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Feb. 27, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU student skates toward dream

Stephanie Clark, a Slippery Rock communication/journalism major from McDonald, will display her 17 years of figure skating excellence Thursday when she auditions for her dream job ¬– “Disney On Ice.”

Clark, who has won 81 medals and ribbons since she was 5, will try out with three other Pittsburgh skaters at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Clark said she would demonstrate footwork, choreography, jumps, spins and theatrical elements.

Clark said she would wear her signature, multi-colored hair ribbon and an all-black skating outfit, because black stands out on the ice.

“This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this,” she said. “I am so nervous, and as it gets closer I am getting more and more nervous. I am going to be really disappointed if I don’t get it.”

“Disney on Ice” is a series of touring ice shows produced under agreement with the Walt Disney Co. Aimed primarily at families, the shows feature figure skaters dressed as Disney characters from cartoons and films.

The shows start their tours in June and run through November. There are tours in the U.S., including one to Hawaii, and in Europe, Asia and Australia.

“Even if I’m selected as a group member or extra, I would be completely okay with that,” said Clark, who expects to graduate from SRU in May. “It would be a dream come true to be one of the princesses.”

In order to qualify for the audition, Clark sent a headshot, full-length body shot of her on the ice, a skating resume and her skating video.

At SRU, Clark competes on the cross-country and track teams, is an intern in SRU sports information and serves as a FYRST Seminar peer leader. She is a Rock Blogger, member of the Honors Program and a sport management minor.