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Opening Weekend Success For British Ice Skating Academy of Dance

The British Ice Skating Academy of Dance began with huge success as more than 80 skaters travelled to Sheffield for the opening weekend.

The first edition of the Academy was led by 1984 Olympic gold medallists Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean alongside an array of other coaches and professionals.

Each skater completed an athlete profiling session with Gemma Parry. They also took part in a dance class led by Briony Albert before taking to the ice for over an hour.

Torvill and Dean passed on their wealth of experience to each group, with aspiring Ice Dancers also able to learn from European bronze medallist Karen Barber and Dancing on Ice favourite Mark Hanretty.

The first Solo Dance Camp took place on Saturday afternoon, with two more following on the Sunday. It is hoped that these camps will act as a route into the Academy for future Ice Dance stars.

More than 80 skaters attended throughout the weekend that took place at ice Sheffield, just 35 miles down the road from where Torvill and Dean began their illustrious careers.

Christopher Dean said: “We want to help create an Academy that thrives, allowing future generations to learn and progress. It was hugely exciting to take a first step on that journey. To see the passion that these skaters had throughout the weekend was so inspiring."

Jayne Torvill added: “It was wonderful to work with so many skaters who share our love of Ice Dance. We can’t wait to see how the Academy develops and hope that looking back people will realise how historic this weekend has been.”


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