The ice at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena doesn’t get any hotter than when it’s set on fire.
And that’s exactly what happened at the end of one of several spellbinding routines by the talented cast of this year’s Hot Ice, Allure.
The 27 professional skaters, many from the sporting side of ice skating, put on a enchanting show, full of glitz, glamour and daring moves which had the audience scrambling to pick their jaws up off the floor.
Russian skating duo Daria Perminova and Evgenii Belianin caused gasps when they executed a move that saw Daria balance her stomach on the spinning head of Evgenii.
As a regular watcher of skating shows, I’ll admit it takes a lot to shock me – the “headbanger” leaves me nothing but impressed as others watch the move through their fingers – but even I slid down in my chair each time American Joe Gorecki performed a perfect back flip over the ice.
But perhaps the most breathtaking performances were those by Japanese skater, Lisa Mochizuki.
Her moves, presented at a shocking speed, were simply beautiful.
Allure boasts many, many costumes, which are all made on site and are as big and as bright as ever, complete with several hundreds of feathers which have been a reoccurring feature in Hot Ice’s 76-year history.
This year is different to other years in that the skaters have had just three weeks’ rehearsal – usually the show has four weeks of preparation before the audience is allowed in.
But as the recession continues to bite, even the Pleasure Beach has to watch the pennies as the Arena has had to close to the public each day the skaters are learning their routines.
The reduction in rehearsal time, and the fact that many of the skaters were used to competing and not performing as part of a large ensemble, did show at times in the big group numbers when timing was evident and open to scrutiny, but with the show running every day except Sunday, with matinees to boot, the creases will iron out quickly.