Torvill and Dean

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Jayne Torvill (b Nottingham, 7 Oct. 1957) and Christopher Dean (b Nottingham, 27 Jul. 1958), British ice dancers and Olympic gold medallists. As a partnership they revolutionized ice dancing, bringing it closer to dance and in doing so raising questions about its viability as a sport. At the 1984 Olympic Games, where they won a Gold Medal, their free dance to Ravel's Bolero earned a perfect score and captured an international audience, establishing Torvill and Dean as the most famous ice dancers in history. Dean's artistic choreography widened the horizons for competitive ice dancing and he was even commissioned to make a work for English National Ballet. As professional skaters they mounted large-scale ice dancing shows and appeared in several television specials. They performed routines based on the musicals Mack and Mabel and Barnum, as well as tributes to ‘Fred and Ginger’ and John Lennon.

Subjects: Dance.

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