How Figure Skaters Can Prepare to Audition for Disney On Ice

Audition for Disney On Ice!
Audition for Disney On Ice!. Photo Courtesy Disney On Ice

Read on if you're interested in skating and performing in Disney On Ice to prepare to audition for the show.

About Disney On Ice

Disney On Ice is a touring ice show featuring figure skaters playing characters from Disney films. There are several different Disney On Ice productions and touring companies. The shows tour all over the world. Some people say that watching a Disney On Ice show is like taking a brief trip to Disneyland or Disney World.

 

Tour the World and Skate at the Same Time

Many young people begin thinking about college as their high school years come to a close, but some skaters decide that before, during, or after college, that they should take some time to use their skating skills professionally. Disney On Ice gives skaters that chance.

Qualifications

All skaters who audition for Disney On Ice must be of a very high caliber. Every skater in the ensemble is usually an understudy for a lead role in the show, so only the very best skaters are considered for Disney On Ice.

Disney On Ice's audition team is looking for the following:

  • Skaters that are at the junior/senior level.
  • Skaters with strong skating skills and who are especially good at edges and turns.
  • Performers with acting skills.
  • Team players.
  • High school graduates at least 17 years of age.

Skating Preparation

Disney On Ice is especially looking for figure skaters who have that "special something."

Certain skaters just love to perform and will thrive in Disney On Ice's environment. Skaters should participate and compete in artistic figure skating competitions and showcase events like National Showcase. Those experiences are a great way to gain the artistic experience needed before auditioning for any ice show.

No Height and Weight Requirements

Disney On Ice does not have specific height requirements, but a certain part may require a certain height. The show looks for attractive individuals who are fit and healthy looking.

Disney Especially Likes Skaters With Pair Skating Skills and Experience

Disney On Ice is especially looking for figure skaters with pair skating experience. Even if you do not have a partner, get some pair skating experience if possible before auditioning.

Audition Process

To begin the Disney On Ice audition process, skaters should first send in a portfolio which includes a resume, picture, and video.

The portfolio should be sent to:

Feld Entertainment
Ice Creative Casting
2001 US HWY 301
Palmetto FL 34221

E-Mail:  Lisa Scuffell  or Judy Thomas

The Resume - What to Include

Tell as much about yourself as possible in the resume. Share about why you skate, about family, your interests, your education, and your interests and hobbies outside of skating. Let the show get to know you. Be sure to include:

  • Full name
  • Figure skating accomplishments
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Fax
  • Email
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Passport Information (if you have a passport)

The Video - What to Include

The video included in the skater's portfolio should be 3 to 6 minutes long.

The skater should first introduce himself or herself. After the introduction, the video should show the skater doing jumps, spins, footwork, spirals, moves such as Bauers and spread eagles, and jump combinations. After showing individual elements, the skater can include performances from recent competitions, ice shows, or exhibitions.

What to Wear

In the video, skaters should wear standard figure skating clothes. Look nice and neat. Don't wear baggy clothes. Hair should be pulled back and be away from the face. Don't forget the makeup.

Don't Worry If You Are Not a Jumper

The video should show the highest level of jumps a skater can do consistently. If you are an ice dancer or a synchronized figure skater who does not jump, indicate that on your resume. Disney On Ice is interested in skaters from all the skating disciplines and backgrounds.

Personal Auditions

Most of the time, the Disney On Ice audition team can decide if a skater is qualified for the show based on their resume, photo, and video. If a personal audition is needed, an audition will be arranged when Disney On Ice comes near a skater's hometown. It is recommended that an applicant send in a portfolio six weeks before one of the Disney On Ice touring shows comes to a skater's area. That way, the there will be enough to time make in-person audition arrangements.

Information for Parents

Parents of figure skaters in Disney On Ice should know that their children will be traveling in a highly structured and supervised environment. Since the show's cast members represent Disney, it is expected that all skaters maintain a family-like and wholesome image on and off the ice.

Make Friends For Life

Being in a company like Disney On Ice is really like being in a big family since skaters are together so much and are away from home for so long. Those who have toured with Disney On Ice have made lifelong friends.

Traveling and Skating Is an Education in Itself

Figure skaters that are considering educational options before, during, or after the college years should consider that touring Disney On Ice is an educational opportunity and may be a chance of a lifetime. Most young people don't have a talent like figure skating that can open doors like the door Disney On Ice has to offer.

There are only a certain amount of years when a skater is at the age and in the physical and mental condition to skate in a professional ice show.

Skaters and their parents should take in account that the "window of opportunity" to skate in Disney On Ice will not come again. After a year or more of touring, an individual may be ready for college and be better prepared for life