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A review of Shall We Dance On Ice

Disson Skating’s television production was taped in Bloomington, IL on December 16, 2014. Headliners were Olympic gold medalists, Meryl Davis+Charlie White along with DWTS performers, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Sharna Burgess. The performers guided the enthusiastic audience on a journey of dance through the ages. 

CAST

The skating cast also included 2002 Olympic gold medalists Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat, 2006 Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, two-time World silver medalists Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon, seven-time British champions Sinead and John Kerr, five-time U.S. champions Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev, two-time U.S. bronze medalists Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre and new Israeli dance team Isabella Tobias and Ilya Tkachenko. The cast was rounded out by 2011 U.S. singles champion Ryan Bradley and two-time U.S. medalist Joel Dear.

The additional TV dancers were Dmitry Chaplin, Chelsie Hightower and Louis van Amstel. Tony Dovolani, DWTS, assisted with the dance production.

Bella Thorne, dancer, singer, and actress performed.

Olympic gold medalist, Kristi Yamaguchi and Ryan Bradley hosted the show.

In the opening number Brent Bommentre, Ryan Bradley, and Joel Dear skated to a program choreographed by Edward Villella, America’s most celebrated male ballet dancer of his time. He appeared on stage at the end.

The show was divided into segments as couples performed on stage and ice to popular dance styles including the Tango, Blues, Jive, Waltz, and Quickstep.

Stage highlights included two couples from the 18th season of DWTS. Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovsiy performed their sultry Tango that won the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Charlie White and Sharna Burgess danced a Jive number as the skating cast performed on ice.

Bella Thorne performed her debut single, “Call It Whatever“.

Douglas Webster was the co-artistic director and choreographer.

 

ABC Airdates

  • Saturday, February 21, 2015
    4:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST / 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015
    4:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST / 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST
  • Check your local listings

 

ICE CHIPS

  • Davis+ White next appear in Disson’s, Unforgettable Moments of Love on Ice – ABC – January 31 and February 14. The Olympic gold medalists also headline the 2015 SOI tour.
  • Anissina+Peizerat will skate the entire French Holiday on Ice tour opening in Paris on February 26 and closing in Dijon on May 10.
  • Tanith Belbin+Ben Agosto – Belbin is a figure skating commentator on NBC and Universal Networks. Agosto is the Figure Skating Director at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, AZ. Belbin+Agosto will appear on the 2015 SOI tour.
  • Dubreuil+ Lauzon direct an ice dance school in Montreal, Canada where her choreography has won worldwide acclaim.
  • Sinead Kerr+John Kerr will appear on the 2015 SOI tour.
  • Lang+Tchernyshev flew 30 hours from Moscow where they performed outdoors in the Nutcracker at the Journey to Christmas Festival.
  • Kim Navarro+Brent Bommentre plan to relocate to the West Coast. Navarro has applied to a graduate program at Stanford University. Bommente is also exploring graduate educational options.
  • Tobias+Tkachencko (ISR) train in Hackensack, NJ.
  • Ryan Bradley is a commentator on Universal Network and will appear in the 2015 SOI tour.
  • Joel Dear is a member of the Ice Dance Theatre of New York.
  • Kristi Yamaguchi is a children’s book author and ice show hostess.
  • Douglas Webster is the Artistic Director of the Ice Theatre of NY.

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