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Dean - whose second wife, American skater Jill Trenary, was already pregnant with the first of their two sons at the time - says: I packed up my house and within two weeks of our last performance, I was living in America.
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It was a completely new life. It was acclimatisation for about a year."Torvill & Dean" Interview & Performance On The Jonathan Ross Show 11 January 2014
So I had to make an effort to make them feel more comfortable," she says. They now have a son, Kieran, and daughter Jessica. It's not like, oh - within a month, you can have a child. They don't make it easy, so it has to be the right decision. Some do, which is amazing, but most people, first of all, want to have their own child, and you can't knock them for that," she says.
And you think, 'Where are all the families? They loved every part of it, but Dean admits that it may have cost him his marriage to Jill they split in ; he's now in a relationship with former Dancing On Ice judge Karen Barber. Obviously, it caused frictions," he says. It was something I felt strongly about continuing to do.
As they say in the book: Like Torvill and Dean, other dance duos who captured our hearts over the years have included: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. Despite a year age gap, the young Nureyev's fire and passion perfectly complemented the grace and elegance of the more experienced Fonteyn, helping cement their reputation as the celebrated ballet partnership of all time Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. One of the biggest dance movie hits of all time, Dirty Dancing gave unknown star Swayze overnight success Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
The Hollywood stars were arguably to movies what Fonteyn and Nureyev were to ballet, captivating audiences worldwide Michael Flatley and Jean Butler. Chris wears black trousers, white shirt and waistcoat, with a sparkly red bowtie and jacket with gold lapels.
Jayne has a very short flashy red dress with a spade in the middle. Snow Maiden [ edit ] Music: Both are dressed in shiny white outfits with blue and mauve embroidery.
The ice is lit a wintry blue and the movements take full advantage of the images of Husky-drawn sleighs, winter pageants, and snow-covered landscapes that the music evokes so successfully. The dance is immensely fast and yet graceful at the same time.
It actually begins in a static lift already posed as the lights go up, and it contains many large lifts from then on.
Jayne leaps effortlessly onto Chris's shoulders on a number of occasions and, in one move, even leaps all the way round him, going above his head, with seemingly very little assistance they later incorporated this move into Mack and Mabel for their Face the Music Tour in the mid '90s. It contains many symmetrical dance steps and large sweeping arm gestures, with a succession of impressive lifts and a series of symmetrical jumps and leaps carried out in perfect unison with each other, giving the impression of animals running through the forest.
Unique to this dance is a series of two symmetrical steps where they literally leap high into the air together but leaning forward with their inside leg bent as they plunge back to the ground, putting their outside leg straight out behind them.
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The move actually makes them look like two stags leaping and bounding and thrusting their antlers forward. The piece ends with Jayne throwing herself onto Chris, who bends with Jayne balanced on his knees and allows himself to fall flat on to his back, ending with Jayne suspended in the air held up by Chris, forming a dramatic and very beautiful final tableau as Chris continues to glide across the ice on his back.
Hi grace Echoes of Ireland [ edit ] Music: Challenge of the Champions Innsbruck Austria Result: The finished piece is actually an ensemble of three quite separate routines, which they later performed in different orders or simply on their own.
The first is a tradition lighthearted Irish jig with some very clever footwork. The second is a more sombre dance done to older tradition Irish Folk music.
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The third piece is a more modern piece, a very beautiful new age number done to a song sung by an Irish female artist. This final dance includes an unusual lift where Jayne jumps up and sits high upon one of Chris's shoulders facing the opposite way from him. The costumes consist of brown trousers, cream shirt, yellow neckerchief, and green-check waistcoat for Chris, and an off-orange dress with embroidered collar and sleeves and white apron for Jayne.
World Professional Championships Result: It was highly technical, physically demanding with a lot of high and drawn-out lifts, and visually very impressive. True to the style of the music, Revolution is extremely fast-paced and performed with an aggression that neither had displayed before.
The movements express violence, dissent, anguish, and entrapment. The costumes were very sophisticated in style: Chris wore back trousers, white open-necked shirt, and a smart black and purple waistcoat, while Jayne wore black trousers and a voluminous white silk blouse.
What was particularly unusual about Jayne's costume was that she actually wore black skates to blend right in with her trousers. While Chris always wore skates the dominant colour of his costume, even when in trousers Jayne rarely did, consistently skating in white skates in nearly all routines.