Baldwinsville Parker Pennington, a U.S. National Champion at four different levels, will bring some of his talented friends to Baldwinsville for a figure skating and dance show spectacular.
Parker will be showcasing his growing national tour, Skate Dance Dream, presented by Courtyard Marriott, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at The Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena in Radisson.
The show aims to inspire skaters and dancers throughout the Central New York area and beyond, by giving them the chance to perform with the stars.
“I am beyond excited to bring this next show to the Central New York area. The Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena is a great fit for us to build off the momentum of our last show in Wooster, Ohio,” Parker said.
With a unique blend of the two arts, skating and dancing, the show certainly promises to surprise and excite with jumps, spins, tricks and much more. The most important piece for Parker is to make a difference for all the local skaters and dancers in route to chasing their dreams, by giving them the platform to both perform and learn from their idols.
“We feel like if every child is given the opportunity to skate or dance with the Stars and get to spend time learning and being around them, it can only enhance their experience and love for what they do. At the end of the day, I want to be able to create a memory for them that will be everlasting,” Parker said. Parker added that performing in the show Scott Hamilton & Friends with his idol Scott Hamilton undoubtedly kept him inspired and pushed him towards furthering his skating goals.
The Skate Dance Dream shows are set around the theme of inspiration, while holding a constant goal of pushing innovation to the fullest. One aspect that Parker particularly said he hoped was successful is the outreach to the local skating and dancing communities, by bringing the stars right to their town. “Obviously, one large goal in developing these shows is to help skating and dance grow,” he said. “Our philanthropic efforts also offer the chance for clubs within a region of where our shows take place, to fundraise for their programs.”
The show certainly promises to bring a different spin to the sport of figure skating and boasts a strong cast including skaters Ross Miner, U.S. National Bronze medalist and World Team member, and Sean Rabbitt, U.S. National Senior Men’s competitor and producer of Skater’s Care. Also performing will be Nathan Trasoras and Ashley Valerio, both finalists on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” More National and World Class Skating and Dancing Stars will be added to the cast, so visit skatedancedream.com for updates. Cast is subject to change. Tickets are $10, $25 and $40; to order, visit skatedancedreamsyr.eventbrite.com.