Performing and touring for Disney, they said, is a dream come true. For Palin, a veteran skater, it's his first touring job. Before he joined the Disney On Ice, he skated around Alberta, Canada, most notably in some shows with Olympic gold medal pairs skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier during the annual Calgary Stampede.
"Being on a tour like this is really something I've aspired to for a very long time," he said.
But for Blair, it's not just his first tour; it's his first professional skating job. Blair graduated high school in June 2011 and being on the tour when he's only 18 seems like a huge break.
"My family thinks it's great," he said and laughed. "I get to do what I love, what I've always done, travel and get paid. It's great."
Blair said he began skating when he was about 7 years old. Being from Wisconsin, he said, a lot of kids get into skating. Most of the boys tend toward hockey, but a few gravitate toward figure skating.
He took lessons, found out he was good at it and eventually got a coach. He competed around the state and won several trophies. A few months before he graduated, a Disney ice show passed through his hometown of Madison.
"I went and auditioned," he said. "A few months later, they contacted me and offered me a part."
Both skaters have been with the tour since it began in September. They said it's been an amazing experience so far and they love the travel. One of the perks of being on tour is the opportunity to see places they've always wanted to visit and discover things they never knew existed.
"New York was really a lot of fun," Blair said.
"I liked Savannah, Georgia, too," Palin added. "And we're going to South America in the summer. I'm really looking forward to that."
But the travel is really just icing on the cake. The performance is the thing.
"There are more lights, more sounds and the crowds are much bigger," Blair said. "It's just a lot more exciting than what I'm used to. I love it."
Palin said, "We skate our passion for the public every night."
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