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France wins gold at Nations Cup Theatre on Ice

Los Angeles Ice Theatre wins the silver medal

The Los Angeles Ice Theatre of the United States received the silver medal with a rousing crowd pleaser to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
The Los Angeles Ice Theatre of the United States received the silver medal with a rousing crowd pleaser to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." (Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz)

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By Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz, special to icenetwork.com
(04/09/2011) - Senior Ice Theatre team Les Vertacomicoriens of France won the gold medal at the Second Annual Nations Cup Theatre on Ice Competition in Hyannis, Mass.

The fourteen member team won with a moving free skate titled "Traveling with Nowhere to Go." The program focused on a homeless man leaving his fatherland for another country in hopes of finding a better life. The program included strong pass through and line formations and a good use of simple props including suitcases, trench coats and hats.

The Los Angeles Ice Theatre of the United States received the silver medal with a rousing crowd-pleaser to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." This lively number included brightly colored costumes from the French Revolution era and strong lifts, jumps, amazing pass through and line formations and an incredible use of the entire ice surface.

The twenty six member team "Exotica" from France took the bronze with an interpretation of the senses. Dressed in ice blue chiffon costumes, this team skated through the five senses with elegant arm movements and features having the audience experience each of the five senses in both a powerful and moving way.

Rounding out the top four was The Colonial's Broadway Blades of Boxborough, Mass., who took the fourth place senior medal with a fun and colorful interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. Each character was present including some wonderful animated mushrooms, and the group often interacted with the audience during some humorous moments.

Other top winners included Imagica of Boston, Mass., who won the gold medal in the adult category with a whimsical and fun tour through the forest with a leprechaun in "Leprechaun's Gold." The colorful program included impressive line formations, lots of tumbling and ice antics and a very elegant rainbow of skaters.

90eme Rugissants of France won the junior division gold medal with a strong free skate representing the various geometric points. Wearing stunning black and white costumes decorated in the various geometric shapes, this team used the complete surface of the ice to create the many geometric shapes from circles, to lines and squares familiar to all.

The Ballet Ice Penguins of Moscow won the novice gold with their version of "Street Dance." This meeting of ballet dancers and hip hop dancers blended together in a happy and joyful way proving all dancers has the love of dance in common.

The U.S.National Theatre on Ice portion of the four day competition will begin in Hyannis on Saturday.