Seeing a show on ice brings together elements from a wide variety of performance art mediums. Skaters have the grace of dancers, the precision of athletes and the storytelling ability of stage actors. Enjoy an amazing performance set to music from your favourite musicals and operas.
The Origin of Ice Shows
Relative to traditional theatre, ice shows are a new addition to the performing arts. The first ice show debuted in the U.S. city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the 1930s. A trio of skilled ice skaters decided to add some levity to local hockey games, performing comedy routines on skates under the title Ice Follies.
This show was so successful that other skaters decided to capitalize on the trend, with new shows like the Ice Capades and Holiday on Ice selling out to audiences all over North America. Disney on Ice was born when the Walt Disney Corporation purchased Ice Follies and Holidays on Ice, combining the two companies into today's largest group of skating performers.
More About Ice Shows
No matter what ice show you choose, performances offer you an opportunity to see world-class skaters up close. Former Olympic medallists and World Champions often choose to pursue a professional skating career through ice show performances, showing off the same stunning skill that won them amateur fame. For example, 1994 Olympic silver medallist Nancy Kerrigan performs in ice shows from time to time, and European Dance Bronze Medalists Sinead and John Kerr are a much-sought after addition to high-quality productions.
The Ice Show Experience
Your ice show experience is unique in the world of performance art. Because an ice show combines athletics with theatre, you could be faced with unusual etiquette-related conundrums. These tips will ensure that you enjoy every minute of the experience:
Do bring a jumper along to the performance. Your venue is heated, but you may feel chilly if your seats are close to the ice.
Whether you choose a family-themed ice show or a show intended for adult audiences, skaters may demonstrate difficult, highly-technical skating skills. Feel free to applaud as appropriate, much as you would during a sports match.
While applause is appreciated, normal rules apply as far as chatting during the performance. Please avoid causing distractions for your fellow audience members.
Carefully follow venue instruction regarding flash photography. Though it is tempting to snap a selfie while skaters are on the ice, flashing cameras and smartphones can cause dangerous conditions for the performers.
Unlike sporting events, it is not appropriate to wander in and out of the venue. Arrive on-time and remain seated until intermission.
The best part about ice shows is that they appeal to a wide variety of audiences. When you are a theatre buff and your friends are more athletically-inclined, ice shows offer something for everyone to enjoy.
More Ice Show Events
Ice show tickets are available for audiences of all ages, from Disney on Ice's Frozen, based on the animated blockbuster, to Carmen on Ice, an interpretation of the popular opera.
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