Theatre on Ice FAQs

What is Theatre on Ice?

Theatre on Ice 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 theatre and dance. TOI teams consist of 8 to 24 skaters, and the emphasis is on skating together as a group. Solo skating is generally discouraged, but is permitted in limited amounts if it enhances the overall telling of the program’s story.

TOI is associated with the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA).  Programs are judged by regular USFSA judges and are evaluated on technical merit and presentation with emphasis on originality, costuming, artistry, and musicality.  There are several TOI teams and competitions around the country, and USFSA is making an effort to standardize and promote this discipline.

Skaters, both competitive and noncompetitive, can learn and grow on a theatre team. Being part of a TOI team teaches us to respect one another’s strengths and to help each other in areas of weakness. It allows skaters to work together fostering an environment of teamwork, camaraderie, dedication, and fun.

For more information on Theatre on Ice, visit United States Figure Skating’s Theatre on Ice page.

What does a Theatre on Ice team do?

A Theatre on Ice team works to tell a short story through the artistic medium of figure skating.  They may use elaborate props and costumes to enhance the storytelling, or a minimalist approach could be used to allow the skating, music, and basic movement to tell the story.  Each of our teams works on two programs throughout the season.  Generally, one program tends to fall in the aforementioned “elaborate” category, while the second program tends to fall in the “minimalist” category.

What level skater do I have to be?

Theater teams can have skaters competing at various skill levels, but a skater must be at least at the Freestyle 3 level or higher. Every year VITOF has teams competing at various skill and age levels, depending on interest and on eligibility rules set forth by the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA).

For the 2016-2017 Season, both Preliminary and Intermediate skaters must have passed at least the Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field test. Senior skaters must have passed at least the Juvenile Moves in the Field test.

Is there an age limit?

Preliminary skaters must be 12 years of age or under on April 1, 2017, with the exception of 5 skaters which may be outside the age range.

Intermediate skaters must be 18 years of age or under on April 1, 2017.

Senior skaters must have reached the age of 14 by April 1, 2017, with the exception of 5 skater which may be outside the age range.

How long is the season?

The season begins in September with tryouts and goes through the National Theatre on Ice Competition in June.

When and how often do you practice?

The Intermediate and Preliminary teams practice on Monday nights for 1 hour (for on or off-ice), and on some Saturday nights throughout the season.

The Senior team practices on Wednesday nights for 1 hour (off-ice), and once a month on Saturday for 2 hours (on-ice).

How much does it cost to be on the team?

Monthly dues vary from season to season and are determined based on the projected cost of that season and the number of skaters registered with Virginia Ice Theatre. Dues for the 2016-2017 Season are $150.00 per month from September through June. Fees may vary based on team level or families with more than one skater participating in the program. Monthly dues cover the bulk of expenses associated with running a Theatre on Ice team, such as: ice rental, coaching expenses, competition fees, costumes, props, etc. Additional expenses, separate from the monthly fees, may include but are not limited to: team uniforms and apparel, travel and lodging expenses for competitions, and skaters’ individual lessons, testing, and SCNV/USFS/ISI membership fees.

Is Theatre on Ice for boys and girls?