POSTED: Tuesday June 23rd 2015

Almaty 2022 Ambassador Denis Ten and friends Sparkle During Breathtaking Ice Show 'Salem, Almaty!'

Almaty, June 23, 2015 - Almaty hosted the third edition of the annual ice show, "Denis Ten and Friends" organized by Almaty 2022 Bid Ambassador, 2014 Sochi Olympic medalist, Champion of Four Continents Figure Skating Championship 2015 and Kazakh national hero Denis Ten. Denis’ friends include famous foreign masters of figure skating from Canada, China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the USA. The show was designed to support his hometown in the race to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2022.  This year show was called “Salem, Almaty!”, which is Kazakh for «Hello, Almaty!» The central concept of the show is how the unique culture of Kazakhstan unites the multicultural composition of the participants.

The Ice show, which took place at Baluan Sholak Stadium, one of the venues proposed for Almaty 2022 Olympic Bid, opened with a blazing dance from South Korean star Park So-youn. For the first time on Almaty ice, Olympic silver medalists Qing Pang and Jian Tong from China gave an unforgettable performance. Olympic Games and World Champions - Maxim Trankov and Tatyana Volosozhar, Joanie Rochette, Stephane Lambiel, Aleksander Liubchenko and Jean-Denis Sanchis also took part in the show.

«We had a very balanced group of participants - a unique constellation of three generations - a generation of icons, present stars and future champions. Each of these great athletes is a unique personality, and all from around the world», said Denis Ten.

The theatre staged show was full of vivid visual effects and all the performances were accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Almaty. Denis performed his Olympic program routine to the accompaniment of the ethno-folklore Kazakhstani group, "Turan".

«This year show was staged by the famous choreographer from Canada, Shae-Lynn Bourne.  She is not only a well-known figure skater and world champion in ice dancing, but also has a vast performance staging experience. She has been involved in such major projects as the Stars on Ice in China and All That Skate in Korea, has worked with many Canadian projects», he continued.

The highlight of the show was the final number, which has remained unchanged for the past three years. All the participants dressed in Kazakh national costumes, accompanied by the orchestra. Denis remarked that the performance reflects the culture of the Kazakhstan.

Spectators of the ice show came from all over Kazakhstan. Additionally, foreign attendees came from China, South Korea, Japan and Russia to support Denis and his friends in this amazing ice show.

«Denis and friends» is an entirely Kazakhstani project, and gaining its popularity abroad. This is a direct reference to an interest towards our culture, our country. The Ice Show was a dream come true three years ago. But now I, and everybody in Kazakhstan, have an even bigger dream - to host 2022 Olympic and Paralmypic Winter Games in Almaty. As a passionate ambassador of our bid I hope my show will help us to win this race and also show, that winter sports in all facets, from figure skating to alpine skiing, from cross-country to ski jumping, are part of our daily life. Almaty is a true winter city with experienced fans. That´s what athletes like and need, short distances, great venues with experienced staff and a lot of passion by the people in a winter sports city with a stunning backdrop», concluded Denis Ten thanking spectators of the show.

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