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Sports Center — Special Events
The Northbrook Sports Center hosts several events throughout the year: local, regional, national and international hockey tournaments, figure skating and speed skating tournaments. The Northbrook Sports Center can also accommodate large events such as Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, corporate events and meetings, community events and the annual production of Northbrook-On-Ice.
Northbrook-On-Ice captures the hearts of those who participate each year and of those who watch the spectacle of skill. The annual event has been called the best amateur ice show in the country and has dazzled spectators since 1969.
Over the years, national ice skating entertainment shows such as the Ice Capades and Ice Follies have sent scouts to Northbrook-On-Ice to find talent. Every May, four exciting performances showcase skaters of all ages and levels from our skating school and freestyle ice program.
More than 50 upper-level skaters participate in each show, guaranteeing an impressive display of talent. Planning for Northbrook-On-Ice is a year-round process, and volunteers contribute greatly to the success of the show.
Our Icette program, unique to the Northbrook Sports Center, is a dynamic dance group made up of three teams: Icettes, Jr. Icettes, and Dancettes. Skaters in FS 5 or above and in sixth grade and up may be eligible to participate. Tryouts are held every November.
The Icette and Jr. Icette teams perform multiple dance-style numbers in the annual ice show. The Icettes amaze the audience by elegantly combining the magic of dance with the excitement of high-level skating skills.
See our 2011-2012 Icette Program highlights.
Click below for more Icette Program highlights.
- 2010-2011 Icette Program (2-3 min download)
The Northbrook Winter Welcome is an ISI competition held every December at the Northbrook Sports Center. With over 300 competitors each year from Illinois and surrounding states, this competition is a great way to start off your competitive season.
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Northbrook Sports Center Special Event information.
Summer and Winter Recitals
The Sports Center offers both summer and winter recitals. The summer recital is for geared towards those participating in the summer skating programs (Getting the Edge and Skating & Dance Camp) as well as our daily freestyle ice program. The recital creates a great atmosphere for those skaters who want to start off their competitive season with a performance for their friends and family. The winter recital is a celebration of the winter holidays and is for skaters enrolled in a Northbrook Sports Center programs. Skaters come together and many choreograph their own holiday-themed programs.
The recitals are for all ages and levels. To sign up, or for more infomation, please stop by the Sports Center Office or call 847·291·2993.
Try Skating for Free
Is your child ready for skating or hockey lessons? The Northbrook Park District offers a free class, twice each year, for children ages 3 and older who have not taken skating classes. Our professional staff teaches basic skating skills and proper skate lacing and determines readiness for class. For more information, stop by the Sports Center Office or call 847·291·2993.