When people think of modern show skating they immediately conjure up images that include the hottest skaters of the day, glitzy lighting and big tricks. If you’re lucky, a tour breezes into your town, hands you two hours of jam-packed sensory overload and that’s it until next year.
What often gets lost in all of that is the purity of skating. Big names fresh off an Olympic year will come and go, but it’s the soul-splitting love of the ice that makes a skater stick around for the long haul.
Forget about a jumping competition connected by arm movements and crossovers, what Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) presents is a fusion of dance and skating. It’s all about movement, and that is what keeps the audiences returning each season.
Originally published in February 2013