ICEGRIPPER was recently approached by FlameOz, the UK’s premier fire act who have performed their award-winning brand of dynamic fire dance, acrobatics and circus skills in over 40 countries, with an unusual challenge. They were touring with a Mexican ice show. The challenge was to perform their amazing fire routines on ice! They needed an unobtrusive ice grip product, which whilst giving them the necessary grip on ice, allowed them to also perform dance routines – with fire! Even after years of very diverse customer enquiries, this was a rather unusual one for the ICEGRIPPER team. Director, Carl Marsh said “ Whilst we had previously supplied ice grip products to ITV for Dancing on Ice, this enquiry was for a product which did not just provide the gripping action alone and it needed a product which could cope in a very demanding environment, that’s why I recommended our ICESPIKE product”. Here’s what Dave Knox from FlameOz had to say:
“Our brief to ICEGRIPPER was a bit on the unusual side – we are a circus act that needs to perform on an ice rink. FlameOz were asked by “Illusion on Ice” a touring Mexican ice skating spectacular to perform a bespoke choreography on the ice rink. Clearly this presented a particular technical challenge – performing fast paced synchronised dance-style choreography on a surface created for maximum slide! After an online search, I contacted ICEGRIPPER to discuss options available from their extensive catalogue. ICEGRIPPER looked like the right retailer for us. The website was clearly laid out with loads of information. I could tell that a conversation with Carl would be fruitful and I wasn’t wrong!
Carl recommended ICESPIKE as it was flexible (we could apply it where we needed), robust (it is!) and easy to fit to a range of sizes (small girls and big guys). The ICESPIKE were super easy to apply – just screw them into the sole of the shoe. When we needed to make changes in the configuration there was no immediately visible damage to the sole of ICESPIKE by ICEGRIPPER the shoe (a teeny screw hole/mark). Over a run of 60+ shows, 7 days per week for 4 solid weeks we had a total of only two ICESPIKE’s come out of the shoes. Not a bad failure rate at all bearing in mind we are pirouetting, twisting, running, turning etc… I can’t comment on their use for running, but WE found them to be an excellent product in a very demanding ice dance environment. The feedback from the team in Mexico is fantastic – we will be ordering more ICESPIKE’s from ICEGRIPPER, thanks Carl!!”
is the UK’s premier fire act who have performed their award-winning brand of dynamic fire dance, acrobatics and circus skills in over 40 countries to more than 1000 audiences. FlameOz shows have been performed across the world at a range of events from Olympic Closing ceremonies, corporate galas, international arts festivals, weddings and parties:
“A truly exceptional show prepared and delivered with a professional expertise that wholly reassured both ourselves and the venue. We are recommending you to all our corporate clients.” J. McCarthy, Client Relationship Manager, Outward Bound, UK
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