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Alberta skater comes house as Cinderella in Disney on Ice this weekend

Kirstie Nelson will likely be performing in Edmonton in entrance of family and friends for the primary time in her profession with Disney on Ice

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As a younger lady rising up in Canmore, Kirstie Nelson was a Disney child.

“I lived and breathed these films,” says Nelson, one of many principal skaters with Disney on Ice, which units down with eight performances of Into the Magic on the Edmonton Expo Centre beginning Thursday. “We at all times had them on in the home, and we have been fortunate sufficient to have the ability to go to Disneyland on holidays.”

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Nelson wasn’t merely a Disney fan, nevertheless. As a five-year-old she grew to become obsessive about present skating, becoming a member of the Canmore Skating Membership and collaborating of their yearly exhibits. It was a ardour she continued with by means of highschool, and solely hung up her skates when she moved to Edmonton to check on the College of Alberta’s School of Engineering.

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Alberta skater Kirstie Nelson is Cinderella in Disney on Ice’s newest manufacturing Into the Magic, taking place on the Edmonton Expo Centre this weekend. Picture by garybogdonq /Equipped

“I beloved it a lot, however I didn’t actually suppose that it was a sensible chance as a job for me,” she says. “I missed it, although, and once I noticed that a few of my mates have been with Disney on Ice I assumed, ‘I’ve to offer this a shot.’”

There was a really brief interval throughout which she did some teaching and labored within the engineering area, however that was 11 years in the past. Nelson has been making her residing with the touring outfit ever since. It’s a full-time job, and Nelson usually doesn’t get again house for greater than a month at a time, however she’s not complaining. In spite of everything, not all people will get to do what they love for his or her day job.

Nelson began out as a part of the big ensemble of skaters utilized in each present, however by means of the years she’s labored her method as much as principal roles. Like Cinderella, who she’s enjoying in Into the Magic this weekend, which options characters from Moana, Magnificence and the Beast, Frozen, Coco and extra. Nelson is especially blissful to be enjoying the princess with the glass slipper, because it was her favorite character rising up.

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“It was on repeat as a child,” she admits. “I at all times wished that good, lovely blue ball robe. So it’s fairly particular that issues have type of come full circle for me on this, and I get to painting the character on daily basis.”

It takes a excessive stage of ability to have the ability to skate a present like Disney on Ice, however Nelson says there’s extra to it than that.

“Like they are saying, expertise will get you within the door but it surely’s character that’ll maintain you within the room,” she notes. “They’re searching for folks with a sure ability set and expertise, however that isn’t the one factor that they take a look at. You’re travelling all around the world representing this firm, and also you’re additionally residing with as much as 100 folks. These folks turn out to be your loved ones. So, they search for folks with character, who’ve a superb head on their shoulders and a piece ethic as effectively.”

Having a stable work ethic is particularly vital for Disney on Ice as a result of performers can’t merely go into cruise management as soon as the present has been rehearsed to perfection. There are at all times tweaks, new expertise and tips, and each performer is anticipated to know all the present inside out. This implies Nelson would possibly go in as a featured performer garnering all the plaudits as Cinderella, but when there’s a necessity she’ll slip on one other costume and participate in one of many ensemble items as effectively.

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Alberta skater Kirstie Nelson is Cinderella in Disney on Ice’s newest manufacturing Into the Magic, taking place on the Edmonton Expo Centre this weekend. Picture by Geo Rittenmyer /Equipped

“It’s important to be actually good at multitasking,” she laughs. “It will probably get just a little chaotic backstage and also you’ll be thrown into issues on the final minute. It’s important to be prepared to leap in typically with little discover as a result of somebody has turned an ankle. However that’s additionally what makes this so thrilling. It’s by no means boring for us, you get to do various things on a regular basis.”

Disney on Ice is most assuredly a spectacle filled with color, sound and costumes, however Nelson sees it as greater than that. She notes the characters represented are all confronted with obstacles they should overcome, however they by no means hand over. It’s a philosophy she will get behind as a younger skater from Alberta who dreamed of performing in entrance of 1000’s of individuals as her job.

“That is what we would like the viewers to remove,” says Nelson, who for the primary time in her profession with Disney on Ice will likely be performing in Edmonton in entrance of family and friends. “Simply the truth that you’ll be able to overcome any impediment you’re confronted with. Preserve following your desires. Don’t cease, don’t hand over. Something is feasible and I do know that as a result of I reside that method. That’s how I obtained to the place I’m proper now, by working onerous, not giving up, and overcoming tons of obstacles all through my life and my skating profession. So sure, it’s about following your desires and I really feel like I’ve actually, actually executed that.”

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Disney on Ice presents Into the Magic

When Thursday to Sunday

The place Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave.

Tickets Beginning at $43 from

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