Kittery-based non-profit performing arts organization Ice Dance International (IDI) will present a free-to-the-public open rehearsal and a community skating demonstration on Monday July 15th, 6 pm at the Kittery Community Center gymnasium, 120 Rogers Road. The company is rehearsing at the Center for several days in advance of its upcoming history-making appearance at the Jacob’s PiIlow Dance Festival in the Berkshires.
The final dress rehearsal will be followed by a public question-and-answer session with IDI dancers and Artistic Director/choreographer Douglas Webster. A special skating demonstration for Center campers – also open to the public – takes place earlier that day at 3:45 pm. For both events, IDI dancers will perform on a synthetic ice surface similar to the one they’ll perform on at Jacob’s Pillow.
The rehearsals will include several big names in the skating community including Sinead Kerr (a seven-time British Champion, a European Medalist and a two-time Olympian), Turkish Ice Dancing Champion and 2-time Olympian Alper Ucar, Azerbejian Ice Dance Champion Nadine Ahmed Kerr, and skaters Matej Silecky, Aaron Gillespie and Liz Schmidt.
While the Kittery Community Center performances are free, tax deductible donations will be accepted to support IDI’s Jacob’s Pillow performance and its 2020 local season. Onsite refreshments and DVDs of two IDI television specials will also be on sale to support the company.
IDI is directed by Douglas Webster, a Kittery resident and internationally known ice dance choreographer who was one of the founders of the Labrie Family Skate at Portsmouth, NH’s Strawbery Banke Museum. Webster creates and choreographs the annual holiday Vintage skaters program during the Museum’s Candlelight Stroll. He and the company have produced world-class ice shows in the region for five years, and produced 2019’s Seacoast Skating with the Stars event, which was won by Little Harbour School physical education teacher Sean McGrimley. The company will embark on a regional tour this winter including a local repertory performance, and will host a second Seacoast Skating with the Stars show.
The July 17 Jacob’s Pillow performance is funded in part by New England Foundation for the Arts’ (NEFA) New England States Touring Grant, the Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation and by local, regional and national donors. IDI’s Strawbery Banke winter residence is funded in part by the NEFA Expeditions Grant.
In addition to its live performances, IDI has two American Public Televisions shows, The World of Ice Dance International and In Flight: the Art of Ice Dance International. currently airing on PBS member stations nationwide. Airdates for the public television specials and more info about IDI is available at icedanceinternational.org.
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