Top of the class for Dan the man?

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IT’S been back to school for ice king Dan Whiston this week.

The Poulton star of ITV’s Dancing on Ice has been going to acting classes with skating partner, gymnast Beth Tweddle.

The pair had already been trying to work on the ‘performance’ side of their routines, after criticism from the judges in last week’s show.

But after acid-tongued Jason Gardiner accused Beth of “not having a fun side” on Sunday, they decided to go back the classroom.

Dan said: “Technically Beth is fantastic. The problem is the judges, especially Jason, felt she was not giving a performance.

“Last week Beth had the most technically-challenging routine of the whole competition, it was full of steps and tricks.

“But we’ve taken that feedback on-board and we’re really working on it.

“We thought acting classes might be good to help Beth with performance.”

And Dan has been learning a trick or two from Beth.

He said: “Beth has been teaching me a bit about what she does – so I’m going to be doing a bit of gymnastics in the show Sunday, which should be interesting to see.

“So I’ve been learning from it too. She is a great person to be working with.”

Sunday’s show, at 6.15pm, will see the celebrities taking part in ‘The Leveller’. This will mean each one has to perform part of the routine on their own, to enable the judges to see each individual’s skills.

Dan said: “It will really show people’s skills and should be interesting to watch. We’ve been working really hard for it.”

Meanwhile, South Shore skating sensation Katie Stainsby, a regular star of the Pleasure Beach’s Hot Ice, is currently through to the semi-finals in the Dutch version of Dancing on Ice, Sterren Dansen.

She has proved popular with the judges and the public with her partner in the series, Holland’s Strongest Man, Jarno Hams.

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