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Kerr getting revved up for ITNY's 'Celeb Skate'

British ice dancer to be joined by stars at benefit event May 17 at Chelsea Piers

Sinead Kerr and John Kerr are guest performers at ITNY's "Celebrity Skate 2012."
Sinead Kerr and John Kerr are guest performers at ITNY's "Celebrity Skate 2012." (Laurie Asseo)

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By John Kerr, special to icenetwork.com
(05/10/2012) - After a two-month break from participating with the U.S. Stars on Ice tour, Sinead and I have the honor of participating in Ice Theatre of New York's "Celebrity Skate 2012" on Thursday, May 17.

The show is a benefit to cover Ice Theatre's rehearsal costs for the 2012-13 season and has some very exciting people taking part. The diversity of the New York-based celebrities is going to make for an intriguing evening of entertainment. The celebrities include: Robert Engle (Nobel Laureate), Pat Kiernan (NY1 news anchor) and fashion designer Nicole Miller. After a few intense weeks of training with a professional skater, the celebrities will participate in a skate-off judged by figure skating's own celebrities: two-time Olympic gold medalist Dick Button and Moira North, founder and artistic director of ITNY, as well as award-winning dance choreographer David Parsons.

Guests will not only get to cheer on their favorite celebrity contestant but also enjoy performances by other guest artists, such as myself and Sinead and "All My Children" star Rebecca Budig. A new piece performed by the junior cast of ITNY will also be unveiled.

With shows such as "Dancing with the Stars" and "Skating with the Stars," audiences are becoming more and more intrigued by what we, the performers, are doing and what it takes to get there. While the celebrities participating in this event are enthusiastic about the prospect of learning some new skills, they all have commented on how demanding the training is and how it is a great way of keeping in shape.

"It's the best exercise in the world!" Engle proclaimed.

Miller takes a positive attitude from the rink to the design studio, saying, "When I get to work after skating, I'm in a great mood."

And Kiernan may think he has the edge, being Canadian, but with the tricks the professionals have up their sleeves, it's anyone's game.

It's a great opportunity, personally, for Sinead and I because we are both based in New York City, so I guess this counts as a "home" event for us. Ice Theatre has done a great job of keeping figure skating alive and relevant in New York City, and it's great to be a part of that.

The event takes place at Chelsea Piers and starts at 7:00 p.m., with a cocktail reception following at 8:15 p.m. For those under 25, tickets cost as little as $25, while general admission is $45. Visit icetheatre.org for more information.

I'd better go and practice a bit now so I can keep up with all those daredevil celebs.

Cheers!