Tribute to Wanna Montano Hamilton

Tribute to a dear colleague and friend – Wanna Montano Hamilton

Everyone at ICE is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Wanna Montano Hamilton.

Wanna was a valued and respected member of our ICE event staff, as well as a much-loved character within the cheerleading and dance community. She passed away suddenly at home in Huddersfield on Monday 30th December 2019, at the age of 43.

Wanna joined Team ICE during the current season and had an immediate positive impact. She quickly established herself as an outstanding team player. Wanna would often manage the entrance doors, where she met thousands of ICE athletes, coaches and spectators. Many of her colleagues became personal friends.

Lisa Biddulph, ICE Event Manager, said, “Wanna had a heart of gold, and would do anything to help anyone. She always had a smile on her face.

A JustGiving page has been created by ICE Director, Kimberley Mason, who is asking the cheerleading and dance community to donate whatever they can to assist Wanna’s family with funeral costs. Donations will also help support Wanna’s husband, five children and two grandchildren, following the loss of her income:

Kimberley said, “Wanna, it was a privilege to have met and worked with you. My love and thoughts are with your family at this terribly sad time. It was so clear that you adored them, and in return they adored you. You were truly one of life’s good ones; rest in peace, sweet lady.

The team at ICE greatly valued Wanna’s dedication, kindness and good nature. She will be hugely missed by all of us, and we send our sincerest condolences to Wanna’s family and friends.



New for the 2019-2020 season, we have three ICE Extravaganza Cheer & DanceExtra Cool” Events, which take place on a sprung floor:

  • ICE Cooler (EXTRA COOL) 28-29 Mar 2020, Stoke-on-Trent, West Midlands
  • Summer Meltdown (EXTRA COOL) 16-17 May 2020, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
  • ICE Blast (EXTRA COOL) 23-24 May 2020, Crawley, Sussex

In addition to the divisions offered at regular ICE Extravaganza events, Extra Cool & ICE Championships events also have all International (IASF) divisions available as listed in the SportCheer UK Age Grid.

More information:

Thinking of bringing your teams to an Extra Cool event? Feel free to call us for a chat! We can’t wait to see you all there.

Note: Extra Cool, ICE Championships & Too Cool for School are the only events taking place on a sprung floor this season. All other events take place on a non-sprung floor.

Scoring Workshop

We had a fantastic afternoon meeting everyone at today’s cheer Scoring Workshop! So many coaches and junior coaches joined us to get a head start on this season’s scoring systems and rubrics.

Congratulations, and we’re excited to see you all again soon at your first ICE event of the season. Any coaches seeking guidance in the meantime can email for assistance.

Thanks to our super demo stunt group from Barlborough Bears and Affinity Allstars for helping out, and RLC Rockets for hosting us.

Cheer Coaches Scoring Workshop – 3rd November 2019

Incredibly Cool Events are delighted to be offering a Scoring Workshop for Coaches on 3rd November in Doncaster!

The workshop is aimed at cheer coaches competing in ICE Level 0, Prep, Non-Tumbling, and Allstar Cheer Levels 1-3 this season.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN – Please submit the Cheer Coaches Scoring Workshop Registration Form

For coaches aged 12-17, the registration form must be completed by a parent/guardian.

Advance booking & payment is required; registration will open on 8th October. Places are limited.

Come along with an open mind, ready to learn. Be present and ask questions – this is a safe learning space.

Important information:

  • Dress code: comfortable clothing with trainers.
  • Eat before you come; we will stop for water breaks but there’s no lunch break.
  • Junior coaches are welcome to attend (minimum age 12, under-18s with parent/guardian permission).
  • Our privacy policy can be found on our website.
  • Once a place is booked the fee is non-refundable, however, the booking is transferable (for example, to another coach within your programme).
  • For any enquiries about the Scoring Workshop, please contact

Scoring Workshop Terms & Conditions:

Coaches attending the Scoring Workshop must be at least 12 years old by 3rd November 2019. Participants aged under 18 must be registered by a parent/guardian. To secure your place, payment is required by the due date on your invoice. Recording or videoing at the Scoring Workshop is strictly prohibited. Photos may be taken where permitted by the Workshop Leader. The fee is non-refundable, however, the booking is transferable if you can no longer attend. To transfer a place, contact in advance of the event. If the event is cancelled, Incredibly Cool Events will reimburse registration fees but will not be responsible for any transport or accommodation related expenses. Incredibly Cool Events accepts no responsibility or liability for accidents or injury which occur during the event. Registering for this event indicates acceptance of these terms and conditions.


Registration now open for the new season

A pom team compete on a dance floor at ICEWe are very excited to announce that coaches can now register for the following events:

ICE Ultimate Dance Experience Events (up to July 2020)

And 2019-2020 season ICE Extravaganza Cheer & Dance Events (including Extra Cool & ICE Championships)

A cheer team execute a basket toss at an ICE Extravaganza Cheer & Dance event*Extra Cool & ICE Championships events take place on a sprung floor (and have additional divisions available). All other events take place on a non-sprung floor.

ALSO – NEW FOR THIS SEASON – the “Too Cool for School” Schools & University event on Friday 27 March 2020 in Stoke-on-Trent.

The entry form is available here (and if you don’t have Excel, just contact us for a compatible form).

If you have any questions at all about bringing routines to ICE, please feel free to contact us on or just give us a call on 0333 335 0089  – we’ll be happy to help!


Welcome Khyrese!

Welcome Khyrese Heron to the ICE judge panel 16th March 2019

ICE are very excited to welcome Khyrese Heron onto the judge panel for Dance Fever in Bedford tomorrow!

A seven-time world champion, Khyrese was the winner of CBBC’s Taking the Next Step. He teaches dance workshops internationally, and just last weekend instructed a sold-out class at Move It 2019.

Khyrese has previously judged for a television show in China, and has multiple performing credits worldwide. He was a finalist on Sky One’s Got To Dance, and also competed on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. Khyrese is perhaps most well-known for his role as Cooper on The Next Step.

More recently, you may have seen Khyrese in the live finals of BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer, as a member of Prospects Fraternity.

Khyrese says, “I’m so excited to be a part of Incredibly Cool Events! Some of the UK’s best competitors giving it their all – and I get the honour to judge.”

“I want to feel their passion, their energy, that feeling that makes you want to join in! I want to see things I’ve never seen before, to get me off my seat.”

We are delighted Khyrese will also be joining us as a dance judge for the ICE Championships in Stoke-on-Trent on 29-30th June!


Meet our Events Manager

Meet Lisa, your Events Manager at Incredibly Cool EventsHi Lisa! Tell us about yourself?

My name is Lisa and I’m the Events Manager here at ICE. I originally joined the team back in 2017, working behind the scenes on event days. Currently I’m managing all the events whilst Kim is on maternity leave, so that she can spend precious time with her two beautiful sons.

Dance has been a huge part of my life since primary school. I started out learning ballet before joining a freestyle school and progressing through various exams. Eventually, I graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with an Honours Degree in Dance Practice & Performance. This led to me starting my own dance school as well as teaching part-time for Stagecoach.

More recently I’ve become interested in competitive cheer & dance, after getting involved with coaching pom and contemporary teams. Before joining ICE I also used to manage a team of people working in customer service for the disaster recovery sector. I’ve been the Events Manager for ICE since September 2018 and I absolutely love it!

Are you enjoying your new role?

Absolutely, I feel totally at home. I’m a very methodical person and I enjoy organising things, so my new role suits me perfectly. Not only am I doing a job I always dreamed of, I’m also working in an industry that I love. It’s definitely a role where I can apply all my skills.

I’m also the person you speak to when you call the office, so if you have any questions at all just reach out – I am always happy to help. Call the office on 03333350089 or email if you have any questions.

What were/are you most excited about?

I’m always most excited about seeing all the athletes and dancers bringing their hard work to the floor. It’s wonderful how passionate everyone is, and I really enjoy meeting teams at each ICE event throughout the UK (if you see me, do come and say hello). In between event days, I’m also part of a fantastic behind-the-scenes team, working really hard to make your experience great. The future for Incredibly Cool Events looks very exciting indeed!

What were/are you most nervous about?

Looking back, I was probably most nervous about organising our first ever ICE Ultimate Dance Experience event back in November, which took place in Walsall. There was no reason to be worried – it all went amazingly and everyone seemed to have a great time! As I’m heading into organising the fourth event of the season, I’m no longer feeling nervous. Instead, I’m very excited for what the rest of the season holds.

What makes ICE different this season?

New for this season we have the ICE Ultimate Dance Experience events, which are brand new events just for dance. We offer divisions for teams, novice teams, solos and duos in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Pom & Acro. We’ve already held two events so far this season, with the third taking place in Bedford on 17th March (the on time deadline is 1st February – don’t miss out!)

We’ve also moved the ICE Championships to Fenton Manor in Stoke-on-Trent this year, which is a super venue for cheer & dance competitions. We’ll be having a sprung floor at this event, and I’m looking forward to crowning our ‘ICE Royalty‘ soloists there too. There will be more surprises on the day, and I can’t wait to see everyone!

What’s your best advice for a coach thinking about entering an ICE event?

I would say ICE are passionate about offering well-organised, friendly and easy-to-follow events. The events are not overbearing; they have a good balance of competition and friendliness. Most of all, we try to keep entry fees as affordable as possible.

Whether it’s your first competition or you’re an ICE regular, we aim to be accessible and approachable. There’s an area at each event just for coaches, where you can take time to relax, network, share ideas, or just grab a hot drink to help get you through the day. Our judging team offer clear and constructive feedback, which we hope you’ll find useful, and if you have any questions about scoresheets you can contact our scoring team for guidance.

There are lots of ways to get in touch with ICE for any help or advice you might need. Feel free to give me a call if you ever just need reassurance that you’re on the right track! I’m really looking forward to seeing you all throughout the rest of the season – please do come up and introduce yourselves, as it’s great to put a face to a name!

Alliance By Cheer

Here at ICE we love to see teams being supportive of each other and raising positive awareness of our sport. We spoke with ‘Alliance By Cheer’ to find out how they are working to bring clubs together outside of the competition environment, to help develop the cheer community nationwide.

ABC was founded earlier this year by Angeline Rees (Warrington Cheer Storm) and Sarah Maxwell (Lightning Athletics), as a platform to improve skills and build friendships by working together. They organise joint training sessions, aiming to promote cheer and enhance each athlete’s experience through shared learning.

The launch session took place on 20th October 2018, where athletes from both teams bonded over ice breakers, enjoyed amalgamated stunting and tumbling, and learned group dances. This fun joint training session was followed by an enjoyable group dinner. The teams now plan to meet up a couple of times a year, to continue to support each other.

ABC welcome any team to get involved, regardless of where they might be on their cheer journey. Any interested coaches can contact Sarah or Angeline directly via the Alliance By Cheer Facebook page.

We’re so happy to see examples of new friendships and shared experiences spreading across the cheer community! Good luck to ABC in their initiative to create more successful cheer alliances, and we look forward to meeting teams united by ABC at Incredibly Cool Events for ICE season 4!

Alliance By Cheer athletes learning new skills Alliance By Cheer athletes training together Alliance By Cheer athletes executing a stunt

New Medals for 2018/2019 Season

2018-2019 season ICE medalsWe are excited to celebrate all of your successes at competitions with our brand new incredibly cool season 4 medals!

We can’t wait to see you all wearing them.

Remember, every athlete and dancer gets a medal at each ICE event.

Season 4 starts with our first ever ICE Ultimate Dance Experience – Dance Fusion in Walsall on 11th November.