Guest Performer

ROHENE WARD is one of the most popular and widely traveled show skaters in the world. A longtime principal with Holiday on Ice, he drew standing ovations throughout Europe, and has performed with ITNY's company at Rockefeller Center and in its 2016 home season. His combination of originality, flexibility, and technical strength makes every one of his programs unique, entertaining, and meaningful. A four-time competitor at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Ward won the Puerto Rican men's title in 2004, and the Professional Open crown in 2016. As a choreographer, he has won the Professional Skater's Association EDI Award three times, in 2015, 2017, and 2021, the first Black choreographer so honored. While his longtime partnership with Jason Brown is his most renowned collaboration, he has also created successful programs for 2023 world women's champion Kaori Sakamoto; 2023 world ice dance champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates; 2022 U.S. women’s champion Mariah Bell; and many other competitors. His home base is Chicago, where he and coaching partner Amber Gil direct the skating school at the Glenview Community Ice Center. Rohene serves on the Board of Diversify Ice Foundation, which strives to provide sponsorship, mentorship, networks, and opportunities to underrepresented figure skaters. ITNY is proud to recognize him with the 2023 Choreography Award.


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