Billy Chapel was a US World & International Team Member, A US triple gold medalist and a Canadian double gold medalist. He was the male star of Ice Capades for 8 years and was featured in numerous TV specials. Billy and his partner, Peter Gordon, created and produced shows in dozens of cities around the world. Most notably was in Las Vegas where FIRE & ICE and ICE SEDUCTION played at the Hacienda and Sahara respectively for over 10 years.
As a choreographer, Billy has worked with National, World and Olympic competitors from 6 different countries. He saw 4 of his students win World or Olympic medals. In the ice show industry Billy choreographed for most of the largest ice show companies in the figure skating business, including Ice Capades, Disney on Ice , Willy Bietak Productions, Advanced Entertainment Group and Rand Productions. From the late 90s until 2009, Billy choreographed primarily for Jeb Rand of Rand Productions. All together they teamed up for 28 productions ranging from star-studded TV productions, to casino extravaganzas , to theme park productions like never seen before.
In 2007 Billy ‘iced’ the first version of THE HOLIDAY ICE SPECTACULAR in Hong Kong and in 2008 he helped Jeb transform the show into a full scale theatrical production (in Reno, NV at the Eldorado Hotel & Casino). Sadly, we lost Billy in 2009, but his memory, energy and brilliance lives on through his choreography.
Note: In 2009 and this season, Joel Dear and Samantha Huntt-Vonsiatsky have restaged Billy’s wonderful choreography and added their own touches to his work and visions.