Ice-dance.com would not be possible without the volunteer staff who work tirelessly behind the scenes.  
HeadshotDaphne Backman, Owner, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief [ contact Daphne ]
Since co-founding ice-dance.com (IDC) in 1999, Daphne has spent the last 19 years focusing the spotlight on all things ice dance and overseeing the growth of the website. In addition to taking care of the day-to-day updates, she coordinates IDC’s coverage highlighted by the year’s banner event—the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships (not surprisingly, her favorite skating event). Daphne’s web design portfolio includes sites for athletes from the U.S., Canada, and all over the world.  In addition, Daphne has volunteered her time and design expertise at Figure Skaters Online. As a journalist and photographer, she has been published in SKATING Magazine and International Figure Skating, as well as on USFigureSkating.org and IceNetwork.com. Daphne lives in southern Maine.

Melanie 0129Melanie Heaney, Assistant Administrator & Managing Editor, Chief Canadian Correspondent [ contact Melanie ]
Not wanting to see Canucks short-changed on the ice dance coverage, Chicago native Melanie Hoyt joined the staff of IDC to develop and oversee our Canadian beat. In addition to her regular work at IDC, Melanie has been a columnist for International Figure Skating since late 2010. Her articles and photography have also been published online by Golden Skate, the International Skating Union, U.S. Figure Skating, IceNetwork, Skate Today, and in print media from Long Island to Vancouver. She can often be found boardside in an earflap hat, shooting developing skaters at local rinks. She has maintained Tracings.net, an archive for skating results and skater profiles, since 2004. Melanie’s “favourite” event to attend is Skate Canada Challenge, although the Canadian Championships are holding her over until Challenge is in a more accessible location once again. She cannot say no to a well-prepared latte, and she is constantly in pursuit of the perfect split jump photograph.

Anne Calder, Journalist & Event Reporter
Anne first learned to skate on the Charles River in Cambridge, MA.  After graduating from Boston College, she taught high school English in California, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. She went to her first US Nationals in 1991 in Minneapolis and has continued to attend events in the US, Canada, and Europe. She wrote for Skate Today for two years prior to joining the IDC staff in 2015. Anne currently resides in Chandler, AZ with her two new white kittens named Katia and Sergei.

Francesca, Photographer, Journalist & Event Reporter
Francesca started following figure skating one February evening in 2006 while casually surfing through the TV channels, when she caught a glimpse of the competitions at the Torino Winter Olympics. It was love at first sight, and she never looked back. She travels to attend events whenever she can (the Challenger Series, when new programs are unveiled in small venues, are her favorite). She started taking photos at competitions in 2016.  Originally from Italy, she is a researcher in biology and moved to Montréal in 2017 to work at the university, after living in a few different countries. You can view Francesca’s photos via Flickr or follow her on Twitter (@FS_Evolution) where she posts up-to-date information on the skating world and competition reports. 

Robin Ritoss, Staff Photographer
Robin has been covering figure skating since 2005. She has regularly provided event reports and photos for Skatetoday.com since 2006. She joined the staff of ice-dance.com after getting sucked into the IDC photography vortex at the 2009 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships. Robin’s work has been published in the International Herald Tribune, multiple skating magazines, and around the Internet. Currently residing in California, Robin has racked up more miles on airplanes than in her 1990 Acura Integra. She covered 20 international events during the 2014-2015 skating season alone and has no plans of slowing down now. Her favorite event was the 2005 Grand Prix Final where she got to work with Tatiana Flade as part of the ISU media team and tour her favorite city of Tokyo.

Julia Komarova, Staff Photographer
Julia started covering figure skating in 2007 and started photographing a year later. Julia loves the world and traveling and normally attends 10 events during the season. Her favorite events are Worlds, Russian Nationals and especially Nebelhorn Trophy, which is held in beautiful Obertsdorf. For Julia, all competitions are enjoyable, whether it’s an adult event, junior, a B competition or a small Russian event. Her photographs have been published in Figure Skating (Russia) magazine and on skater’s websites. In addition to figure skating. she also enjoys attending and photographing tennis and track and field events. Julia was born and still lives in her home city of Moscow, Russia.

Katie Pettet, Staff Photographer 
Originally from Iowa, Katie began photographing skating events in 1999. While living in Russia, Katie took advantage of the opportunity to shoot competitions and shows in St. Petersburg and Moscow, including the 2005 World Championships (her favorite event to date). In 2006, she upgraded to a digital SLR camera and enrolled in digital photography classes in Chicago. After volunteering with ice-dance.com at the 2007 Lake Placid Ice Dancing Championships, Katie became a prolific contributor to IDC. Since 2007 Katie has covered such events as the Midwestern Sectional Championships, U.S. Nationals, Stars on Ice, Superstars on Ice, and Skate for the Heart. Katie’s photographic and journalistic work has been published in Blades On Ice magazine as well as on IceNetwork.com and USFigureskating.org. Katie holds a B.A. in Russian and Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in International Education from The George Washington University.

Liz Chastney, Staff Photographer
A New Jersey native who began doing skating photography in 2006, Liz (and her dog, Fenway) reside in Orlando, Florida where she is pursuing a full-time career in photography. Her photos have been published in Blades on Ice and iSkate magazines and can be seen on numerous official sites for skaters around the world. Liz mainly covers events in Europe and Asia and will jump at any opportunity to shoot in Japan. In her spare time, she heads over to Disney World, racking up the miles walked and frames shot. Her favorite event? Anything that takes her to Japan.

Photographers

Seán Gillis & Hiro Yoshida
from Europe on Ice
Harumi Akabane
Danielle Earl
Barry Gropman
Michele Peltier
Natasha Ponarina

Journalists

Laura Flagg
Katerina Tetzloff
Jacquelyn Thayer

Website Support

Tammi McManus
Jean Wyble

Athlete Bloggers

Christina Carreira
Joe Johnson
Karina Manta
Avonley Nguyen
Elliana Pogrebinsky 

SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED ALONG THE WAY

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Emma Abraham
Jay Adeff
Andriana Andreev
Brett Barden
Bash Beard
Alex Benoit
Jamie Blanchard
Sherry Bosley
Tanja Brand
Nick Buckland
Isabella Cannuscio
Elisabeth Carlson
Stefano Caruso
Bob Cepican
Penny Coomes
Katie-Katherine Copely
Phil Culhane

Monica Cusick
Ashley Deavers
Dianna Deavers
Ryan Devereaux
Damian Dodge
Ashley Duenas
Charissa Ebersole
Dee Eggert
Karen Frank
Marni Gallagher
Nikki Georgiadis
Jonathan Guerrero
Lindsay Higgins
Sherrie Hiner
Payten Howland
Marie Hughes
Frederike Hylla
Susanne Kempf
Tanja Kolbe

Anna Kondakova
Lynn Kriengkrairut
Kevin Leahy
Perry Levine
Chloe Lewis
Howard Mager
Kerstin Maier
Denise Manzagol
Kate Manzagol
Elyse Matsumoto
Charlotte Maxwell
Casey McManus
Colin McManus
Jim McManus
Ashli Meynert
J. Barry Mittan
Ben Nykiel
Adelaide Ponte Usdin
Wendy Ponte

Cathy Reed
Amy Salamey
Alexandra Sherman
Alex Shibutani
Maia Shibutani
Isabel Silva
Vicky Smith
Adam Stein
Paul Tortland
Jayar Walker
Wendilee Walpole
Sonja Wendl
Jennifer Wester
Michelle Wojdyla
Katie Wyble
K. Yuda
Cara Zanella

A final thanks to those who have visited: the fans, athletes, parents, coaches and officials! Thank you for letting us know of the “gremlins” that need to be fixed within the web site, as well as suggestions you have for new ideas and content. As all skaters know, feedback is crucial, because it makes us improve. When we are buried in photos and html, getting those little notes that say, “thanks, we’re enjoying your site and keep up the good work!” mean so much.