Official site: http://www.theprofessionalsonice.co.uk/THE PROFESSIONALS ON ICE, which has been in the making for the past year and is a response to public demand as there is no Dancing on Ice Live tour, will feature many of the Dancing on Ice champions, along with many of the viewers' other favourite skaters from the current and previous series (subject to availability): Matt Evers & Frankie (Poultney), Sylvain Longchambon & Brianne Delcourt, Mark Hanretty & Maria Filippov, Andy Buchanan & Robin Johnstone, Sean Rice & Jodeyne Higgins, and Lukasz Rozycki & Alexandra Schauman. They will be joined by surprise special guests at the various venues on the tour.
UK TOUR DATES (correct at time of going to press):
27 April Capital FM Arena, National Ice Centre, Nottingham
03 - 05 May Ice Sheffield
10 - 12 May Slough Ice Arena
17 - 19 May Hull Ice Arena
24 - 26 May Murrayfield Ice Rink, Edinburgh
31 May - 02 June Dundee Ice Arena
ETA related article on Mark Hanretty who is performing on the tour: http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/to...ail/story.html
And his partnership this year with Labour MP, Baroness Oona King, came to a dramatic end when he dislocated his shoulder on the ice, just before their final dance-off. He winces as I ask him how it is.
"It's better," he says, slapping it gingerly, "but it's still… loose. And it's gone again since the show.
"We've just had our baby boy (Lukasz, born February) so I haven't devoted the time to rehab that I should have. I'm changing nappies and cooking meals and working as well."
Alongside fatherhood and Dancing on Ice, he also coaches at the [Nottingham] Ice Centre. In 2012 he was awarded the British Ice Teaching Association's Young Coach of the Year Award and he has a simple maxim for anyone wanting to learn – "What you learn with pleasure, you don't forget."