Emanuel Sandhu

Olympic Athlete & Award-Winning Figure Skating Champion

Panelist For:

4.40pm – 5.20pm: Panel Discussion 2: “How Style Influences Identity”
Moderated by Sonia Jhas


If life imitates art then dressing surely is an art. But we must ask ourselves, which came first: style or identity; identity or style? Should they even be considered separate?

After almost a decade of being honoured as one ANOKHI MEDIA’s 2010 “Sexy and Successful” for my achievements as an Olympian and dancer, I’ve been busy tailoring the styles and creative identities of talented artists on the ice and on the stage. It will be interesting to see how my style and identity have evolved, how I view myself and how paradigms have shifted in all this time. 

I look forward to “undressing” these topics as a panelist on “How Style Influences Identity” during the exceptional T.A.P.E. Summer #ThisIsMSstyle event. 

Thank you to Raj Girn, for inviting me; can’t wait! Bisous bisous xoxo!”


Olympian Emanuel Sandhu is a three-time Canadian Men’s Figure Skating Champion, a Grand Prix Final Champion, and a back-to-back Skate Canada International Grand Prix Gold Medalist – among other international titles – and a two-time Olympian (Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006; alternate 1998).

Originally from Richmond Hill, Ontario, multi-talented Emanuel is an alumnus of Canada’s National Ballet School, one of the world’s premiere ballet academies, which he attended for 10 years. He placed as Top Three Male on the number one rated television show “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”, followed by the So You Think You Can Dance Canada National Tour.

He is the first figure skater in the world to complete a triple/triple/triple jump combination and has invented many never-before-seen spins including the famously flexible “Sandhu” spin and is known world-wide for his breathtaking skating performances, which blend art and technique.

With an Italian-East Indian heritage, Emanuel was awarded the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award at age 17, as well as YTV’s Youth Achievement Award, the Premier’s Athletic Award, and was nominated for Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year Award. He was recently inducted into the Richmond Hill Hall of Fame.

His work extends far beyond the ice rink and dance studio to several local and National charities which he has donated his time and celebrity to including: The Pledge to End Bullying, The Red Cross, The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Face the World Foundation, Raise-a-Reader, The Kidney Foundation of Canada and many others.

Some of Emanuel’s professional show highlights include: Stars On Ice, Art On Ice (featured dancer and skater), Rock the Ice!, Holiday Festival on Ice, Japan Open, National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker tour of Japan and Canada’s National Ballet School National Audition Tour, Wintertournee Germany, Opera On Ice Italy, Red Square Show Moscow, and many more.

Recently he directed and choreographed the on-ice spectacular The Nutcracker by Plushenko, which toured Russia, and skated the lead roles of Stahlbaum and the Rat King. He has choreographed innovative and successful programs for World and Olympic champions as well as up-and-coming international talents from around the world.

Emanuel still actively skates and dances, participating in many shows while now turning his focus to coaching not only in dance and figure skating but also working with hockey players in the power skating world.

Outside the rink, his interests include design, space and science, business, drama, art and music. He sings and has recorded several of his original songs.


Courtesy of Emanuel Sandhu