Top Row L to R:
Alissa Czisny, Karina Manta, Kseniya Ponomaryova, Lara Shelton, Angela Wang
Bottom Row L ro R:
Kurt Browning, Collin Brubaker, Joe Johnson, Adam Kaplan, Neill Shelton
IDI will be the company in residence in Stowe, Vermont September 13-18, hosted by Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, thanks to a significant grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts.
During the week, Kurt Browning will create a new piece called “MisDirected” with a commissioned score by Jonathan Galland and costumes by IDI costume designer, Alicia Jackson.
IDI will also teach beginner, intermediate and master classes, an edge and turns class for hockey skaters, and will perform on Friday the 17th. The performance called “New Works: An Evening with IDI” will feature the premier of Cindy Stuart’s Experience, and a new edition of Douglas Webster’s “Revival” that will feature the cast of 10. The evening will also feature Benoit Richaud’s “Reflections” and Rohene Ward’s “Till The End.”
The company will rehearse the weeks before and after the residency, film the new pieces at The Skating Club of Boston to premier during the free IDI virtual gala presentation on October 28th at 8:30pm EST, and will also perform at Dover Arena in Dover, New Hampshire on Friday September 24th at 6:45pm.
For registration, more information, and tickets to these events, please visit our Upcoming Events Page.
Mr. Browning will skate and choreograph for IDI in September 2021.
Browning was both Canadian figure skating champion and World Champion four times. He represented Canada in three Winter Olympics and earned the privilege of carrying the Canadian Flag during the opening ceremonies of the 1994 games in Lillehmammer, Norway. Browning's other achievements include three Canadian Professional Championships and three World Professional Championships. He is the first person to land a quadruple jump in competition. Mr. Browning has had an extensive career choreographing for top skaters across the world and has been on creative teams for top ice shows including Cirque De Soleil and Stars on Ice.
Collin joined IDI in 2020 and performed on IDI's 2nd tour!
Collin Brubaker is originally from the Chicago area and first started skating at the age of 6. He is a former team USA athlete and competed internationally and nationally- Notable highlights in his career include the silver medal at the US figure skating championships and being selected to the Junior world team. After his competitive career, he completed his degree in communications and finance, but later returned back to the ice to perform and coach!
IDI company member since 2017
Alissa Czisny is an American former competitive figure skater. She is the 2010 Grand Prix Final champion, a two-time Skate Canada champion (2005, 2010), the 2011 Skate America champion, and a two-time U.S. national champion (2009, 2011). As a professional skater, Alissa is a long time and current cast member of Stars on Ice, she has worked on the choreography team of the new Cirque De Soleil skating shows, and has performed in productions all over the world.
Joseph Johnson has been skating with his partner Karina since 2014. With her, he competed at the senior level for Team USA for four years, becoming an international medalist and Grand Prix level ice dancer. He retired from competition in 2019 to join in the creation of Cirque du Soleil's show, Axel, and has also been a part of the UK television show Dancing On Ice.
IDI company member since 2017
Adam can be seen on In Flight: The Art of IDI. He has performed all over the world and starred in Holiday on Ice in Europe.
He currently runs his own production company and skating school called ShowStoppers.
Karina Manta has been skating alongside her partner Joe Johnson since 2014. Together they have competed at the senior level for Team USA for four years, becoming international medalists and Grand Prix competitors. Since retiring from competitive skating, she has toured with the Cirque du Soleil show AXEL and performed as a professional for the UK television series, Dancing on Ice. She also attended the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs where she studied English. She has written a memoir titled, On Top of Glass, which is set to publish this October. The book is partly about growing up as a queer woman in figure skating, but it’s mostly just about the experience of being a teenage girl.
Kseniya was born in Odessa, Ukraine. She started ice dance at the age of 6 and trained with the Figure Skating Team of Ukraine at the age of 11. Kseniya is a Ukrainian National, International and ISU junior Grand Prix competitor and Novice Ukrainian Champion in ice dance with Alexey Shumski. She is a 5 time US National competitor and US Sectional championships medalist with Oleg Altukhov.
Kseniya skates and coaches in Chicago. She holds a Certified rating in choreography and a Bachelor's Degree in Olympic Sports from the Pedagogical University in Kiev. She is a coach of Juvenile US National Champions Kiana Pan and Ilya Mondrowski.
IDI company member since 2017
From Wayland MA, Lara grew up watching her mom dance on stage. When at 5, twirling in her tutu transitioned into a love for ice skating, she balanced a rigorous on ice schedule with training at New England Ballet, and performing in various ballets as a member with the Dance Prism company.
Following a national competitive career in the pairs discipline with her brother Neill, Lara joined her first show, and has been skating professionally for the past ten years.
Since joining the professional skating world, Lara has been able to combine her passion with her love of travel, skating around the world as both a soloist and principal pair skater with companies such as Rand Productions, Holiday on Ice, Willy Bietak Productions with Royal Caribbean, Stageworks Worldwide Entertainment’s Hot Ice, Dynamic Ice, Illusion on Ice, IDI and, Woodstock Productions.
IDI company member since 2017
Neill is from Wayland, Massachusetts and has been skating professionally in shows for 11 years. Throughout his amateur career, Neill competed as a Pairs team with his sister, Lara, becoming nationally ranked before beginning their professional careers together. Neill has skated starring roles for world-renowned production companies including Holiday on Ice, Robin Cousins' ICE, Wheeler Productions, Dynamic Ice Shows, Royal Caribbean [in association with Willy Bietak Productions], Woodstock Ice Productions, and most recently in the Radio City Rockette's Christmas Spectacular in New York City. He is thrilled to be working with Ice Dance International again in his fourth year as a company member.
IDI company member since 2021
Angela is a former Team USA figure skater, winning medals on both the junior and senior international circuit. Professionally, she has performed as a soloist for Sun Valley on Ice and as a principal skater for Willy Bietak Productions. She is currently pursuing a degree in exercise science at the University of Colorado. Angela hopes to continue learning and growing as a performer and is very excited to be a member of IDI!
IDI Performance Apprentices
Gage and Oona Brown are a brother and sister ice dance team from Long Island, New York, who have been skating together for 6 years. They are the 2021 United States. Junior ice dance silver medalists. They currently represent Team USA and have skated at numerous international competitions. Most recently, they competed in Courchevel, France, where they earned the gold medal at their first Junior Grand Prix of the season. They will be attending another Junior Grand Prix in Linz, Austria on October 6th, and hope to place in the top three, which will enable them to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final in Osaka, Japan. For the last 2 years, they’ve trained with their coaches, Inese Bucevica and Joel Dear (a Founding IDI Company Member). The young ice dance team has also performed with Ice Theatre of New York many times over the last 5 years. Recently they worked with instagram’s, On Ice Perspectives, at the beautiful Bryant Park Ice Rink in NYC, and received much love and recognition with a video of their Metallica Free Dance, now at 18 Million views! Oona and Gage are excited to be a part of the show in Stowe and are looking forward o working with IDI again having participated in several IDI Skate 360 workshops at the United States Figure Skating’s Dance Camps over the past couple of years.
IDI Performance Apprentices: Stowe
Maria Bjorkli and Jimmy Koszuta are a Norwegian ice dance team based out of Buffalo, NY and are coached by Bianka Szijgyarto, a national ice dance specialist. Maria and Jimmy have been partners since 2019, but due to the pandemic have not been able to compete on the international circuit. Jimmy is a U.S. Novice National Champion and has been a member of Team USA. Maria is from Stavanger, Norway and moved to Buffalo to pursue her dream as an ice dancer. Maria and Jimmy met in Lake Placid through their choreographer, Joel Dear; one of IDI’s founding company members. Since the pandemic began, Maria and Jimmy have been working with Douglas Webster virtually on zoom taking Skate 360 classes both on and off the ice. They are excited to take part in the week-long residency in Stowe and are delighted to be the first recipients of this IDI apprenticeship scholarship opportunity.
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Angela Wang, Adam Kaplan, Alissa Czisny, Wesley Campbell, Douglas Webster, Lara Shelton, Neill Shelton after the wrap of filming Solstice at the New England Outdoor Center, February 3-5, 2021. IDI lived in a winter bubble and performed pop-ups and live streamed performances.
To learn more about the IDI company during the winter of the pandemic, watch this special feature from NH Chronicle that aired February 4th, 2021.
IDI was presented by Portland Ovations, February 6, 2021 at Thompson's Point in Portland, ME. Watch this WMTW-TV Profile: A 'MAGICAL' pop-up performance at Thompsons Point today! Ice Dance International showcased their piece,'Solstice', in-between public skate as part of Portland Ovations' 'Pop-Up in the Park' art display series.
Top Row L to R:
Ian Lorello, Neill Shelton, Lara Shelton, Douglas Webster, Rohene Ward, Collin Brubaker
Front Row L To R:
Laura Seal, Klabera Komini, Alissa Czisny, Kseniya Ponomaryova.
Not shown; Adam Kaplan
The IDI company spent two months at SBM providing community engagement and educational programs, and also the 2nd Seacoast Skating with the Stars event. The company was touring across the Mid-Atlantic and New England region getting rave reviews. After spending a week in Stowe, VT creating Cindy Stuart’s Experience during IDI’s 1st Spruce Peak Performing Arts Residency, March 11-16, 2020, the pandemic shut the world down. The premier of Cindy’s piece was cancelled, the remaining tour dates in Boise, Aspen, Park City and Sun Valley were shut down and the company returned home. If all goes well, March 2022 will be the return of touring for the IDI company.