WANT TO GO?
Disney on Ice presents "Princesses & Heroes"
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: $15, $20, $25, $30 and $45
INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Graduating from high school can be a huge step -- particularly if you're not sure what that next step should be.
Lane Nicolay ran off and joined Disney on Ice's "Princesses & Heroes." The 18-year-old from Rochester, Minn., performs this weekend when the touring production skates into the Charleston Civic Center.
Nicolay said she still plans to go to college.
"But I chose to do this before going to college because I wasn't really sure about majoring."
And quite frankly, she needed a break.
Those last couple of years in high school were murder for the skater. Aside from keeping her grades up and getting to class, Nicolay was a competitive skater, performing at area tournaments. She was also very involved in charity work.
"I did a lot of stuff with Habitat for Humanity, local libraries and some soup kitchens," she said. "I also volunteered at my local skating rink. I taught little kids how to skate."
And she had a job. Nicolay worked at the CherryBerry Frozen Yogurt Bar in her hometown.
"So, yeah, I was crazy busy," she said and laughed.
Actually, jumping on a bus and embarking on a national tour was kind of a break, a way to catch her breath.
Nicolay has been skating since she was about 3 years old, and while she participated in plenty of skating tournaments and won her fair share of medals, competition wasn't really where her heart was.
"My love was for performance," she said.
Disney on Ice sounded like a good place for her to go. So, she talked to a couple of her coaches at her local rink who'd been part of the show when they were younger, and then she put together an application video.