I recently interviewed Katie Curran who is a skater in Disney on Ice. I saw the show, which was playing in Denver in December. Katie is from Denver, so it was super exciting to learn about her!
Katie Curran started skating when she was 2 years old because her Dad was a hockey player. So she was kind of destined to skate. He brought her out on her grandparents’ ice rink, and that was it from there.
Her coach, Robyn Sudkamp, affected her career because she used to skate for Disney on Ice. She was the one who really pushed her to audition. Curran gives all the thanks to her.
It took a lot of hard work to get where Katie is now. Curran remembers when she was in elementary school where she would wake up at 6 am every day, just to make sure she skated before school. Then after school, she would go to the rink and skate after school. When Curran was younger, she did a bunch of ballet and dance classes, plus cardio and resistance training. It was a lot of work, and she said the thing that gets you through is persistence and always remembering your goals, and staying focused.
It’s really cool for Katie to be able to portray all these different Disney on Ice characters. According to Curran, “You get to see all the kids’ faces when you come out to the audience and they’re so full of joy and happiness.” It’s really awesome that they’re bringing all these Disney characters to life! Katie Curran plays Dory’s mom in the second half of Finding Dory, so she wears a full-out fish costume! Katie says her favorite part is traveling and getting to go to a new place and a new city every week.
Being on the road is definitely and adjustment, but she says anything is an adjustment. “It’s just a new experience, so you have to just learn to be quick on your feet.”
“I’d say, just never give up from your dream because Disney on Ice was certainly a dream for me and I never thought it would come true. “ says Katie. But there she is now!
Book: Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
Movie: The Grinch
Relaxing activity: Shop, take a bath, and watch movie by herself
Meal to eat before a show: Fruit or salad
Fast food restaurant: Chick-fil-A
Celebrity she’d like to meet: Ellen DeGeneres
Thing about living in Colorado: the mountains
Place(s) in Colorado: Denver and Boulder