GATES MILLS, Ohio - Local figure skater turned ice show producer Parker Pennington organized the first "Skate Dance Dream" show in Wooster in 2011. The idea was to combine figure skating with a dance show while incorporating local talent with nationally recognized skating and dance stars.
That idea has translated into a successful stream of 3 shows and will be on full display in Gates Mills on Sep. 15 at Gilmour Arena.
Pennington, a four-time U.S. Figure Skating champion, is busy producing his third show in just over a year and in the process, has provided hundreds of local kids the chance of a lifetime.
"Skate Dance Dream Gilmour" is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Gilmour Academy Ice Arena in Gates Mills. The show will feature some of the top figure skaters and dancers in the world including: Richard Dornbush, 2011 U.S. National Senior Men's Silver medalist and World Team member; Sean Rabbitt, U.S. National Senior Men's competitor and Ashley Valerio, a top finalist from season 5 of "So You Think You Can Dance" along with some of the best local dancers and figure skaters, from The Dance Stop Studio and the Gilmour Figure Skating Club.
"We are excited to again provide local young performers the chance to showcase their love and talents of the arts. ‘Skate Dance Dream'' is a unique, interactive and fun show that blends the worlds of figure skating and dance. The shows are designed for aspiring young amateur skaters and dancers, giving them the chance to perform with and learn from the Stars they see on television," Pennington said in a press release.
Pennington said his main goal in developing this show and future "Skate Dance Dream" shows is to help figure skating and dance grow within local communities across the country.
WHAT: Skate Dance Dream Gilmour
WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Gilmour Academy Ice Arena: 2045 Som Center Road Gates Mills, OH 44040
TICKETS: $12 General Admission; $28 On-Ice seating; and $45 On-Ice Table Seating.
For more information, visit: SkateDanceDream.com .