Jayne Torvill, who is 37, grew up near Nottingham. She started skating when she was nine, and has been skating with Christopher Dean since. Torvill and Dean, English figure skaters who revolutionized the sport of ice dancing. At the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (now in Bosnia and. 4 days ago Meet the Nottinghamshire schoolgirl about to make her TV debut . "If I ever get to meet Torvill and Dean I'd ask them what it felt like winning.
They are so famous that when anyone mentions ice-skating, Torvill and Dean always come to mind, even though their momentous routine was 34 years ago now! They were also World and European champions for four consecutive years, from to In preparation for the Olympics, they recruited actor and singer Michael Crawford to help coach them.
He explained he was their acting tutor, advising them on how to add more emotion to their existing skating skills to genuinely tell a story. How did they meet?
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When Jayne Torvill met Christopher Dean, they were both successful skaters in their own right, although skating with different partners. They were both natives of Nottingham. Dean began skating inwhen he was 10, while Torvill started skating at the age of eight in Torvill skated with Michael Hutchenson in the early s, winning the British Junior Pairs championship in They both skated part-time in the early years, as Torvill was an insurance clerk and Dean was a police officer.
They kept their new skating partnership under wraps at first, training at 6am, when there was no-one else at the rink. Putting them together was a stroke of genius, as inthey won their first trophy together — the Northern Championship.
In their first Olympic Games in at Lake Placid, they were fifth, before their triumph rocketed them to international stardom. Unique to this dance is a series of two symmetrical steps where they literally leap high into the air together but leaning forward with their inside leg bent as they plunge back to the ground, putting their outside leg straight out behind them. The move actually makes them look like two stags leaping and bounding and thrusting their antlers forward. The piece ends with Jayne throwing herself onto Chris, who bends with Jayne balanced on his knees and allows himself to fall flat on to his back, ending with Jayne suspended in the air held up by Chris, forming a dramatic and very beautiful final tableau as Chris continues to glide across the ice on his back.
Hi grace Echoes of Ireland [ edit ] Music: Challenge of the Champions Innsbruck Austria Result: The finished piece is actually an ensemble of three quite separate routines, which they later performed in different orders or simply on their own.
The first is a tradition lighthearted Irish jig with some very clever footwork.
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The second is a more sombre dance done to older tradition Irish Folk music. The third piece is a more modern piece, a very beautiful new age number done to a song sung by an Irish female artist. This final dance includes an unusual lift where Jayne jumps up and sits high upon one of Chris's shoulders facing the opposite way from him. The costumes consist of brown trousers, cream shirt, yellow neckerchief, and green-check waistcoat for Chris, and an off-orange dress with embroidered collar and sleeves and white apron for Jayne.
World Professional Championships Result: It was highly technical, physically demanding with a lot of high and drawn-out lifts, and visually very impressive. True to the style of the music, Revolution is extremely fast-paced and performed with an aggression that neither had displayed before.
The movements express violence, dissent, anguish, and entrapment. The costumes were very sophisticated in style: Chris wore back trousers, white open-necked shirt, and a smart black and purple waistcoat, while Jayne wore black trousers and a voluminous white silk blouse.
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What was particularly unusual about Jayne's costume was that she actually wore black skates to blend right in with her trousers. While Chris always wore skates the dominant colour of his costume, even when in trousers Jayne rarely did, consistently skating in white skates in nearly all routines.
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Excerpt taken from Torvill and Dean's autobiography Facing the Music: Revolution was most ambitious. It was long, fast and very testing, not only of our abilities as dancers, but also as actors, in particular Jayne, who had to go completely against character, with vicious movements and displays of anger.
That was new, not only for her: In the Blade Runners documentary Jayne says: Chris then goes on to explain the theme of the piece, and explains how it leads into imagine and why the perform the two pieces together: Which happens to a lot of people — that something goes wrong and tension builds and anger grows within that.
And I wanted to put that onto the ice — this raw aggression — and overstate it — so that, for people sitting right the way back, it becomes literal though body. But it follows on in a sort of resolve — not necessarily a happy ending — it then goes into Imagine.