Continuing the history of ensemble skating that began with the John Curry Company in the late 70s, IDI strives to create work that embraces ice dancing as a performing art.


Founded in December of 2014 by two masters: one of figure skating, Dick Button, and one of ballet, Edward Villella; along with Douglas Webster, Linda Villella and Debbie Gordon, IDI has risen to the challenge of building a new arts organization with 4 distinct components:


  • A thriving repertory company

  • Significant community engagement programs

  • National clinics that share the joy of skating

  • Special events that help build and support the foundation of our touring repertory company


Currently, IDI has a full show of repertory featuring the work of Douglas Webster and Edward Villella that premiered in the fall of 2016. The show toured Nationally in 5 cities across the country to rave reviews.

This show, ICE/DANCE was created over two residencies in 2015 and 2016 in Sun Valley, Idaho. 

We are looking forward to returning to Sun Valley in September of 2017 to continue building our repertory.


Our community engagement programs have included collaborations with Higher Ground Sun Valley, the public schools of New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Association for the Blind.


We have shared our "Joy of Skating" clinics from Anchorage, Alaska to Boston, Massachusetts. Currently, we're beginning a new format of clinics called "Fusion Skating: From Movement to Motion," collaborating with top dancers and companies  for exploratory workshops taking unique movement from the floor to the ice.


And our special events have led us to Fenway Park, Rockefeller Center, the Strawbery Banke Museum, and to the television show "Shall We Dance On Ice" on ABC.


We are grateful for your support and belief in our ice ballet company now moving into its' 3rd year!





Douglas Webster                                                   Edward Villella

by David Seelig

Reviews and Features on IDI

"In this new era of competitive Ice Dance, it is, unfortunately, common for the artistic aspect of the sport to take a backseat to the technical.  By contrast, Ice Dance International is limitless--unbound by rules in its exploration of artistry and creative expression.  After all, it is expression and passion, not technicalities, that ultimately touch an audience."
Isabella Tobias:  Olympian

“Congratulations Ice Dance International on your premiere tour! Charlie and I are so excited about the birth of this company that celebrates our passion! We’re excited to see IDI grow! Good luck."

Meryl Davis, 2014 Olympic Ice Dance Champion

"As a former competitive ice dance team, My partner and I always felt that when we "retired", it would be from competition only. We still wanted to not only skate, but to develop artistically without the restraints of competitive ice dancing. 
The forming of the company IDI gives couples like us - who have previously competed at Olympic level - a platform to hone our skills, learn new ones and perform with others who are like-minded. 
Ice dancers who are passionate about their "job" and who have devoted their lives to it shouldn't have to stop when they no longer wish to compete. IDI gives us a chance to carry on doing what we are best at and draw in a whole new audience to the sport we love.
The thought of an Ice Dancing company getting together and performing as a ballet company is very exciting - for current ice dancers, would-be ice dancers, and audiences alike!"​
Sinead Kerr:  7 Time British Ice Dancing Champion

The Vision of Ice Dance International is to elevate skating from sport to art.

The company is passionately dedicated to sharing the joy of skating through performance, its' educational programs, community engagement, and expanding the audience of ensemble skating throughout the world.

Please consider a 100% tax deductible contribution to support the vision of Ice Dance International!