Torvill and Dean honored by the Ice Theater of New York

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, considered the pioneers of modern ice dancing, will be honored on May 9 by the Ice Theater in New York.

The 1984 Olympic champions whose free dance to Ravel’s “Bolero” far exceeded the rigid parameters of their sport – and changed it forever – will be recognized at the Ice Theater’s 35th anniversary.

A gala at Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers will include an awards ceremony co-chaired by renowned Olympic coaches Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson.

“We’re thrilled to honor Jayne and Christopher at our 35th Anniversary Gala,” said ITNY Founder and Artistic Director Moira North, “not only for their jaw-dropping Olympic gold medal – and who is changing the sport – followed by many others, but also for their continued and always highly creative contributions to our skating world, most recently the acclaimed TV series ‘Dancing on Ice‘.

“Expect the unexpected from Torvill and Dean, and you will never be disappointed. Who better embodies the ideals and goals of Ice Theater than Jayne and Chris?

The mission of the Ice Theater of New York is to celebrate and advance ice dancing as a performance art. It raises funds for its arts and outreach programming for at-risk youth in New York City. ITNY was the first ice dance company to receive dance program funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ITNY’s season performances on May 6, 7 and 9 will include ensemble, junior ensemble and guest artists.

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