Theatre On Ice

What is Theatre On Ice?

Theatre On Ice (TOI) 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 theater and dance. Teams consist of between eight and 30 skaters. Solo skating is discouraged, but is permitted in limited amounts if it enhances the overall telling of the program's story. The programs are judged by regular U.S. Figure Skating judges and are evaluated on technical merit and presentation with emphasis on originality, costuming, artistry and musicality.

There are several TOI teams and TOI competitions around the country, and U.S. Figure Skating is making an effort to standardize and promote this discipline. Skaters, both competitive and noncompetitive, can learn and grow on a theatre team. Best of all, a team can draw club skaters together and increase club spirit.

Both skaters and clubs can experience great rewards from forming and/or joining a Theatre On Ice team. Skaters receive the following benefits:
    • More competitions when performing in competitions and shows
    • A chance to develop the dramatic side of their skating
    • A chance to be part of a team while continuing to use their technical skills
    • A chance to travel both locally and internationally
    • A chance to make new friends both in and out of the club
    • A chance to relax while performing and competing for competitive skaters

The resources will help you on your Theatre On Ice journey including a list of current teams, and an informational guide for forming a Theatre On Ice team.

The Theatre On Ice Program is under the auspices of the Theatrical Skating Committee.

Upcoming Competitions

Upcoming Competitions:

2nd Annual Midwest TOI Festival
Evansville, IN
May 11, 2019
Critique only event; click here for more information
Northern Blast 2019
Woodridge, IL 
May 10-12, 2019
Click here for more information 
2019 National Theater On Ice Competition
Birmingham, AL
June 25-29, 2019
Click here for information, including schedule and announcement. 

If you would like to have your TOI competition included on the list, please email Karissa Woienski ( with website link and event information.

2018-19 Choreographic Exercise

Note that the terms and elements in the CE dictionary are drawn from the choreographic terminology of dance. In developing their choreographic exercises, coaches and choreographers are encouraged to utilize dance resources online to learn more about the CE axes.

Theme: Cultural Dance
Creating an alternate universe by demonstrating unique body movement and gestures outside of everyday life. Movement and music based on the tradition and culture of a geographic location. For example, folk dance, African dance, Irish step dance, Samba, Tango, or Salsa.

Given the intensely personal nature of cultural dance, teams are encouraged to approach their subject matter with respect and a desire to celebrate the dances from culture around the world.

Choreographic Process: Mirroring
Imitating the movement of another when facing that individual or group.

Gesture: Percussive
Sharp, fast, and explosive body movement


2018 National Theatre On Ice Competition
June 26-30, 2018
Geneva, IL
Hosted by the Skating Council of Illinois

For event results, pictures, and more, click here.

2017 National Theatre On Ice Competition
June 21 – 25, 2017
Evansville, Indiana
Hosted by the Greater Evansville Figure Skating Club

For event results, pictures and more, click here.

2017 Nations’ Cup
April 20 – 23, 2017
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Hosted by the Ice House Skating Academy

For event results, pictures and more, click here.

2016 National Theatre On Ice Competition
June 30-July 3, 2016
Birmingham, Alabama
Hosted by Birmingha Figure Skating Club

For event results, pictures and more, click here.

2015 National Theatre On Ice Competition
June 18-21, 2015
Hyannis, Massachusetts
Hosted by Yarmouth Ice Club

For event results, pictures and more, click here.

2014 National Theatre On Ice Competition
June 26-28, 2014
Dearborn, Michigan
Hosted by the Dearborn Figure Skating Club
For event results, pictures and more, click here.

April 26-28, 2013
Logrono, Spain
For a complete list of participating Nations Cup teams and officials, please click here.
Photos from 2013 Nations Cup can be found here. Photos courtesy of Kathy Slack.

June 20-22, 2013
Troy, Ohio
Hosted by the Troy Skating Club
For event results, pictures and more, click here.

June 21-23, 2012
Strongsville, Ohio
Hosted by Greater Cleveland Council of Figure Skating Clubs

April 6-10, 2011
Hyannis, Mass.

Our goal is to continue the growth of Theatre On Ice through the increased participation of Theatre On Ice teams and entrants in the National Theatre On Ice competition. If you have any suggestions on how to improve or expand the Theatre On Ice competitive experience, please notify Lauren Whittaker, national vice chair for Theatre on Ice at