Monday, December 10, 2012

Ice Skating with Disney with Alevia Peterson

Alevia Peterson has been making a living doing something she’s wanted to do since she was barely older than a toddler — skating for Disney On Ice.

“I do what I love and I get to see the world,” said Peterson, 26, a 2004 graduate of Meadville, Pa. Area Senior High School, who is on tour with “Disney On Ice — Worlds of Fantasy.”

Peterson, one of the principal skaters in the show, will be in Erie next month for several performances.
She skates the parts of Ice Skating with Disney with Alevia Peterson, one of Tinkerbell’s fairy friends,
and Barbie from “Toy Story 3.”

Her skating with Disney has taken her around the world twice, as well as around the U.S. and Canada — but this will be the first time Peterson will be performing so close to home.

“She’s been skating since age 4 and she told us she wanted to skate for Disney on Ice,” said her mother, Jan.

Alevia said nothing beats seeing the excitement in children’s faces when the performance starts.

“Even if I’m tired or sore prior to a performance, seeing their faces light up always gets me through,” she said. “I never get tired of it.”

Alevia has a long list of achievements and medals from her career as a skater.

She got involved with Disney in 2004 through a training friend who was with Disney on Ice. Alevia was able to get an audition with Disney that year when there was a tour stop in Cleveland.

“Not long after the audition, I got a call (to join). It was a dream come true,” said Alevia.

The skater says she has mastered living out of two suitcases for the nine months a year while on the road with Disney On Ice. Have suitcase, will travel isn’t the tough part, Alevia said.

“Being away from my family — that’s the hardest part,” she said. “I do get to see them a couple of times a year.”

“She goes to children’s hospitals to visit with children,” Mrs. Peterson said. “She goes in to give them a smile, paint their nails or brush their hair just to give them (an emotional) lift.”

“We’re really proud of her and what she’s done,” Gail Peterson said of his daughter. “It’s nice to have her in the country. The worst time is when she’s out of the country, but we have email and Skype (the Internet video service) to keep in touch.”

Alevia said she loves performing and hopes to stay involved with skating as long as she can — possibly working with the shows in other capacities or coaching skating when she gets older.

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