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Hip-hop skaters on live TV show

Oxford Freestylers
The Oxford Freestylers will tour with Torvill and Dean in April

A troupe of hip-hop skaters from Oxford is preparing for a live performance on ITV's Dancing on Ice finale.

The Oxford Freestylers won their spot on the show after beating off dozens of hopefuls to get to the final of Ice Star, a competition to find new talent.

Watched by an audience of millions, the group of six skaters - aged 14-24 - wowed the judges with their hip-hop and breakdance-inspired routine.

They will also tour with ice dancing legends Torvill and Dean next month.

The group, which includes Jordan Heeley, 14, from Oxford, Joey Tsang, 24, from Cowley, Wayne Oliver, 22, from Headington, Lawrence Osborn-Edwards, 18, from Blackbird Leys, Andy Hastings, 21, from Littlemore, all in Oxford, and Rob Firkins, 18, from Abingdon, formed just over a year ago.

It's not like figure skating or ice hockey where you get recognition as an official sport, so it's nice to show people this is what we're about
Joey Tsang

They bonded over their shared love of breakdancing and hip-hop in skating sessions at the Oxford Ice Rink and set up the group specifically to get on the show.

It was judged by legendary Olympic skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean who won gold for Great Britain at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, dancing to Ravel's Bolero.

Joey Tsang said: "Most of our scene is underground, it's not like figure skating or ice hockey where you get recognition as an official sport, so it's nice to show people this is what we're about."

Jordan Heeley added: "I'm really looking forward to Sunday, it's just one of those things you just don't want it to end, you want it to keep going and going."

The nationwide tour starts on 2 April. The Oxford Freestylers will join the celebrities at Wembley on 13 April.



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