The magic of Disney on Ice returns to Knoxville Nov. 5-9 for ten shows at the Knoxville Civic Center. The new show “Princesses and Heroes” features many of the Disney characters that have become a part of childhood memories for children around the world. The latest show features the new characters Elsa and Olaf from the movie “Frozen.”
Playing Princess Tiana is Carlina Ramirez who seemed to have been destined for a life on the road from the day she was born. Ramirez was born in a car while her mother was en route to the hospital. Now in her fifth season with Disney on Ice, she spends 10 months a year on the playing in arenas around the world.
“It’s like a vacation for a really long time,” said Ramirez. “I have performed in 38 countries around the world.”
According to Ramirez, bringing the extravagant Disney production to life is a gargantuan task that involves 45 skaters and more than 100 people behind the scenes that create lighting and visual effects (along with vendors, drivers and other technical crew members). The crew arrives a day ahead to begin making the ice where the magic comes to life and setting up the technical aspects of the show.
For Ramirez, Disney on Ice was an opportunity to pursue her passion for skating while traveling the world. Born in Brooklyn, Ramirez began skating at the age of 10 and participating in competitions. Inspired by Michelle Kwan, Ramirez competed in competitions in South Florida before joining the cast of Disney in 2010.
Bringing joy to children and people all over the world is by far the most rewarding part of being a performer,” said Ramirez. “Being able to travel, see the world, meet new people and experience new things while doing what I love most is a fantastic benefit to being a performer.”