Ice Dance International Makes Its Way to West Orange

The Maine-based nonprofit is performing, and hosting a clinic, at Richard J. Codey Ice Arena on October 1.

Ice Dance International skaters
Ice Dance International is coming to West Orange on October 1. Photo courtesy of David J. Murray/

A chilling performance is coming to New Jersey, and so are lessons.

Ice Dance International, a Maine-based professional performing arts ice dance company, is currently touring its latest show, Grace: The Power Of Dance On Ice. The nonprofit’s tour stops at the Richard J. Codey Ice Arena in West Orange on Saturday, October 1, with a 7 pm showtime. Prior to that, Ice Dance International is hosting its Skate 360 Clinic at the venue from 4–5:45 pm.

The Grace tour is Ice Dance International’s first major tour since the pandemic began. Naturally, the performance has been influenced by the events of the last few years.

“This is really our first time back,” said executive and artistic director Douglas Webster. “The show is really a comment about this time, not just in terms of the pandemic, but also politically, and how we can find grace in our lives, our experiences in our communities, in our faith, and in our commitment to every moment of the times.”

Webster adds that his cast is “over the moon” about the return of live performances. The ensemble comprises 11 skaters, including two-time United States champion Alissa Czisny and U.S. Open champions Kseniya Ponomaryova and Collin Brubaker.

“Outside of the emotional journey that Grace takes you on, it is filled with athleticism and world-class skating,” Webster said of the 90-minute show. “You’re going to get to see this combination of theater and dance and journey, but all within the foundation of great skating skill.”

Those who wish to attend the West Orange show can purchase $25 general admission tickets online; attendees 18 and under only need to pay $15. Webster promised that the theatrical production will keep kids of all ages engaged.

Those interested in the Skate 360 clinic can opt for an $80 ticket that includes admission to the evening performance. The clinic is for experienced skaters; kids and adults will be broken up into low- and high-level groups based on their skill levels. The clinic includes on- and off-ice portions, during which Ice Dance International members will teach participants various skating skills and techniques.

“This is a chance for us to share what we can,” Webster said.
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