Anyone familiar with this annual ice production doesn’t need telling that it is just about the slickest, quickest and sexiest show around. But for the millions who have their entertainment served up on television, it took Dancing On Ice to make them realise there’s more to skating than the occasional medal winning rendition of Bolero.
So with a big budget television advertising campaign and the programme’s reminder this is “spectacular dancing on ice”, the latest edition of the long-running Blackpool secret is out to preach to more than just the converted.
Enter The Edge (as in “cutting edge”) - a fusion of company numbers with solo, duets and any combination of this almost 30-strong united nations of skaters on the ice at any one time.
Some of the music has been used before, but choreographer Phil Winston and producer/director Amanda Thompson have re-interpreted everything for the company of old and new faces.
This is - as ever - an ensemble production, although the likes of Alexei Kislitsyn and his wife Natalia Pestova have become firm favourites, while Jenni Calvert is always popular with Hot Ice regulars.
There’s not a wasted moment, but it still packs in the intensity of Romain Gazave and athleticism of Adam Jukes and Ruslan Novoseltsev, the sensuality of French skater Audrey Truong and skills of Russia’s Yulia Shchekochikhina together with stunning spins, turns and silk work.
A faultless lighting system, rock concert lasers and lavish costumes make Hot Ice once again a winner.