American Ice Theatre (AIT) will debut its first production in Chicago titled “Let’s Dance!” on May 31 at 7 p.m. Set to take place at the McFetridge Sports Center, this one-time premier event will be fun for the whole family.
Tickets can be purchased at http://americanicetheatre.org. General Admission is $30 and VIP Seating and reception with the skaters is $60. Along with the AIT ensemble, the show features work from finalists in the Young Artists Showcase (YAS), an online international figure skating choreography competition. Guest stars include 2014 Olympic Team bronze medalist Jason Brown, 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley, 2013 U.S. champion Harmony Theatre Company and U.S. novice silver medalist Paige Ryberg.
AIT is a non-profit “dance on ice” company comprised of accomplished and nationally recognized figure skaters performing with a mission to infuse the art of dance to the ice by presenting contemporary and sophisticated work.
“My goal for American Ice Theatre is to be accessible enough that people on the streets of America know and appreciate what ice theatre is as they do for ballet,” AIT Founder and Director Jodi Porter said. “It is a model that can extend the life of a skater and allow for more career opportunities. There are talented national and world level skaters that don’t make the Olympic Team yet are beautiful to watch artistically. We are an artistic outlet for skaters to continue to grow and perform.”
“Let’s Dance, a celebration of artistic figure skating” takes the audience on a journey through classical, cultural, and contemporary dance on the ice. American Ice Theatre brings the best of ice and dance together in its inaugural production in Chicago.
“AIT was built from my personal education and professional experience in dance and professional figure skating,” Porter said. “I have been actively educating others about the art and processes taken from dance and its translation to the ice. I see this fresh enthusiasm growing tremendously thanks to YAS and artistic skating seems to be a perfect fit here in Chicago.”
The performance is sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating and supported by the Windy City Figure Skating Club. For additional information call Jodi Porter (847) 920-4262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos courtesy of Marla Brown