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Born in 1960, Gary Beacom is a Canadian figure skater, choreographer and author.

Beacom began skating at the age of six. In 1983 and 1984, he won the silver medal at the Canadian Championships behind Brian Orser. He finished 11th at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and 10th at the 1984 World Championships. In the latter part of his amateur competitive career, he coached himself while studying full-time for a university degree.

In his professional career, Beacom specialised in unusual moves, notably in his performance to Leonard Cohen’s I’m Your Man. He won the 1988 World Professional Championships.

Since the 1990s, Beacom has delivered the Gary Beacom Blade Master Seminars and the I’m Your Man performance tour all over the world, and worked as a choreographer based in Oberstdorf, Germany and Tokyo, Japan.

In 2017, Gary appeared at Billingham Festival in Peacock Lakean ice show developed with creative input from Balbir Singh. This was the first time the two had worked together and proved a fruitful experience which has led to further collaborations. These include The (Elusive) Art of Figure Skating which was developed by Balbir Singh to showcase Gary’s unique approach to skating, while The Boy with the Rollerblades, also developed by Balbir, is a children’s show with a timely environmental message.

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The Idea (learning to dance)
My destiny to bring them together
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts (learning to dance)
The story (love and spice)
Dance with live cooking
On the trail of love and spice
Love, spice – and healthy eating
Breakdown of The Strategists
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
An interview with Kuldip Singh Bist of the Delhi Hurricanes
Overview of The Strategists
Decreasing Infinity in India
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Sooraj Subramaniam
Breakdown of the piece (12)
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Moon, dance
The Collaborators
Bones, Bodies and Beats
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Script (12)
BMX and Flatland terminology
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (2)
Running order (full contact)
Watersplash! Uncovering hidden histories to reach new audiences
When Worlds Collide
Immersed in music
In the presence of geniuses
Namron
Olga Maloney
Exploring hidden worlds
Gary Beacom
A bridge to India
Jesse Bannister
A lost art?
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Kimberley Hardy
body/painting – dancers at an exhibition
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
Baines Cards
Who was Sir Hans Krebs?
Synchro in the city
Kali Chandrasegaram
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
Padmashri Guru Pratap Pawar
What is Kathak?
Life blood
A new aesthetic in the sport-art of synchro
AquaKathak – the creative water workout
Balbir on working with Gary
Colouring your emotions
Abirami Eshwar