RI’s Ice Queens and Kings

It's the Disney on Ice version of figure skating.
Emma Borin, from Scituate, skates on ice. Krphotogs Photography LLC/Photo courtesy Sarah DiNardo.

Ocean State Ice Theatre is like a Disney on Ice version of figure skating. “It involves elaborate performances with unique costumes, props, backdrops and dramatic music — it’s live theater on ice,” says the team’s head coach, Sarah Mirza DiNardo, who guides a team of twenty skaters ages nine to sixteen along with assistant coach Kristen Souza. Members learn to turn jumps in unison, complete lifts and skate in group formation while practicing at rinks at Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket and the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Some team members commute from as far as two hours away just to participate. On April 8, OSIT will perform in a show at 5 p.m. at the New England Sports Village. They’ll take to the ice in colorful costumes for a Wicked-themed routine during the free skate portion, and a Phantom of the Opera performance for the short program. The event leads up to the Nation’s Cup international competition on April 22 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they’ll be up against ice theater teams from around the world. Many of the members also compete individually and perform in shows, but they all enjoy being a part of a group. “One thing that makes ice theater so great is it gives skaters the opportunity to have teammates,” DiNardo says. “Often times, they are doing their own individual thing, but this allows them to be a part of a team and support each other.” oceanstateicetheatre.com