Fashion on Ice

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Queen of Soul and stars of skating and style glide into town

Combine the talented artistry of championship skaters, the stylish designs of fashion greats and the music of the Queen of Soul and you've got the makings of a monumental event.

Fans of the arts will want to be in the audience when "Fashion on Ice" glides into the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates at 7 p.m. Sept. 24.

The show, part of the 2011-12 Pandora NBC Skating Series, will star ice skating stars performing to songs by Grammy-winning singer Aretha Franklin who'll entertain live during the show. The skaters will also be performing in specially designed costumes by Betsey Johnson and Gilles Mendel of J. Mendel.

The production will be taped to be broadcast Nov. 13 on NBC.

"I'm very excited about this," said championship skater Ryan Bradley. "There are so many great entities coming together from so many different facets of our culture in this show," he said.

"And we'll be skating to such great music," he said.

Bradley was recently named the 2011 U.S. National Champion. He'll join other skating luminaries on the ice for this production including Olympic silver medalists ice dancing duo from 2010 Meryl Davis and Charlie White; Sarah Hughes; Sasha Cohen; Johnny Weir; Jeremy Abbott; Joannie Rochette; Alissa Czisny; and Sinead and John Kerr.

Tara Lipinski and Karolina Kurkova will act as hosts.

"It's a combination of such great creative people. We're looking forward to participating in the show," said Meryl Davis.

Bradley said in addition to the skaters singing to select Franklin songs they'll also perform to a number of other dynamic tunes.

Michigan native Davis added that performing in a show like this is enjoyable without the added stress of competition.

"It's a totally different atmosphere," Davis said. "But we still want to perform our best."

Missouri native Bradley also feels the same although he said being a very "competitive" person, he also enjoys the challenges of competitive skating.

"But being able to perform with this talented of a cast is also exciting," he said.

Bradley, who recently announced his retirement, said he's looking forward to doing more production style ice shows of this type.

"It was very difficult to make the decision (to retire). I'm only 27 but in skating years it's kind of like dog years," Bradley said laughing.

"I feel like I'm still skating great but in a different format," he said.

For Davis, the art of skating is something she truly loves and can't imagine not doing.

"Charlie and I really have a passion for the sport," she said. The duo will showcase their skills in the competitive arena once again when they participate in Skate America in late October in Ontario, Calif.

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