ICE THEATRE OF NEW YORK CITY SKATE CONCERT CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER FEBRUARY 15, 2017 AT 1:00 P.M.

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ICE THEATRE OF NEW YORK 
CITY SKATE CONCERT CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER 
FEBRUARY 15, 2017 AT 1:00 P.M.
 
New York, NY: Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) is proud to announce that as part of its annual City Skate Concert Series it will dedicate its February 15 concert in reverence of Black History Month. Some of the skaters ITNY will be presenting include 2016 US Open Champion Rohene Ward, World Junior Champion Derrick Delmore, six-time Finnish National Ice Dance Champion Jessica Huot and Starr Andrews who just last month placed 2nd at the 2017 Junior Ladies Championship following in the footsteps of Olympian Debi Thomas. ITNY’s Ensemble Director is Elisa Angeli.
 
Rohene Ward will be performing Purple Rain: a Tribute to Prince, which was presented to great acclaim at ITNY’s 2016 Home Season and is the very program that earned him the title of US Open Champion.
 
The Concert will be held at Rockefeller Center on February 15, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. and is part of ITNY’s annual City Skate Concert Series with other performances on March 15 and April 5, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. (Rain date is always next day at 1:00 P.M.)

 

 
The 2017 City Skate Concert Series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Ice Theatre of New York receives funding from the Bloomberg Philanthropies, Dance/NYC, the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, the Pioneer Fund, the Will Sears Fund and its generous private patrons. 
 
About Ice Theatre of New York
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 movement, music and art.  Its mission is to elevate dance on ice as a performance art.   Through its performances in both traditional and site-specific venues, ITNY presents ice dance that opens one’s eyes to seeing skating in unexpected ways.  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 artistic merit, ITNY also reaches out to the next generation of skaters and audiences through education, community outreach and training programs.   
PERFORMER BIOS
Starr Andrews 
Current United States Junior Silver Medalist. Starr Andrews was introduced to skating at the age of three years old.  Fascinated by the shiny blades, she found the job of watching her mom skate from the bleachers tortuous.  A precocious child and determined to skate, she took off at lighting speed once granted the privileged. At the age of 9, Starr hit center ice with her artistic “Whip My Hair” routine, earning her over 42 million hits on YouTube.  Recognized as raw talent and talked about on every social network from Ryan Seacrest, Lipstick Alley, Vibe, World Star Hip Hop, Black Celebrity Kids, and many many more. She has attracted fans from Cape Code to Japan with over 49,200 followers. Starr continues to strive towards excellence in figure skating at the Junior Ladies Level, and now part of Team USA. With her eyes set on the Olympics of 2018 and 2022, she’s moving forward in her dream to become the first African American to win Gold at a winter Olympics.
Derrick Delmore 
Derrick Delmore is a former National, collegiate, U.S. Olympic Festival and World Junior Champion.  He competed at 18 consecutive U.S. Nationals and was a member of the U.S. International Team for 14 straight years.  He has served as head coach for skaters in the U.S., Great Britian, Hong Kong and Singapore international teams; aand has coached three U.S. National Medalists.  As well as coaching, Derrick is also a choreographer, and has choreographed programs for skaters in Japan, Korea, Norway, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong and of course, the U.S. His programs have won national and international medals, including those of his student Starr Andrews, current Junior National Silver Medalist.
Rohene Ward
Rohene Ward may be the most decorated show skater in the world.  While there isn’t an Olympic Gold Medal awarded to the crowds favorite he is the current United States Open Professional Champion and known around the world for his incredible talents on the ice.  His originality, creativity, flexibility and technical strength combined make him one of the most popular show skaters internationally. Rohene competed four times at the United States Championships and in 2004 was crowned Puerto Rican National Champion.  As a skater, he was best known for being able to jump and spin in both directions – a task that very few Olympians have ever accomplished publicly.
 
His talents don’t stop “on” the ice.  He has choreographed for national, world and Olympic athletes and in 2015 was named Choreographer of the year by the Professional Skaters Association – the highest honor in his field.  His students include Mariah Bell, Jordan Moeller, Courtney Hicks, U.S. National Champion Jason Brown, Olympians Madison Chock and Evan Bates along with many others.
 
For more information on Ice Theatre of New York or to purchase tickets for upcoming shows call 212.929.5811, or visit www.icetheatre.org
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