THEATRE ON ICE NATIONALS.....TROY OHIO - June 21st - 22nd 2013
GROUP PHOTO - all 3 teams !!! GO HURRICANES!!!!
All 3 Iceplex Space Coast Hurricanes competitive theatre on ice teams competed at US Nationals in June 2013 and all teams medaled!
THE NOVICE TEAM....consisting of 20 skaters, a lot of these girls are new to competitive skating let alone a National event! They finished a creditable 4th place with their entertaining Jungle Jamboree Freeskate routine and were all honored to receive the pewter medal. They are all working hard towards improving this placement for next year which could give them a chance to qualify for Nations Cup (World Theatre Championships) held in France April 2015.
JUNIOR TEAM... After an amazing finish of 1st place after the first part of the competition the Choreographic Exercise, the newly formed Junior team had a lot of pressure. They performed their Hollywood Legends Freeskate up against tough competition and were just one judge away from winning the entire event. The placement ordinals were so tight we finished 3rd but still in good stead to qualify for Nations Cup 2015 also. Welcome back to the podium Junior team, out of 13 teams, this was not an easy task!
ADULT TEAM...as usual the adult team our "Frozen" Hurricanes brought the audience to laughter with their humorous "Summer Olympics in London Freeskate" routine. Complete with a swimming on the ice surface section, weight lifting and actual real cycling it was a array of fun and games. The adult team finished in 2nd position so well on the way to Nations Cup 2015 qualification and we are regrouping ourselves right now in finding the more mature of skaters to join in our fun!
The Space Coast Iceplex and Katie Nyman are proud to be among the first rinks in the country to host the Theatre on Ice program.
Although popular in Europe for some about 20 years, the discipline is fairly new to the United States.
The Iceplex has four teams, Intro, Novice, Junior and Adult currently in operation and three of the four are travelling competitive teams.
Theatre on Ice (TOI) is a concept using all aspects of figure skating, incorporating a theme, emotion or story, enhanced by music. It is a performance that includes five dimensions:
- Skating movements
- Props or scenery
- Sound and Music
- A central theme
The story of "Theatre on Ice" at the Iceplex
Our junior team "THE SPACE COAST HURRICANES" is where we started out 7 years ago, bringing together all the higher level figure skaters and working them as a team on Saturday mornings at 6am. We have since competed in the International Theatre On Ice Event for 7 consecutive years and Nationals for 4 years. These events are what our team skaters look forward to every year.
In 2007, we came home with our first GOLD MEDAL as INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONS with our interpretation of "Alice in Wonderland" and since then, the various Hurrianes theatre teams have been regular championship winners both Nationally and Internationally. Our skaters have qualified for the world Theatre on Ice event 2 times and winner in these prestigious events. In April 2013 the Adult and Novice team will be travelling to Logrono, Spain for the 3rd Nations Cup.
For 2008, the Space Coast 'FROZEN" Hurricanes adult team formed and in 2012 won the National title, so an exciting time for our adult team. There are new adults joining us all the time, a lot of them are Moms of the younger team members. If you are interested in becoming a "Frozen Hurricane" please contact Coach Katie.
Weekly group class sessions cover off ice warm up techniques, basic skating skills, musical timing, interpretation, arm development and specialized skating movements. For even the beginner, all these components are essential in building a strong all round skater.
Additionally, time is spent during each session developing Theatre On Ice style routines which are performed in full costume at the regular Iceplex recitals. To participate in this program, the skater will need to be committed to participate in our four recitals and the annual Holiday Show. The skaters will also be required to meet the costuming costs (which are kept to a minimum) for each event.
As a guideline, recitals are scheduled during the following month:
- February - "Valentine's"
- May - "Mothers Day"
- August - "Back to School"
- October - "Halloween"
- December - "Holiday Show"
CLASS LEVELS, TIMES AND PRICES
The demand for our TOI program is so great that we now run 4 different levels of classes, INTRO, NOVICE, JUNIOR, and ADULT.
The "INTRO" level class is for the beginner TOI'ers and we ask that all skaters must have passed USFS Basic Skills level 6.
The "NOVICE" level class, the skaters must have passed the United States Figure Skating Pre -Preliminary moves test
The "JUNIOR" level class is by arrangement with coach Katie
The "ADULT" class is our newest addition to the Theatre program. If you have the first USFS test and are 18...we'll take you!
The times for all these classes are listed below.
"INTRODUCTORY" - BEGINNER (Must have passed USFS Basic Skills Level 6)
Saturdays 9:45am - 10:30am .....the first 15 minutes is off ice
"NOVICE" - (Must have passed USFA Pre-Preliminary Moves test)
Friday 4:45pm - 5:45pm
"JUNIOR"- BY ARRANGEMENT ONLY
Saturday 6.00am - 7.00am
"ADULT" - Must have the first adult USFS test to compete but can do recitals if not Monday 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Katie Nyman, one of our resident professionals runs our Theatre on Ice classes.
Katie is from the United Kingdom where she skated in the London based team which won the first ever Theatre on Ice event in Rouen in 1981. She has an extensive background in professional ice shows, performance and choreography . She has brought this exciting discipline with her to Florida since 2004. It has been gaining popularity at the Iceplex ever since.