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Mar 20, 2010

André Rieu to Play "Bolero" for Torvill and Dean UK Dancing On Ice

André Rieu to Play 'Bolero' for Torvill and Dean on UK Dancing on Ice

He is playing for Queens and now he is going to play for the 'King and Queen' of Ice Dancing.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby present the final of the Celebrity Ice Dance Competition. Skating legends "Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean" OPEN the Show with a unique version of Bolero, accompanied by acclaimed conductor and violinist "André Rieu" with his Johann Strauss Orchestra and Choir. (March 28)

The three remaining stars will then battle it out, each performing their favorite routine from the series as well as a brand new flying routine. Only two will have the honour of skating to Bolero. Viewers have the chance to vote for their favourite star, and all this year's celebrities will return to the ice for the grand finale.

►Just some little tid bits I found interesting about the "time on the ice" with Torvill and Dean's Bolero and how it was adjusted to four and a half minutes. André's Bolero is closer to seven minutes, so he will have to adjust his version to Torvill and Dean's skating version now and last years performance on Dancing on Ice they skated for less then three minutes ...

Complying With Olympic Rules

Torvill and Dean's 1984 Olympic free dance was skated to Maurice Ravel's Boléro. Ravel's original Boléro composition is over 17 minutes long. Olympics rules state that the free dance must be four minutes long (plus or minus ten seconds). Torvill and Dean went to a music arranger to condense Boléro down to a "skateable" version. However, they were told that the minimum time that Boléro could be condensed down to was 4 minutes 28 seconds, 18 seconds in excess of the Olympics rules. Torvill and Dean reviewed the Olympic rule book and found that it stated that actual timing of a skating routine began when the skaters started skating. Therefore they could use Boléro if they did not place their skates' blades to ice for the first 18 seconds. They timed the performance so that when Torvill first placed a blade on the ice, they would have the maximum skating time remaining.

The show is scheduled to Air in Australia on Thursday May 20th on UKTV Channel

6 comments:

Sue Berry said...

I think this is amazing, the most perfect skate in Ice Dancing that we sat and watched in awe back in 1984 and now to have André playing Bolero for them ~ for me this is about the most exciting thing he has done and I can't wait to see this!!! :)

Marg said...

Well what can anyone say but; The Maestro has done it again. Andre has played his music before all peoples of the world, Royality, Famous people and now this, playing for the best ice skaters in the world. My question, What comes Next?

Margaret S aka Mother Superior said...

Wow I can remember seeing Torvill & Dean here in Australia when they toured after their perfect score in the winter Olympics.
What a combination!

Jann T. said...

WOW ... this is something not to be missed, perfection "hand-in-hand" with perfection.

Thumbs up Sue for the informed article and making it available to the fans ASAP ...

Anonymous said...

This is going to be an experience not to be missed, and so hope we can get to see it.Peter Weeks is a lovely man, a passionate Andre fan, so if anyone can deliver he will.Perfection in ice dance and music - how can life get better.!!!!Kathy Prater

Mary said...

WOW!! this is brilliant, I agree with all comments made so far. What does come next??

Thanks Sue for posting this article.
Mary

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