Celebrity ice dancers are all set to bring a bit of sparkle to a Teesside festival this summer.
Stars of telly’s Dancing on Ice will perform the showcase event at this year’s Billingham folklore festival when it opens its doors in August.
The skaters – including Mark Hanretty, who partnered presenter Donna Air and Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha, Vanessa Bauer who partnered X Factor star Jake Quickenden and Wes Nelson of Love Island and Russia’s Nina Ulanov, who partnered with Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden and Corrie’s Steven Arnold – aim to bring a touch of glitz to the Teesside cultural showcase.
Their centre piece show has been entitled “The Creative Spirit of John Curry” and pays tribute to the the Olympic, World and European figure skating champion who took the world by storm in the 1970s.
The Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance, now in its 55th year, is supported by Stockton Council and Lottery funding. Alongside the showcase, dancers from all corners of the world will flock to Billingham for the event with shows taking place across venues in Billingham, Middlesbrough and Stockton.
“This promises to be the festival of all festivals,” said Olga Maloney, artistic director of Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance.
“Never before have we tried to be so ambitious and seek to thrill audiences with such a dazzling programme. There will be something for everyone’s tastes from traditional to contemporary and ice dancing to a global gathering of international styles. We aim to educate, enlighten and entertain.
“Our theme this year is Follow your Dreams, and we will be encouraging everyone associated with world dance to join us to make this come true. The graceful John Curry did just that and followed his dreams, and he will be forever remembered for his achievements, so much so, we are dedicating this year’s festival to his talents.”
BIFF 2019 runs from August 10 – 18. “The Creative Spirit of John Curry” takes to the ice at the Billingham Forum Ice Arena on Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17. For ticket information including prices, times, locations, workshop details, click here .
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