The World of Ice Dance International

Ice Dance International (IDI) and Sun Valley Resort

The World of Ice Dance International

Sunday, April 8, 2018

6:30 pm

$6.50 - $8.50

In September of 2017, IDI taped two one hour television specials outdoors at the Sun Valley Skating Center called “The World of Ice Dance International.”

The first will begin airing on public television nationwide in April of 2018. The special was created by Sun Valley locals; Stellar Adventure Media, Spencer Cordovano and Mark Oliver and features 4 pieces of IDI repertory choreographed by IDI artistic director, Douglas Webster and ballet great, Edward Villella.

The show includes documentary footage about the history of ensemble skating, Sun Valley and the founding of IDI.


The showing in the Opera House will be the only chance to catch this exciting documentary on the big screen.


Along with its’ touring repertory, IDI has created significant community engagement programs, including collaborations in Sun Valley with Higher Ground for a program teaching kids with special needs to skate.


Ice Dance International
Ice Dance International
Ice Dance International (IDI)
exists to share the beauty of ensemble ice dance with the world.

Founded just over two years ago by Dick Button, Edward and Linda Villella, Debbie Gordon, and artistic director Douglas Webster, IDI has created a full show of touring repertory with work by Mr. Villella and Mr. Webster and choreographers Benoit Richaud and Stephanee Grosscup. This show, Ice/Dance traveled the United States in the fall of 2016 to rave reviews. This past September of 2017, IDI taped two one hour television specials called “The World of Ice Dance International.” The first will air on public television in April of 2018. The specials feature nine pieces of company repertory as well as documentary footage about the history of ensemble skating and the founding of IDI.
This June of 2018, dance luminary Trey McIntyre is on board to create a new company work for IDI in a residency in Portland, Maine and in the fall of 2018, IDI plans to be back on the road with a national and international tour.

Along with its’ touring repertory, IDI has created significant community engagement programs, including collaborations in Sun Valley with Higher Ground for a program teaching kids with special needs to skate. IDI has also taught national clinics that share the joy of skating and participated in special events that help build and support the foundation of its’ touring repertory company.

These special IDI Events include live discussion, unique performances, and outreach. During IDI’s first couple of years, IDI Events has presented shows at Fenway Park, Rockefeller Center, The Strawbery Banke Museum, The Fenimore Museum, and conducted a live discussion presented by Words on Dance at the San Francisco Ballet Studios.

This year we’ll have events at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and The American Scandinavian House in New York City.

The vision of Ice Dance International is to share the joy of dancing on ice with the world.

Stellar is a multi-media platform that combines sophisticated motion picture and artistic photography to convey the most compelling stories and adventures possible. While focusing on quality media production with the highest standards of production value, the Stellar team also prides itself the ability to move swiftly and efficiently in remote locations to capture action, scenery, and lifestyle imagery. Collaboration is a critical component to Stellar Media’s success. Whether it be on the rugged peaks that dot our planet or behind the computer screen, it’s an incredible logistical challenge to capture and share the extraordinary moments that we strive for in life. To create this work takes a strong team of dedicated and like- minded individuals working in unison towards the same goal. Stellar’s collection of professionals has organically come together and includes some of the hardest working and most talented people both in front of and behind the lens.

Douglas Webster is the Founding Artistic Director of Ice Dance International.
The IDI company will air a public television documentary this April 2018 that celebrates the history and joy of dancing on ice as well as showcasing the company repertory.
In the past few years, Douglas has served as the Creative Director for the television show “Shall We Dance on Ice,” Artistic Director of Ice Theatre of New York, staff for US Figure Skating’s Dance Camp and Components Camp, and staff for Grassroots to Champions, He has also choreographed for many major skating companies in the world, including Disney on Ice (10 shows, including High School Musical); Holiday on Ice (3 shows); Stars On Ice (2); and The Sun Valley Ice Show (3).
His choreography has been seen in many television shows, including Disson Skating, Winter Solstice on Ice; Skating with the Stars for ABC TV; and Sterren Dansen op Het IJs in The Netherlands.
Douglas has been nominated for both Professional Skating Association Awards; the Paul McGrath and F. Ritter Shumway.
His education includes studying acting at the William Esper Studios in NYC, he is certified massage therapist, and a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a BA in English lit.
Douglas lives in Kittery, Maine

EDWARD VILLELLA (IDI Founding Member, Executive Advisor, and Choreographer)

Edward Villella is a danseur and choreographer, frequently cited as America’s most celebrated male dancer of ballet of his time. Edward is renowned worldwide for his dramatic transformation of the male image in ballet.
Villella enrolled in the School of American Ballet at age ten. He attended the New York Maritime Academy, where he lettered in baseball and was a championship boxer. He graduated with a marine science degree in 1957, and rejoined the School of American Ballet.
Villella became a member of the New York City Ballet in 1957, rising to soloist in 1958 and principal dancer in 1960.Villella was the first American male dancer to appear with the Royal Danish Ballet, and the only American ever asked to dance an encore at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. He danced at the inaugural for President John F. Kennedy, and performed for Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Ford. He won an Emmy Award in 1975 for his CBS television production of Harlequinade.
After retirement as a performer, Villella was the artistic coordinator of the Eglevsky Ballet from 1979—84 and the director of Ballet Oklahoma (now Oklahoma City Ballet) from 1983—85. He has also been artistic advisor to New Jersey Ballet since 1972 and currently is a special artist at New Jersey School of Ballet. He was named founding artistic director of Miami City Ballet in 1985 and served in that role until 2012.
In 1997, Villella was named a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton. He was also named the Dorothy F. Schmidt artist-in-residence at Florida Atlantic University in 2000. He was inducted into the National Museum of Dance’s Mr & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame in 2009.
Richard T Button is a figure skater and a well-known, long-time skating television analyst. He is a two-time Olympic Champion (1948, 1952), five-time World Champion (1948–1952), and seven time National Champion (1946-1952). He is also the only non-European man to have become European Champion.
Button is credited as having been the first skater to successfully land the double axel jump in competition in 1948, as well as the first triple jump of any kind – a triple loop – in 1952. He also invented the flying camel spin, which was originally known as the "Button Camel”.
He has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University along with a law degree from Harvard. He is the Founder of Candid Productions, where he created a variety of made-for-television sports events.
Button provided commentary for CBS’s broadcast of the 1960 Winter Olympics, launching a decades-long career in television broadcast journalism. Button again did commentary for CBS's broadcast of the 1961 United States Figure Skating Championships. Beginning in 1962, he worked as a figure skating analyst for ABC Sports, which had acquired the rights to the U.S. Championships as well as the 1962 World Figure SkatingChampionships. During ABC's coverage of figure skating events in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Button became the sport's best known analyst, well known for his frank and often caustic appraisal of skaters' performances. He won an Emmy Award in 1981 for Outstanding Sports Personality – Analyst. During the 2006 Winter Olympics, USA Network ran a show called Olympic Ice. A recurring segment, called "Push Dick's Button," invited viewers to send in questions, which Button answered on the air. He has just written a book by the same title.
Button was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1976, the same year it was founded. On December 15, 2015 Button was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in NYC.
He is also an avid gardener where he frequently is giving garden lectures.

Linda Villella was the founder and executive director of the Miami City Ballet School. She started with thirty of her daughter’s friends and grew it to an internationally acclaimed ballet school of four hundred students from Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. The summer intensive program was considered to be one of the top summer programs in the country and many students went on to dance professionally around the world.
Linda’s background was not in dance. She was the Canadian National Figure Skating Champion, the bronze medalist at the North American Championships, a member of the World and Olympic figure skating teams in Canada, the star of Ice Capades and feature performer for television shows and commercials. She met her husband Edward while helping him choreograph a television special for Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill.
Translating her ice background into a dance school was similar but challenging. Her responsibilities included hiring all faculty and staff, developing all programming and schedules for winter and summer programs, coordinating up to one hundred students with Nutcracker performances in three counties, coordinating Miami City Ballet School’s summer intensive with housing, food, busing, activities, chaperones, and health care, providing outreach programs and performances for schools, setting up programs for children with financial need, and supervising the Student Showcase and Jazz Showcase each year.
Linda was also successful as a fundraiser working with long range planning, organizational development, project planning and implementation. She was also highly successful in her efforts to seek funding from foundations, corporations and individual donors.
Linda received the Laudare Award from Barry University for her work with children and is the recipient of the Cultural Award from the Red Cross Spectrum Awards for Women. She now lives in New York with her husband Edward Villella, former Principal Dancer of the New York City Ballet.
JOJO STARBUCK (World of IDI host)

American figure skating champion JoJo Starbuck has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as an athlete and artist, and now as a producer, spokesperson and coach. Her career has spanned Olympic prominence, entertainment spectaculars and business entrepreneurship.
AMATEUR CAREER: With her childhood skating partner, Ken Shelley, JoJo made skating history in 1968 when they became the youngest pairs team America ever sent to the Olympic Games. That was followed by victories in the United States Pairs Championships in 1970, 1971 and 1972. They were the first Americans to break the Soviet domination in the Pairs event by winning the bronze medal at the World Championships in 1971 and 1972. In 1994, JoJo and Ken were inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: JoJo Starbuck and Ken Shelley turned professional in 1972, headlining “Ice Capades” for four years. JoJo has appeared in scores of television specials here and abroad. From 1977 through 1980, JoJo partnered Olympic champion John Curry in his highly acclaimed “Ice Dancing” on Broadway, at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House and around the world. This gave JoJo the opportunity to work with world-renowned dance choreographers, strongly influencing her approach to ice choreography and production elements.
STAR BUCK &COMPANY: JoJo now directs Starbuck & Company, a special events production group. From staging and directing shows for network television, to producing private party entertainment and corporate affairs, Starbuck and Company custom tailors ice skating entertainment, promotional, and fund raising events including: a fashion show for Escada, NYC 911 Heroes Tribute, Grammy Celebration Party for Warner Electra Atlantic Records, American Girl Doll Skating Parties, and a VIP corporate event for Direct Energy. Since 1988 she has been the Head Pro and spokesperson for The Rink at Rockefeller Center where she continues to run the popular “JoJo’s Cool Workout Classes”. From October 1993 through 1995, JoJo staged and choreographed “Skates of Gold,” the first international figure skating event devoted exclusively to Olympic gold medalists, which aired on ABC and NBC.
JoJo is sought after as a motivational speaker and corporate spokesperson where her extensive experience as an Olympic athlete, coach, entrepreneur, and parent gives her a passionate, 360-degree perspective on skating, fitness and life. JoJo has enjoyed hosting and commentating many television skating events, performed in two feature films, and authored an autobiography. In addition to choreographing for various World and Olympic skaters, JoJo has conducted skating workshops around the world for young competitive and professional skaters.

RYAN BRADLEY (World of IDI host and performer)
Ryan is a founding cast member of IDI. He is also the host of “The World of Ice Dance International” alongside American skating celebrity and JoJo Starbuck. He has performed all over the world and has starred in many shows including Stars on Ice and many major television specials for Disson Skating. He is the 2008 Skate Canada International silver medalist, the 2009 Skate America bronze medalist, the 2011 U.S. national champion, and a three-time U.S. Collegiate champion.

BRENT BOMMENTRE (Founding Company Member)
Brent Bommentre, with partner Kim Navarro, is a Two-Time United States Bronze Medalist in Ice Dance and Two-Time World Team Member. Together they were the 2008 Four Continents Championship Bronze Medalist and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games 1st alternates. As a professional skater, Brent has performed with Holiday On Ice, Broadway On Ice, Sun Valley On Ice, the Ice Theatre of New York, the 2014 Olympic Tour of Stars On Ice, and Nancy Kerrigan’s “Halloween On Ice.” He has also performed in the Disson television skating specials “Shall We Dance On Ice” and “Colgate Skating and Gymnastics” as well as the Scott Hamilton C.A.R.E.S Initiative shows An Evening With Scott Hamilton and Friends and Scott Hamilton and Friends On Ice. Brent was featured in an episode of the television show Glee and competed as part of the act “Aerial Ice” on the quarter- finals of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Brent has his USFS Gold Medal in Dance and MIF. He has been a skating instructor since age 15 and currently a student at Berkeley City College. Brent is a Founding IDI Cast Member.

MAURO BRUNI: Company Member
Mauro Bruni is a previous national and international competitor for the US, has performed in over 25 countries, and is a freelance graphic artist. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. Credits include: Principal skater with numerous companies including Holiday on Ice for 10 years in shows Romanza, Energia, Speed, Passion, and Time, 5 Royal Caribbean cruise ships with Willy Bietak Productions, Ucha Atayde Entertainment, Arena International, Dynamic Shows GmbH, Ice Theatre of New York, American Ice Theatre, and Wheeler Productions. Mauro is also a coach and choreographer for international competitors at the Trelleborgskonståkningsklubb in Sweden. He is thrilled to be joining the Ice Dance International company.

JOEL DEAR (Founding Company Member)

Joel Dear hails from Traverse City, MI. Joel began skating in elementary school when a section of the school playground flooded and froze over. He quickly fell in love with skating and took to basic skills classes to get his start. Joel is a two-time US National Medalist and a four-time US Figure Skating team member. In addition to skating, Joel performs as an aerialist. He has performed in numerous professional ice- skating and dance shows around the world including on the seas as a guest act aboard Royal Caribbean Ships.
He also competed on America’s Got Talent, season 8 as a member of “Aerial Ice”, performed with Douglas Webster’s “Shall We Dance on Ice” for ABC for two seasons and was also on the Hallmark Channel’s Holiday Special in 2015. He is happy to be returning for the third season of Ice Dance International and is a founding cast member of the company.

CARLY DONOWICK (Assistant to Douglas Webster and IDI company member)

Carly Donowick, born in Buffalo, NY, is a former competitive ice dancer. She represented the United States in several international competitions and is two-time Pacific Coast champion. She was trained by Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko in San Jose, CA. After retiring from competition is 2004, Carly started her professional career in 2006 and has since performed in over 35 countries with companies such as Disney on Ice, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Holiday on Ice, Russian Ice Stars, and Hot Ice. When she is not performing, Carly is a choreographer and ice dance coach at the Amherst Skating Club in Buffalo, NY.
Carly assists IDI in many capacities including choreography and directs IDI’s social media video content.

TODD GILLES: Company Member

Todd Gilles (born April 14, 1986) is an American ice dancer. With Trina Pratt, he won four ISU Junior Grand Prix medals and the 2005 U.S. national junior title, and placed sixth at the 2006 World Junior Championships. With Jane Summersett, he is the 2008 Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medalist. He also skated with Emily Samuelson for one season. This is Todd’s first season with IDI.

BEATA HANDRA: Founding Company Member
Beata Handra was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. With her husband and competitive ice dance partner, Charles Sinek, she medaled at four U.S. Figure Skating Championships and represented the United States at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Beata has also studied jazz and contemporary dance extensively and continues to perform as a professional dancer on stage and lm as well. Before joining Ice Dance International in 2015, Beata performed with Ice Theatre of New York in an A & E television special “Winter Solstice on Ice” choreographed by Douglas Webster. Other collaborations include company and solo performance work with choreographers Lorna Brown, Lynn Brilhante, and Shanti Ruchpaul. Beata has also studied and performed as a duo with legendary comedic skater, Dick Dova. Beata is an IDI Founding Cast member and has performed on Douglas’ ABC show “Shall We Dance on Ice” with her IDI partner, Joel Dear.

This is Kaitlin and Jean-Luc’s first performance with IDI. They are currently the 2018 4 Continents Gold Medalists and skate on the International Grand Prix circuit. Coached by Pasquale Carmerlengo, they aim to be the next United States Figure Skating Champions. Kaitlin and Jean Luc have also won the Junior World Championships and they placed second at the Junior Grand Prix in 2014.

Jonathon is a founding IDI cast member.
With over 25 years of experience as a professional and competitive figure skater, Jonathan Hunt has made a name for himself through his hard work and dedication to his sport. Over the years he has developed his skills as a world class skater, performing in several high-profile shows.
Jonathon is the 2003 Junior World Pairs Bronze Medalist and 2004 US Nationals Senior Pairs Medalist. He is currently a principal performer in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City with his partner Carly Donowick, Jonathon has also performed in Whiskers Holiday Ice Spectacular, and the Ice Mystique show in Ocean Park, Hong Kong. He has been a part of the ensemble cast of the Tribute 2 show in Atlantic City, and Fantasy on Ice, in Japan. Jonathon has been a principal member of the Ice Theatre of New York since 2010. He has also been performing with the Sun Valley on Ice summer shows since 2014. Jonathon joined The Next Ice Age’s, “Men Skating”, in the fall of 2014. He began skating with IDI on its’ first national tour in 2016.
Jonathon is a highly regarded coach working across the United States.

Ian Lorello competed internationally as an ice dancer for Team USA from 2007 to 2012, and again in 2014. He earned the bronze medal in two Junior Grand Prix Events in 2009, and
qualified for the 2009 Junior Grand Prix Final in Japan. Ian also competed at the 2011 Skate America Grand Prix. After competition, Ian has had a wonderful time working with Nathan Birch and Tim Murphy with the Next Ice Age. He hails from Baltimore Maryland and is glad to be skating with IDI for a second season.
Kim Navarro, with partner Brent Bommentre, is a Two-Time United States Bronze Medalist in Ice Dance and Two-Time World Team Member. Together they were the 2008 Four Continents Championship Bronze Medalist and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games rst alternates. As a professional skater, Kim has performed with Holiday On Ice, Broadway On Ice, Sun Valley On Ice, the Ice Theatre of New York, the 2014 Olym Hamilton C.A.R.E.S Initiative shows An Evening With Scott Hamilton and Friends and Scott Hamilton and Friends On Ice. Kim was featured in an episode of the television show Glee and competed as part of the act “Aerial Ice” on the quarter- nals of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Kim graduated from Columbia University in 2004, cum laude, with a degree in English and minor in Dance and is now pursuing a Masters of Liberal Arts at Stanford University. Kim is a Founding IDI Cast Member.
Anastasia Olson is a national and international ice dancer from Detroit, Michigan. She began skating in 1999 and continued training in the Detroit area throughout her amateur career. She represented Team USA for 5 years in multiple junior grand prix events and senior international events. She competed at 14 national championships and medaled at the intermediate, novice, and junior levels. Her highest ranking was 7th at the senior level in 2012 and 2013. She has been a gure skating coach since 2010 and is looking to pursue a degree in
communications from Oakland University. Anastasia made her professional debut with IDI two years ago and has since been working all over the world with the Russian Ice Stars.

Erin is a National and international competitor from Salt Lake City, Utah. Erin was a United States Junior Ladies National Medalist and Senior National Competitor. She has performed as a principle skater in renowned productions around the world such as Sun Valley on Ice, Ice Theatre of New York, Broadway on Ice, Ice Dance International, Ocean Park, Hong Kong and Autostadt, Wolfburg Germany. She was a performer in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games. Erin has also enjoyed many years performing for Willy Bietak Productions, including the original cast on the Allure of the Seas. Erin is a Founding IDI cast member.


Professional performers and pair skating team. Neill and Lauren have performed all over the world and are currently on tour with Holiday on Ice in Europe. They star in Illusio and in the Sun Valley On Ice Summer Skating Show. This past year they also starred in IDI’s Winter Party on Ice at Fenway Park in Boston.

Naomi Lang is an American ice dancer. With skating partner Peter Tchernyshev, she is a two-time (2000 and 2002) Four Continents champion, a five-time (1999–2003) U.S. national champion, and competed at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Lang is the first Native American female athlete to participate in the Winter Olympics.
As a professional ice dancer, Naomi has skated with many Russian and European ice tours including Art on Ice. Here in America, Naomi performed in Stars on Ice, World Tour of Champions, and Disson Skating Show’s including Douglas Webster’s “Shall We Dance On Ice.” This is Naomi’s first appearance with Ice Dance International.

ALICIA JACKSON: Costume Design

A graduate of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, Alicia Jackson has created costumes for national and international figure skating competitors as well as ice dance productions for theater and television. A former dancer and professional skater, she has designed for Ice Dance International as well as The Next Ice Age, Ice Theatre of New York, Disson Skating, Stars on Ice, and the 2016 World Championships Opening Ceremony. Alicia is currently working with Douglas Webster as Costume Director of the "Shall We Dance on Ice" TV show on ABC and is honored to be part of The World of IDI!
Venue Information:
Sun Valley Opera House
Sun Valley Village
Sun Valley, ID