Competitive Figure Skating Rink – Who We Are
The Space Coast Iceplex and Katie Nyman are proud to be among the first rinks in the country to host the Theatre on Ice program. Although popular in Europe for about 20 years, the discipline is new to the United States.
The Iceplex has four teams: Intro, Preliminary, Junior, and Adult, currently in operation, and three of the four are traveling competitive teams.
Theatre on Ice
Theatre on Ice (TOI) is a concept using all aspects of figure skating, incorporating a theme, emotion, or story enhanced by music. It is a performance that includes five dimensions:
The Story Of “Theatre On Ice” at the Iceplex
Our junior team, “THE SPACE COAST HURRICANES,” is where we started 7 years ago, bringing together all the higher-level figure skaters, and working them as a team on Saturday mornings at 6 am. We have since competed in the International Theatre on Ice Event for seven consecutive years and Nationals for 4 years, and these events are what our team skaters look forward to every year.
In 2007, we came home with our first GOLD MEDAL as INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONS with our interpretation of “Alice in Wonderland.” Since then, the various Hurricanes theatre teams have been regular championship winners nationally and internationally.
Our skaters have qualified for the world Theatre on Ice event two times and are the winner in these prestigious events. In April 2013, the Adult and Novice team will be traveling to Logrono, Spain, for the 3rd Nations Cup.
In 2008, the Space Coast ‘FROZEN” Hurricanes adult team formed, and in 2012 won the National title, so an exciting time for our adult team. New adults are joining us all the time, and many of them are Moms of the younger team members. If you are interested in becoming a “Frozen Hurricane,” please contact Coach Katie.
Weekly group class sessions cover off-ice warm-up techniques, basic skating skills, musical timing, interpretation, arms development, and specialized skating movements. All these components are essential for even the beginner in building a strong all-around skater.
Additionally, time is spent during each session to develop Theatre on Ice style routines which are performed in full costume at the regular Iceplex recitals. Participate in this program, the skater will need to be committed to taking part in our four recitals and the annual Holiday Show. The skaters will also have to meet the costuming costs (kept to a minimum) for each event.
As a guideline, recitals are scheduled during the following month:
Class Levels, Times, and Prices
The demand for our TOI program is so great that we now run four different levels of classes, INTRO, PRELIMINARY, JUNIOR, and ADULT.
Intro Level Classes
The “INTRO” level class is for the beginner TOI’ers, and we ask that all skaters must have passed USFS Basic Skills level 6.
Saturdays, 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM…. the first 15 minutes are off the ice.
Preliminary Level Classes
In the “Preliminary” level class, the skaters must have passed the United States Figure Skating Pre - Preliminary moves test.
Friday 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM.
Junior Level Classes
The “JUNIOR” level class is by arrangement with coach Katie.
BY ARRANGEMENT ONLY Saturday 6.00 AM – 7.00 AM
The “ADULT” class is our newest addition to the Theatre program. If you have the first USFS test and are eighteen…we’ll take you!
See Coach Katie for the current schedule.
Coach Katie Nyman
Katie Nyman is from the United Kingdom, where she skated on the London-based team which won the first-ever Theatre on Ice event in Rouen, France, in 1981. She has an extensive background in professional ice shows, performance, and choreography. She has brought this exciting discipline to Florida since 2004 and now has four teams with almost 80 skaters.