Founded in 1984 by Moira North, Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) has changed the face of figure skating by creating works that integrate the sensibilities of contemporary dance, music and art. Through its performances in both traditional and alternative venues, ITNY presents on-ice dances that challenge the perceptions and conventional definitions of figure skating. ITNY was the first ice dance company to receive dance program funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition to building and performing works of artisitic merit, ITNY also reaches out to the next generation of skaters and audiences through its exemplary education, community outreach and training programs.
The Spring Fling Celebrity Skate 2012 was a benefit to raise money to cover rehearsal costs for the 2012/2013 season. Nobel laureate Robert Engle, NY 1 news anchor Pat Kiernan, and fashion designer Nicole Miller performed skating routines judged by Olympic champion Dick Button, Ice Theatre of New York founder and director Moira North, and award-winning choreographer and founder of Parsons Dance, David Parsons and the audience.The celebrity skate-off was interspersed with performances by the Ice Theatre of New York. "All My Children" star Rebecca Budig and Ice Theatre of New York Artistic Director Douglas Webster hosted the event.
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