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Hope to see you in Portsmouth on Friday and Saturday for special perfomances at Puddle Dock Pond.  Tickets are available at https://strawbery-banke-museum.simpletix.com/Event/25337/Ice-Dance-International-Ice-Sh/

From the Union Leader http://www.unionleader.com/article/20160225/NEWHAMPSHIRE01/160229583

Glide, spin, flip

Graceful pairs skaters Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, U.S. bronze medalists, will glide into Portsmouth for “Skating Stars on the Seacoast” at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke Museum this weekend.

Two professional ice shows produced by founding artistic director Douglas Webster of Ice Dance International are planned at the outdoor rink, the first at 7 p.m. Friday and the second at 2 p.m. Saturday (with a rain date of Sunday).

The Labrie Family Skate ice shows will include stars who performed in 2015 and again will include some skaters from the 2016 ABC-TV production “Shall We Dance on Ice,” created by Webster and Edward Villella and set to air locally Saturday.

The lineup also will include international skating champions, including Ryan Bradley, who last year treated crowds to eye-catching flips, plus new guest performers Ashley Clark and Carly Donowick.

Bradley, star of “Stars on Ice,” is a three-time U.S. Collegiate Champion, the 2008 Skate Canada International Silver Medalist, the 2009 Skate America Bronze Medalist and the 2011 U.S. National Men’s Champion.

Navarro and Bommentre are the 2008 and 2009 U.S. Bronze medalists and the winners of the 2008 Four Continents bronze medal. They competed in the 2010 World Championships, and their popularity led to an appearance on TV’s “Glee” in 2012.

Clark, a triple United States Figure Skating gold medalist, is the only professional female figure skater worldwide to perform back flips on ice with fire. She also is the 2011 and 2014 Professional Skaters champion, and has appeared with “Disney On Ice,” “Holiday On Ice,” “Broadway On Ice” and “Sun Valley On Ice” and aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She was the assistant choreographer for the 2014 “Holiday On Ice” show “Passion.”

Donowick was a member of the U.S. International Ice dance team for two years and toured with “Holiday on Ice” and “Disney on Ice.”

Also on the schedule are Boston-based skaters Melanie Lambert and Fred Palascak, who have toured the country as a principal team with “Disney on Ice” and “Footloose on Ice,” as well as four productions of the European and Asian touring company “Holiday on Ice.” In the United Kingdom, both skaters have performed in four series of Torvill and Dean’s “Dancing on Ice.”

Lambert, along with her celebrity partner, became the series-two “Dancing on Ice” champions; Fred took part in the first series of ABC’s “Skating with the Stars” where he and his celebrity partner were named season-one winners.

For more information, visit puddledockpond.org. Tickets to the 30-minute shows are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 5 to 17; $40 for a family pass and free for children younger than 5. VIP tickets that include a meet-and-greet and photos with the performers are $18-$22. Tickets include skating time, however skate rentals are an additional $5 a person.  For details, visit strawberybanke.org

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