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Surprise Twist at 'Stars, Stripes and Skates' Show

The seventh annual "Stars Stripes and Skates" ice show will be held at the Danbury Arena in Danbury, Conn. on Sunday, Sept. 28. Show time is 3 p.m.

Emmy-award winning choreographer and dancer Shane Sparks of "America's Best Dance Crew" and "So You Think You Can Dance?" will co-host the event with three-time Olympian JoJo Starbuck.

Cast members include the 1994 Olympic champion Oksana Baiul; three-time World medalist Fumie Suguri; U.S. bronze medalist Ashley Wagner; British ice dance champions Sinead and John Kerr; 2008 U.S. World team member Jeremy Abbott; 2008 U.S. ice dance bronze medalists Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre; 2008 World junior champion Adam Rippon; and Japanese team member Daisuke Murakami.

Miki Ando, the 2007 World champion, was slated to skate in the show but withdrew over the weekend due to a personal issue. Ando was in Danbury for the show's rehearsal but an emergency arose and she had to return to New York.

The event benefits the 9/11 Heritage Foundation and also will offer audience member a unique opportunity. According to the New York Times.com, anyone who buys a ticket to "Stars, Stripes and Skates" will be invited to the taping of a pilot episode for a new skating reality show immediately afterward, featuring surprise celebrity guests from the skating world.

For more information, go to: http://www.starsstripesandskates.org.


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