I am guessing that almost every skater that is with companies such as Disney or Holiday on Ice started out as a competitive skater.
Maybe I am not phrasing this very well, but instead of beating their bodies into oblivion in competition after competition, do schools exist that allow skaters to hone their performance skills with a view to auditioning?. Wouldn't it be great if Disney set up talent schools from the outset that allowed skaters to train from day one and join them when they are ready.
Is this something that the Ice Theatre of New York do?
Also, watching artists like Abbot and Czisny struggle in competition after competition, I would love to see tours like ballet companies that train and accept skaters that may not have the big titles, but the charisma to sell tickets.