Theatre On Ice

What is 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

The resources will help you on your Theatre On Ice journey including a list of current teams, and an informational guide for forming a Theatre On Ice team.

The Theatre On Ice Program is under the auspices of the Theatrical Skating Committee.

2016 Season Notes

2016 National Theatre On Ice Competition

Update 11/25/2016 - Due to an extension of the school year in many school districts across the nation, the Theatrical Skating Committee has agreed to push this year’s national competition one week from when it was originally scheduled. The 2016 National Theatre On Ice competition will now occur from June 29 - July 3, 2016. The event will still be hosted by the Birmingham Figure Skating Club and will take place at the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena. Please mark your calendars so you and your team can be fully prepared for an exciting national competition. We thank you for your understanding as we try to maximize involvement from our skaters nationwide.

2015-16 Choreographic Exercise

The CE process' for the 2015-16 season are:
Theme: Wind

Choreographic Process: Call and Response (echo)

A sequence of body movement vocabulary performed by an individual or group that is echoed or responded to by another individual or group.

Gesture: Acceleration

Gradually moving faster and faster

Choreographic Exercise Elements Video

The examples of Call and Response and Acceleration represented in the video are one approach to the choreographic process and gesture for this years CE. It should be used as a clarification of the CE elements and not a specific example of how the elements should be choreographed.

Choreographic Process
Call and Response: A sequence of body movement vocabulary performed by an individual or group that is echoed or responded to by another individual or group.
A verbal example would be "Knock knock?" (Call) "Who's there?" (Response)
Call and Response is also used extensively in the structure of music itself:
Watch example of Call and Response in Blues
There are many examples online to further explain this concept. Google "Call and Response" along with terms like music, examples, Mozart and songs.

Acceleration: Gradually moving faster and faster.

Wind: The wind axis is not represented in the video as it is not a gesture or movement but is a theme (concept). It is for each choreographer to express wind in their own way.
It is important to understand that the theme/concept of wind must be expressed in the CE using the choreographic process and gesture and not simply be a word in the song (i.e. "Wind Beneath My Wings").
There are many examples of wind in relationship to theatre and dance on YouTube

Thank you to Kate McSwain and Garret Kling for their hard work on the 2015-16 CE Elements video.


2015 National Theatre on Ice Competition
June 18-21, 2015
Hyannis, Massachusetts
Hosted by Yarmouth Ice Club

For event results, pictures and more, click here.

2014 National Theatre On Ice Competition
June 26-28, 2014
Dearborn, Michigan
Hosted by the Dearborn Figure Skating Club
For event results, pictures and more, click here.

April 26-28, 2013
Logrono, Spain
For a complete list of participating Nations Cup teams and officials, please click here.
Photos from 2013 Nations Cup can be found here. Photos courtesy of Kathy Slack.

June 20-22, 2013
Troy, Ohio
Hosted by the Troy Skating Club
For event results, pictures and more, click here.

June 21-23, 2012
Strongsville, Ohio
Hosted by Greater Cleveland Council of Figure Skating Clubs

April 6-10, 2011
Hyannis, Mass.

Our goal is to continue the growth of Theatre On Ice through the increased participation of Theatre On Ice teams and entrants in the National Theatre On Ice competition. If you have any suggestions on how to improve or expand the Theatre On Ice competitive experience, please notify Lauren Whittaker, national vice chair for Theatre on Ice at