Acting & Singing Sensations Coco Jones and Bella Thorne to Join Figure Skating and Gymnastics Champions at Jamestown Savings Bank Arena for the 2013 Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular

Posted by on July 26, 2013

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JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (July 26, 2013) – Disney Channel stars and singing sensations Bella Thorne and Coco Jones will perform live in a show that brings together two of the most popular Olympic sports: figure skating and gymnastics.

The show, featuring Olympic, World and national champions from both sports, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena and will once again be produced by Disson Skating.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

The event will be hosted by Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, three-time U.S. figure skating champion Michael Weiss, and Olympic gymnastics champions Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner.

The star-studded figure skating cast is scheduled to include:

  • Two-time Olympic medalist, three-time World champion and seven-time Canadian champion Elvis Stojko
  • Olympic medalist, World medalist and six-time Canadian champion Joannie Rochette
  • Two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner
  • U.S. champion Ryan Bradley
  • U.S. champion Max Aaron
  • U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir
  • U.K. current Dancing on Ice champions Beth Tweddle & Daniel Whiston
  • The cast is also scheduled to include the following gymnastics stars:

  • Olympic champion Nastia Liukin
  • Olympic medalist, World medalist, and U.S. champion Jonathan Horton
  • Olympic medalist and World champion, Beth Tweddle
  • World medalist and U.S. champion Jake Dalton
  • World medalist and U.S. champion John Orozco
  • Additional performers will be announced at a later date.

    “We are also excited to announce that U.S. champion Ryan Bradley and a female skater to be named will be skating a number in our live show and NBC special wearing original Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz costumes provided by the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy thanks to the support Journey Gunderson, their Executive Director,” said Stephen Disson, President of Disson Skating. “Last year Journey and Greg Peterson were kind enough to host a private tour and cast dinner at the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy and everyone thoroughly enjoyed this very special experience.”

    ABOUT BELLA THORNE
    Bella Thorne, star of the hit Disney Channel original series Shake It Up has sky rocketed to fame with her tween/teen fans playing aspiring dancer ‘Cece Jones’. Shake It Up originally premiered with 6.2 million viewers. She recently returned from South Africa where she was filming the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore comedy Blended in which Thorne stars as Sandler’s daughter.

    The triple threat recently expanded her talent in the music arena with her first solo single “TTYLXOX” which was included on the Shake It Up soundtrack and not only making it on the Billboard 100 charts, but has sold over 300,000 singles to date. Thorne will be performing her new single live in this show, which will be the first time she performs it live for national television.

    Thorne has been topping the charts at Radio Disney with “Bubblegum Boy” and recently collaborated with IM5 (brought together by American Idol’s Simon Fuller, celeb blogger Perez Hilton, and tour producer Jamie King) with the single “Can’t Stay Away.” Following the successful release of her independent tracks, Thorne embarked on a new journey and recently signed with Hollywood Records.

    ABOUT COCO JONES
    Coco Jones is both an actress and recording artist who is currently on the All Around The World tour with pop sensation Mindless Behavior and the OMG Girlz.

    Coco released her first E.P., “Made Of,” earlier this year. The album’s first single, “Holla at the DJ,” has had a soaring success, peaking at #3 on Radio Disney’s Dot Com Top #3, and garnering over 2.2 million views on YouTube.

    She recently had the honor of performing on the Finale float at the 2013 Rose Parade, with her performance airing on ABC, NBC, Univision, and was viewed by over 23 million people. Recent acclaim includes her feature on Essence.com in “35 Under 35: Young, Black, and Amazing,” which places her among the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and Beyoncé.

    “We are very excited to be title sponsoring the Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular for the sixth consecutive year and happy to be bringing this unique network TV special back to Jamestown”, said Diane Schiever, Senior Manager – Media for Progressive Insurance.


    The show will be broadcast nationally on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 (1-3 p.m. EST). Following the initial telecast on NBC there will be two rebroadcasts of the show on AXS TV (a national cable network owned by Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest).

    The show, in its entirety, will be posted on IceNetwork.com for viewing for six months following the initial telecast on NBC.

    In addition to Progressive Insurance, the following companies have also agreed to return as sponsors of this special: International Gymnastics Camp, Musselman’s Apple Sauce, Overstock, Pandora, Paul Mitchell, Subway, and The Century Council.

    Brittany Evans

    About the Poster: Brittany is a sports enthusiast with a passion for promotion who helps handle digital marketing for Disson Skating. She can be contacted at bevans@lpcpublicity.com.

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