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Kurt Browning skates out of spotlight and into director’s chair

Four-time World Figure Skating Champion Kurt Browning has been dazzling audiences in Stars on Ice for 22 years, but says when it came time to take his first shot at co-directing and choreographing the show he had no mercy on his fellow skaters.

"I knew that I wanted the skaters to be a little bit scared of the show, that when they're in the tunnel ready to go on the ice that they have to focus, and not just go out there and kind of skate around and be done the group number," he told Metro Thursday morning while waiting to board a flight from Winnipeg to Regina.

"I think the skaters appreciate it too, because it's a lot more fun to do something that's challenging than which doesn't challenge you," he said of the 12-city cross-country tour, which reaches Vancouver next Friday.

This year's show features a star-studded cast of world-renowned athletes, including 2010 Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, 2010 Olympic bronze medalist and national sweetheart Joannie Rochette, Olympic bronze medalist and world champion Jeffrey Buttle, and 2012 Canadian national silver medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje.

"We have a very young cast," Browning said. "Kaitlyn's been wanting to be in Stars on Ice since she was eight years old, and she's been talking a lot about coming to Stars on Ice as a child and seeing pretty girls with the glittery dresses and wishing she was a part of it. It's pretty interesting for me to be choreographing a show for a girl who was eight when she first came to Stars.

"...You hope that somewhere out there there are more Kaitlyn Weavers... that you're leaving that impression on young kids."

The numbers feature hit music by artists such as Adele and Florence and the Machine.

Tickets for the Stars on Ice "Love 'n' Life" Tour start at $25 and are on sale now. They are available via Ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-985-5000 and the Rogers Arena Box Office.

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