Olympic ice dancing champions Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill are launching the British Ice Skating Academy of Dance in Sheffield [UK].

Torvill and Dean, Sarajevo 1984 gold medalists, will serve as head coaches and mentors at the school, a joint venture between British Ice Skating (BIS) and the Sheffield City Trust.

It is hoped that the camp-based academy will create an accessible pathway to Olympic success for ice dancers in the United Kingdom and give them more opportunities to develop.

Based at iceSheffield, the British Ice Skating Academy of Dance will serve as the home of British ice dancing.

“The future of Ice Dance in the UK is something that is very close to my heart,” said Dean, who also won a Lillehammer 1994 bronze medal with Torvill, along with four world titles.

“Now is the right time to help give something back to the sport we love and help future generations develop.”

Torvill added that the British Ice Skating Academy of Dance “will put in place steps to help us identify the best skaters and prepare them to compete on the world stage”.

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