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Dancing on Ice has featured many different talents including actors, singers, Olympians and dancers over the years. Many celebrities ave surprised the nation with their skating ability by the end of the competition. But does having a background in dance help the celeb contestants on the show?
Do contestants do better with a dance background?
Stephanie Wallace-Carr, who is the musical theatre creative director at LMA, spoke to Express.co.uk on how having a dance background can benefit some celebrities.
She explained: “Obviously with all these types of shows like Strictly and Dancing on Ice I think [dance skills] really help because you are dancing, but it is on ice.
“So I think it does help to have that dancing background in terms of having technique, posture all those things are going to help on the ice.”
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Over the years the show has featured many dancers, with last being Perri Kiely from street dance group Diversity taking to the ice.
On the show, while Perri initially struggled, he later reached the final where he came runner up to winner Joe Swash.
Stephanie spoke of how the ice element of the show means the techniques already finessed by dancers can be tricky.
She added: “You know once you step onto that ice if you have never done it before it can really really challenging and difficult.
“As a dancer, you hold yourself in a way while doing specific dance moves technically, but the minute you get on the ice that technique has to change.
“We can’t always assume that dancers or anyone who has a dance background is going to be great.
“If you look at Gemma Collins, who is a prime example. Not saying she wasn’t great, but she had a few falls and she has got a dance background.”
Stephanie also spoke of how confidence is a key part of skating as well as executing a successful lift.
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She said: “I think that comes with confidence, you know I’m a dancer I have danced for many an artist, and I’m really confident.
“But one thing I wouldn’t be confident with is getting on that ice performing with a partner and being able to perform lifts.
“They are so intricate, and given the fact that you are on ice, it can be so dangerous so it’s all about having confidence with that which I’m not sure many people have.
“And you can see if someone is not confident going into a lift and it can make it quite dangerous.
“As a dancer, you are so trained and disciplined in one way, but that is not necessarily the way that you need to be on the ice.
“It’s a battle with yourself because straight away you start to lose confidence and that can show in your performance, but it’s just about relaxing and almost going with the flow and building momentum.”
The 2021 series of Dancing on Ice will air Sunday, January 17 on ITV at 6pm.
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