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Katie Upton has fun with Dancing On Ice duo Dan Whiston and Karen Barber

Figuratively speaking, at least, I hit the ice.

Photo Ian Robinson'Blackpool Gazette reporter, Katie Upton, during her ice skating lesson with Dancing on Ice star Dan Whiston and judge Karen Barber at the Jubilee Ice Rink in Cleveleys

Photo Ian Robinson'Blackpool Gazette reporter, Katie Upton, during her ice skating lesson with Dancing on Ice star Dan Whiston and judge Karen Barber at the Jubilee Ice Rink in Cleveleys

With skaters Karen Barber and Dan Whiston to guide you, that’s unlikely to actually happen though - when the Olympic skating coach and three-time Dancing On Ice winner tell you how to ice skate you don’t do it half-heartedly.

Taking to the ice at Cleveley’s Jubilee Ice Rink, with champion skaters no less, might initially send a chill down your spine but the pair will quickly melt your heart to quickly grow to love the daunting sport.

Just half an hour on the rink took this occassional skater from being weak-kneed and clutching the side, to confidently gliding along and happily being lifted over the hard sheet of ice.

And it’s (almost) easy when you know how; feet at ten-to-two, stomp stomp glide glide, strong through your core, push out through your palm ... smile.

It’s amazing to think in just six weeks these two can turn around novice skaters to perform breath-taking routines on national television, while wearing skimpy sequin outfits too.

Now the pair are bringing their skate school back to the Cleveleys venue, open to all abilities, from budding professionals to first timers, for the Fylde coast to see just how that’s done.

Dancing on Ice champion Dan said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing skate school back to Cleveleys.

“This is where we live so it’s really important to us that we give people in this area the chance to learn some tips from us.”

Dan’s famed charitable nature extends beyond his unwavering support of Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice, to reassuring a wobbly novice of their ability.

While Olympic coach Karen’s steady nature and firm teaching - quite simply: do it this way and you’ll be able to do it - allows no opportunity to doubt yourself.

She said: “The Cleveleys Skate School really is a special one for us because we get to see such varied talent.

“Some people come along because they’re curious and they’ve never stepped on the ice before.

“Others that come already have lessons and are at a high standard which is brilliant to see. Dan and I love to get the opportunity to pass on our knowledge and experience to others.”

Dan added: “It really doesn’t matter what your ability is. The main thing is that we want people to come along and have fun.”

The ice dancers are also taking their skate school across the UK with other dates in Yorkshire, Scotland, Wales and London for members of skating clubs.

The Cleveleys session is the only one open to the general public, open to all ages and abilities, at Jubilee Ice Rink on North Promenade from 3.30pm to 5.30pm on Saturday, September 27.

For more information and to book a place, contact: (01253) 820705