From Rosemary Ponnekanti in the Tacoma News Tribune:
“Its a dream come true worthy of Disney itself: Four young skaters from Tacoma, Yelm and Puyallup totter onto the ice as preschoolers, train hard all the way through school, and win the audition to skate with touring blockbuster Disney On Ice. But unlike Cinderella or Rapunzel, this tale is actually true, and those four local skaters will perform for their hometown crowd when Disney On Ices Dare to Dream show brings its skating fairy tales to Kents Showare Center next week.
‘Its so exciting, its like a dream come true,’ said Jennifer Rubin, a Tacoma native who is one of the four Sprinker-trained skaters involved with the tour, including Yelm brothers Alexander and Jared Moss and Puyallup skater Ashley Mandapat, who skate in the shows ensemble. Now tour coordinator, Rubin joined the Disney show as a skater in 2004 and still skates on occasion. Shes hoping to make a guest appearance for the Kent show that her family and club members will attend.”
“Alexander Moss agrees, ‘Its a wonderful opportunity to tour the world and make friends from all over,’ he said.
Even the 50-weeks-a-year touring never gets stale, Moss said. ‘When youre in entertainment, theres nothing like it. Its hard to call it a job; its more like a paid vacation. And the four of us are all skating together its so much fun.’
Moss, who started skating with his younger brother Jared as soon as they could walk, initially learned hockey and speed skating but soon got into ice dancing and figure skating, with Jared doing more leaps and jumps. There was a bit of rivalry, but now theyre a team on the Disney tour.
This show is the first time the four skaters will perform in their home region. The Disney show, which just closed at Everetts Comcast Arena, moves to the ShoWare Center in Kent next week, and all the family, friends and club members are planning to come.
Disney on Ice
What: Four local skaters are performing in the Dare to Dream ice skating show.
Where: ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent
When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-9; 10 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11
Cost: $18-$70 ($12 kids tickets for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8, 11:30 a.m. Nov. 10 and 11, and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11)