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Interested in U.S. Figure Skating's Theatre on Ice competitive team skating program?

St. Louis Theatre on Ice is looking for skaters to field teams for next year's Theatre on Ice National Championships.

Read more about each level's skill and age requirements.

What is Theatre on Ice?

U.S. Figure Skating Theatre on Ice Program

Photo courtesy of U.S. Figure Skating

Theatre on Ice is a competitive discipline of figure skating which merges the technical jumps and spins with unique choreography, ice dancing, pairs moves, synchronized skating, and theater to tell a story or act out an emotion or idea. It is a relatively new and growing branch of figure skating. Theatre on Ice can be enjoyed by the youngest to the oldest and brings out the more artistic side of figure skating.

Theatre on Ice Team Levels

Theatre on ice groups are called Teams. There are six levels of teams.

  • Senior*
  • Junior*
  • Novice*
  • Preliminary
  • Adult*
  • Open

*These levels may qualify for World's by medaling at Nationals.

Teams consist of 8 - 24 skaters (Open and Preliminary are limited to 20 skaters) plus a support staff usually consisting of one or more coaches, a choreographer and a team manager. Often teams are connected to a skating club that they will represent and receive support.

Each team member brings their skating specialty to the team, whether it be jumping, spinning, dancing, emotions or other tricks. Skaters must have strong skating abilities, and they must have passed at least one moves in the field skating test.

Example Team Requirements

Senior

  • Maximum test qualifications as of December 1st
  • Minimum test qualifications as of 30 days prior to the close of entries for National Theatre On Ice competition
  • More than 50% of the team must have passed the Juvenile or Adult Gold Free Skate Test
  • 100% must have must have passed the Preliminary or Adult Pre-Bronze MIF test
  • No age restrictions

Program Duration

  • CE 2:30 +/- 10 seconds
  • Free Skate 5:30 +/- 15 seconds

 

Junior

  • Maximum test qualifications as of December 1st
  • Minimum test qualifications as of 30 days prior to the close of entries for National Theatre On Ice competition
  • No more than 50% of the team may have passed the Juvenile or Adult gold Free Skate test or higher
  • 100% must have must have passed the Preliminary or Adult Pre-Bronze MIF test
  • No age restrictions

Program Duration

  • CE 2:30 +/- 10 seconds
  • Free Skate 5:00 +/- 15 seconds

 

Novice

  • Test qualifications as of December 1st
  • Minimum test qualifications as of 30 days prior to the close of entries for the National Theatre On Ice competition
  • 100% must have must have passed the Pre-preliminary MIF test
  • No one on the team may have passed the Juvenile or Adult Gold FS test.
  • 80% of the team must be under age 15 as of December1st of the competition year
  • No skater may have reached age 19 as of December 1st of the competition year.

Program Duration

  • CE 2:30 +/- 10 seconds
  • Free Skate 4:30 +/- 15 seconds

 

Adult

  • Minimum test qualifications as 30 days prior to the close of entries for the National Theatre On Ice competition.
  • 100% of the team must have passed at least one US Figure Skating MIF, Freestyle, Dance or Pairs test (not including Basic Skills)
  • Requirements as of the preceding December 1st: Skaters who are 18 years of age or older.

Program Duration

  • CE 2:30 +/- 10 seconds
  • Free Skate 5:30 +/- 15 seconds

 

Preliminary

  • Minimum test qualifications as of December 1st
  • Minimum of 8 skaters on a team - maximum of 24 skaters
  • 100% of the team must have mastered the skills of the Basic Skills Free Skate 1 test and may not have passed any test higher than Pre-Preliminary MIF test.
  • Age requirement as of December 1st of the preceding year: Skaters must be 17 years of age or under.

Program Duration

  • CE 2:00 +/- 10 seconds
  • Free Skate 2:30+/- 10 seconds

 

Open

  • Test qualifications as of 30 days prior to the close of entries for the National Theatre On Ice competition.
  • 100% of the team must have passed at least one U.S. Figure Skating MIF, free skate, dance or pairs test (not including Basic Skills)
  • No age restrictions
  • Minimum of 8 skaters on a team - maximum of 20 skaters

Program Duration

  • CE 2:30 +/- 10 seconds
  • Free Skate 5:00+/- 15 seconds

 

Theatre on Ice Routines

Theatre on ice teams perform two routines called programs: The Free Skate ("The Long") and the Choerographic Exercise ("CE" or "The Short"). 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.

Singles skating, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating may be used. In addition, the program must tell a story or act out an emotion or idea. This is done through the technical elements as well as the emotions and body movements of the skaters.

Free Skate

  • Costumes
  • Props
  • Theme or storyline

Choerographic Exercise

  • Team members must only wear black, neck to ankle.
  • No sets or props are allowed.
  • The requirements will change each year.

2016 Theme

  • Theme: The Wind / Wind
  • Choreographic Process: Echo / Call & Response
  • Gestures: Acceleration / Acceleration

2017 Theme

  • Theme: Imagination /  Fantasy
  • Choreographic Process: Auto-reverse /  Retrograde
  • Gestures: Allegro-fast /  Allegro-Fast & lively

 

Competitions

2015 National Theatre On Ice Competition 
U.S. Figure Skating has selected Hyannis, Massachusetts as the site of the 2015 National Theatre On Ice competition. The event will be hosted by the Yarmouth Ice Club and will take place at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, June 18-22, 2015.

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Nations Cup Ballet on Ice 2017 Interclub Competition 
TBA

 

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