Seacoast Skating with the Stars
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 2 pm (weather date Feb 10 at 11 am)
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.
Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond hosts the 5th annual professional ice dance performance on the outdoor ice rink. Spectators watch from around the perimeter fence so all have a front-row view (limited seating is available). Produced by Founding Artistic Director Douglas Webster of Ice Dance International, an ensemble ice dance company, the performance again features international skating champions -- with a special new twist this year.
This year’s professional ice skating show follows the format of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Each local Portsmouth ‘star’ is paired with professional skater to perform a 90-second routine in addition to individual performances by the professionals. The volunteer skaters are being coached by Ice Dance International and Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond artistic director Doug Webster. The IDI professional skaters practice with their partners for a week before the show on February 9th. The complete show also includes performances by professional IDI skaters. Winners chosen by a panel of local judges, including two-time Olympian JoJo Starbuck and ice dance choreographer Elin Schran. Tickets for rinkside viewing and skating after the show: Adult $15, Child (5-17) $10, Family $40. VIP (meet & greet) Adult $22, Child $18.
"This is an exciting opportunity to see incredible Olympic-level skating up close and to meet the stars in person, including IDI company members who work on the world stage,” said Webster. The show is sanctioned by US Figure Skating.
The ice show is made possible by Bank of America, Dos Amigos/Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café, Sailmaker's House, Water Street Inn (Kittery), Evergreen Dental and a grant from New England Foundation for the Arts. The show lasts 30 minutes.
Advanced skaters, are invited to participate in a pre-performance Edge Class on the ice with Douglas Webster and the performers on February 3 from 1:45-2:30. Limited to 30 participants, tickets are available for $50 per person. These tickets include the skating show and “meet & greet” with the stars, after the show.
The repertory from this live show in 2018 was featured on the public television special “The World of Ice Dance International,” airing nationwide on PBS. IDI is a Maine-based not-for-profit organization working to share the beauty of ensemble ice dance with the world and will complete national and international tours this year.
Skaters, including local competitors, perform routines to hit songs and include (subject to appearance schedule):
Ryan Bradley – 2011 US National Champion and founding cast member of IDI
Joel Dear -- two time US National Medalist and a four-time US Figure Skating team member
Carly Donowick - two time Pacific Coast champion
Beata Handra -- medalled at four U.S. Figure Skating Championships and represented the United States at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City
Jonathon Hunt -- 2003 Junior World Pairs Bronze Medalist and 2004 US Nationals Senior Pairs Medalist
Ian Lorello -- bronze medal in two Junior Grand Prix Events in 2009 and competed at the 2011 Skate America Grand Prix
Anastasia Olson -- represented Team USA for 5 years competing at 14 national championships and medalling at the intermediate, novice, and junior levels.
Strawbery Banke President and CEO, Lawrence J. Yerdon commented, “Audiences are always hugely impressed by the professional ice shows Douglas Webster and the Ice Dance International team present at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond. Taking place on the eve of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the event gives Seacoast residents the chance to see medalists perform in person. Their championship skating, their generosity in sharing time with the public, the costumes and the setting have already made this show a ‘don’t miss’ highlight of the winter.”
Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.