One of the Milton Keynes’ finest ice skaters is currently strutting her stuff on our TV screens every Sunday night on Dancing on Ice – and you could learn to dance with her.
Vicky Ogden is the professional figure skating partner of funnyman Joe Pasquale on ITV’s hit show.
And 28-year-old Vicky, who is from Milton Keynes, coaches at the International School of Skating based at Planet Ice in CMK.
She is eager to pass on her wisdom to new skaters, young and old.
It’s never too late to learn,” she told MK NEWS. “We take everyone and anyone of all ages. We take kids from 18-months-old in out toddlers’ group – I’ve had some from that age who are now nine-years-old.
“I’ve got a group of kids that I’ve been working with for over ten years now. That’s lovely because I’ve been working with them from when they were small and I now have some about to take part in the British championship.
“And then we have retired people coming along to a coffee club some mornings.
“We’ve been running a school at the rink for about seven years, and I’ve been coaching since I was 18.
“I think sometimes people forget the rink’s in Milton Keynes, and that’s a shame.”
Vicky started skating when she was six-years-old, and competed in her first British championship aged 11 – the first ever skater from Milton Keynes to do so.
She now travels the world in figure skating shows that includes her performing tricks with fire.
She got started at Dancing on Ice when some of the kids she taught appeared on the show, and then she started training some of the celebs. She first appeared on the show last year.
“The first year I did it was with Andy Whyment from Coronation Street,” she said. “He was very funny, very easy to work with.
“Now I’m with Joe Pasquale, and we’ve got exactly the same sense of humour.”
Vicky is hopeful for her partnership with Joe. She added: “He’s very keen. I think at his age the things he’s doing are incredible considering he’d never stepped on the ice before this.
“He requested to skate with me so that was nice.
“For his first three steps on the ice he was like a giraffe, but now he’s doing things like holding me upside down and he’s doing really well.”
You can see Vicky on Dancing on Ice on Sunday from 6.15pm.
If you want to find out more about her skating school, see www.internationalschoolofskating.co.uk.