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Mark Hanretty announced as 2018 DOI Choreographer

A brand-new series of Dancing On Ice is due to come back to our screens next year with a brand new line up of celebrities and a fresh take of the popular hit show.  

The show’s producers are keen not to give too much away, but what we can expect is an exciting new mix-up of the classic show British viewers have come to love so well.

One of the new changes involves NISA’s own Mark Hanretty, who competed in three seasons of the show as a professional skater with Nadia Sawalha, Rosemary Conley and Oona King. He filmed a fourth series with Bonnie Langford before a shoulder injury which required surgery pulled him out of the programme.

This season the show has announced Mark as the official choreographer alongside Renée Roca from the States, roles previously undertaken by Torvill and Dean.

Mark is a NISA Coach and former World and European Championship competitor, with a wealth of experience in choreography. 

Mark won a worldwide choreography competition called the Young Artist Showcase in 2012, going on to choreograph programmes for numerous World European and Olympic competitors.

Alongside Renée Roca and the show’s Creative Director, Elizabeth Honen, Mark will be working to choreograph professional skating routines for celebrities and their skating partners.

Mark said: “I am absolutely delighted to be chosen to be the newly resurrected show’s choreographer.

“Watching Torvill and Dean return to compete in the 1994 Olympics was the reason I started skating. To then be able to work with them is still amazing to me, and the friendships I cultivated with the other professionals during my time on the show continue to be very special. 

“My work as Coach and Choreographer since my own competitive days has definitely facilitated the building of a portfolio which helped me secure this amazing opportunity.

 “The Creative Director’s vision for this season is incredible, and I’m positive that the show will be bigger and better than ever before.”

Recently Mark participated in NISA’s flagship event, Young Stars, where he hosted on-ice Master Classes alongside Olympian Jenna McCorkell.

The NISA event  was the very first of its kind, and was designed to introduce young skaters to a nationally-organised competition in a fun, supportive and encouraging environment. 

Mark will now work to support celebrities in their first competitive experiences on the ice before a live studio audience, as they dance off each week to claim the title of Dancing on Ice Champion 2018.

You may expect to see more familiar faces on the show, as several NISA members are confirmed to be professional skating partners. Watch this space for more.

We want to pass our sincere congratulations to Mark, who we’re sure will be an incredible choreographer for the show. We can’t wait to see what the new season will bring!