TOI competitions around the country, and U.S. Figure Skating is making an effort to standardize and promote this discipline. Skaters, both competitive and noncompetitive, can learn and grow on a theatre team. Best of all, a team can draw club skaters together and increase club spirit.
Both skaters and clubs can experience great rewards from forming and/or joining a Theatre On Ice team. Skaters receive the following benefits:
- More competitions when performing in competitions and shows
- A chance to develop the dramatic side of their skating
- A chance to be part of a team while continuing to use their technical skills
- A chance to travel both locally and internationally
- A chance to make new friends both in and out of the club
- A chance to relax while performing and competing for competitive skaters
Locally skaters can learn about Theatre on Ice through a Basic skills program through the Barnstable Recreation Department and join a team.
Visit the Barnstable Blades website to see the 2011 team perform.