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ITNY Concert Series Features U.S. and International Stars

Emily Hughes will perform at Fluhsing Meadows on Aug. 8. There is no official word on her plans to take a year off from Harvard to focus on skating at this time.

Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) is helping to cool things down with Saturday evening performances at the World Ice Arena in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

ITNY ensemble members are joined by talented young skaters and guest artists in each Summer Youth Concert Series show. Admission is free, and the series has seen audience numbers grow weekly.

On Saturday, Aug. 8, Olympian and 2007 U.S. silver medalist Emily Hughes will join ITNY for a special performance.

On Aug. 15, 22 and 29, respectively, the guest stars will be: six-time British ice dance champions and European bronze medalists Sinead Kerr and John Kerr; Allison Reed and Otar Japaridze, newly qualified to represent their country Georgia in the European and World Championships in the 2010 season, and young Russian ice dancers aspiring to make the 2010 Junior World Team, Angelina Kabysheva and Sergey Komolov.

Other featured guest artists this season will be the 2009 U.S. intermediate dance champions Danielle Gamelin and Alexander Gamelin of Long Island.

The public is invited to stay to skate after the concerts. Admission is $8 and skate rental $5. Session runs till 9:50 p.m.

In the fall ITNY will continue its premier education outreach initiative,New Works and Young Artists Series at the World Ice Arena. Featuring free concerts, on-ice clinics, as well as in-school lessons, the series serves about 3,000 public school students (K-8) from Queens annually, as well as youths from Harlem and Washington Heights neighborhoods.