Ice Theatre of New York

Breathtaking ice choreography performed by skating apprentices and ensemble members

Watch impressive young skating apprentices and professional ensemble members from Ice Theatre of New York transform the Rink into a stage during five-minute pop-up skating performances this season.

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About Ice Theatre of New York

Founded by Moira North, ITNY’s mission is to celebrate and advance dance on ice as a performance art. Through its performances in both traditional and site-specific venues, ITNY presents ice dance that helps to open one’s eyes to seeing skating in new and unexpected ways. ITNY was the very 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. www.icetheatre.org

City Skate Pop-Up Concerts are supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. ITNY is also supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and NYC Council Member Mark Levine and by Dance/NYC’S Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund.

Additionally, ITNY receives funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Founda-tion, the Will Sears Foundation, and its generous private patrons.

About the Performers

Armen Agaian has been ice skating since 2002. Armen was a 5-time National Champion in Georgia and partic-ipated in the Junior World Championships three times. He has also participated in the 2013 Youth Olympic games, the Junior Grand Prix (2012-2015) and 2016 European Championships. Armen is now a skating coach in New York and is thrilled to have been a part of Ice Theatre of New York® since 2018.

Oona and Gage Brown are a sister and brother ice dance team from Long Island, New York, who have been skating together for six years. They are the 2021 U.S. junior national ice dance silver medalists. They represent Team USA and have skated at numerous international competitions. Most recently, they skated in Linz, Austria, where they earned the silver medal at their second Junior Grand Prix of the season. This placement has earned them a spot at the Junior Grand Prix Final in Osaka, Japan (December 9th-December 12th)! They have been training with their coaches, Joel Dear (ITNY choreographer) and Inese Bucevica, for over two years. They have also performed with Ice Theatre of New York a multitude of times over the last five years. Recently they’ve worked with On Ice Perspectives at The Rink at Bryant Park and received much love and recognition for the resulting video of their Metallica Free Dance, now at 18 million views!

Valerie Levine has been dancing tap, jazz and ballet since she was 4 years of age and started roller-skating at that time. After begging her parents for figure skating lessons, she started training at 11. She auditioned for Disney On Ice during high school and was accepted but decided to get her bachelor’s degree in college first. She went on to get her Senior Ladies Moves and Pre-golds in ice dance by 19 and skated as an ice girl for the NHL teams the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders during those years. She furthered her dance knowledge while in college getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Product Management Textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She minored in dance and trained at the Broadway Dance Center in many dance styles, which led her to her current career as a professional belly dancer, ballroom dancer, Brazilian samba dancer, fire performer and the like. Valerie has collaborated on ITNY events for the past decade. You can find out more about Valerie Levine on her website: Valerinadance.com

Elizabeth (Liz) Schmidt is a Japanese/German American skater from Chicago, IL. She recently moved from San Francisco, CA to New York City. She is a U.S. Figure Skating Double Gold medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field, and a Silver medalist in Ice Dancing. Luscious edges, artistic dynamic movement, and tradi-tional ice dancing informs her skating and professional career which began in 2013 at the age of 18, performing internationally in Germany and across the US. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2018, and she has exhibited work across the Bay Area. Liz has been skating with IT-NY since 2017.

Kaitlyn Weaver - Empathetic communication—through sport, dance, public speaking, or charity—is Kaitlyn Weaver’s passion and gift. As an athlete, she reached the highest honor of figure skating and competed for Can-ada at the Olympic Games, and thrice stood on the World podium with her long-time ice dance partner, An-drew Poje. Kaitlyn remains active in the professional skating world and uses her platform for advocacy while dividing her time between New York, NY and Toronto, ON. Post-competitive life finds this ambitious creative engaging in her skating community, participating in and initiating global fundraisers, and part-time coaching and choreography. Ice Theatre of New York, Inc. has commissioned Kaitlyn to create a new solo dance repertory piece for the Company, which she will choreograph and perform.