When we were in Ottawa last year, we happened to coincide with the Winterlude festival. As well as amazing ice sculptures, skating on the Rideau Canal, and a snow park, there was also a schedule of fantastic demonstrations on the weekend. My favourite? The ice dance.
This post is a bit heavy on the photos, but I think these boys and girls deserve it. I had a great deal of difficulty narrowing it down to this many - and that was even with a camera which kept rebelling at the -20°C temperatures and refusing to focus at critical moments.
If you're going to be in Ottawa this winter - or anywhere else that you have the opportunity to see something like this - then I'd highly recommend it. I do enjoy ice dancing on TV, but it was even more fun to see in person.
Most of the dances were individual, but this young couple really showed us what a good partnership can do. And they were so young: I would guess maybe early teens, if that.
More individual dancers:
I also played around with transforming a few photos into black and white, just for fun: