Ice Dance International (IDI) will host it’s residency in Sun Valley, Idaho, from September 1-13. US Champion Ryan Bradley, Olympian Beata Handra, US Bronze Medallists Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, US medalist Erin Reed, and National Competitor Joel Dear will be the inaugural company. IDI’s mission is to create classical and contemporary ice ballet with a professional company. IDI serves to educate and inspire by providing mentorship, creative opportunities, collaboration, teaching, outreach and performance.
Three new works will be created in Sun Valley. International ballet star and founding artistic director of Miami City Ballet, Edward Villella, will create one new piece of repertory building on an existing Artie Shaw work. The piece will be called “Stardust” and includes the entire cast. IDI’s Founding Artistic Director, Douglas Webster, will create 2 new works for the company. One will be to Chopin’s “Nocturne’s” with the title of Nocturnes and the other is a contemporary piece.
IDI’s goal is to establish photos and videos of the rep of the work to develop its on line presence. It is also gearing up for a winter tour in New England to show the work and teach workshops, collaborating with university dance departments, skating clubs, and communities.
Douglas Webster is also working simultaneously as Creative Director for Disson Skating’s “Shall We Dance on Ice,” and IDI will have a presence at the International Figures Festival in Lake Placid, NY August 25-29 where Douglas will be teaching “Flow” classes and clinics called “Painting a Canvas”. IDI’s advisor to development and Canadian Figure Skating Champion, Linda Villella, will be judging. Douglas is also working with Junior World Silver Medallists, Nexxice, a synchro team from Canada on their upcoming season’s long program.