Who are the professional skaters of Dancing on Ice 2022?
DANCING on Ice returns once again to our screens.
The show wouldn’t be the same without its gang of professional skaters who make famous faces shine on the ice.
Who are the professional dancers of Dancing on Ice 2021?
Matt Evers is a regular on Dancing on Ice and has been a part of the show since its launch in 2006.
The American was born in St Paul, Minnesota, but raised in North Dakota.
The athlete specializes in ice skating and rose to prominence by winning the junior pairs title at the 1998 American Championships.
He went on to compete in three senior international events, including competitions in Canada and Russia.
After moving to New York City to pursue his showbiz dreams, he worked on Broadway, modeled and landed odd acting jobs here and there.
Alex Schauman, 42, is a Finnish professional skater.
She first appeared in Dancing On Ice in 2010 and was associated with Dr Hilary Jones.
The other celebrities she has skated with are Dominic Cork, Sam Nixon and Todd Carty in the All Stars series.
She is married to another Dancing On Ice pro, Lukasz Royzcki.
Lukasz Rozycki first appeared in Dancing On Ice in Series Six in 2011, partnering with Frank Lampard’s ex-fiancée Elen Rivas.
In 2012, he appeared with EastEnders actor Laila Morse, but she suffered a rib injury so the couple finished 15th.
In 2019, he teamed up with actress Didi Conn and the couple were the third couple to be eliminated from the competition.
Lukasz teamed up with TV personality Trisha Goddard on the 2020 show, but the couple were rejected in week 2.
In 2021, he skates with singer Myleene Klass.
Mark Hanretty is a 36 year old professional ice skater and dancer from Glasgow.
The Scottish athlete previously represented the UK at international level.
With his partner Christina Chitwood, they won two bronze medals; one in 2008 and the other in 2010.
They also participated in the 2009 European Championships and placed 18th.
Mark is married to skating coach Kathy, with whom he has two children named Lukasz and Liola.
Brendyn Hatfield is a 36 year old professional skater.
This is his third time playing on Dancing On Ice.
Brendyn has made a name for herself on the Disney on Ice shows, playing the roles of Aladdin and Woody.
In addition to being a skateboarder, Brendyn has also worked as an editor and cinematographer – working on projects including the short film My Name is Tommy.
Vanessa Bauer is a 25-year-old German dancer, acrobat and skater.
She performed on an ice rink aboard one of the world’s largest luxury cruise ships, HMS Harmony Of The Seas.
As a result, she declares that “life is a holiday” – and to her, it literally is.
But maintaining a body strong and agile enough to dance on the ice isn’t child’s play.
In 2018, Vanessa won the show with her partner Jake Quickenden.
Andy Buchanan is a Canadian ice dancer from Wabumun, Alta.
He started figure skating at just seven years old and went on to become a seven-time Western Canadian Champion, including junior and senior titles, as well as singles and pairs.
He turned pro in 1999 and played various lead roles for Disney on Ice including Scar, Simba, Tarzan and Aladdin, with his partner Robin Johnstone as Jasmine.
Robin Johnstone is a professional ice dancer from Canada.
Born in Steinbach, Manitoba, Robin has been skating since she was two and decided to turn pro when she was twenty.
She first worked with the Toronto Ice Theater, Paramount Canada’s Wonderland and Paramount Kings Island.
Robin then joined Disney on Ice and played Mulan, Jane from Tarzan, and Princess Jasmine during her shows with the company.
She has also performed in the Cirque du Soleil and Holiday on Ice distributions.
First appeared on Dancing on Ice in 2013 and 2014, she returned in 2021.
Robin is married to fellow skater Andy Buchanan – and has been for 14 years.
Karina Manta is a 25-year-old professional ice skater from Olympia, Washington.
The young skater has danced in tournaments with Joe Johnson from 2013.
The duo have competed in Skate America, the US International Classic, the US Nationals and the Midwest Sectional Championships.
In 2018, Karina told her social media followers that she was bisexual.
His partner Joe is gay, and the couple became the first openly gay team at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Karina said at the time: “I think this sport makes room for new approaches, new art forms, new types of people,
“I like to think that Joe and I are both trying to keep expanding the space in our own way, alongside so many teams that are pushing our art form in a hundred beautiful ways.”
Joe Johnson joined Dancing On Ice in 2021.
He performed with Cirque du Soleil with his skating partner Karina Manta in 2019
In October 2018, his partner Karina also came out publicly and the couple became the first openly gay team at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Angela Egan is a 35-year-old Scottish professional ice skater and Disney on Ice star.
She is the current defending Dancing On Ice champion after winning the 2021 show with Sonny Jay.
The couple suffered a crash during rehearsals.
During an elevator attempt similar to the show’s famous headbanger, they both ended up hitting the ice.
When does Dancing On Ice begin?
Dancing on Ice will begin on Sunday January 16, 2022.
You can watch the action from 6.30 p.m. on ITV.
The series will air at the same time each week for 10 weeks and viewers will also be able to catch up on ITV Hub.