Julianne DiMura will portray Elsa in Disney on Ice Frozen coming to the XL Center in Hartford. Let’s learn more about this amazing ice skater and star of Disney on Ice Frozen.
Julianne DiMura, fondly called Jules by her friends, grew up in East Greenbush, New York. Her friends and family describes her as kind, empathetic, hard working, patient, and friendly. Julianne began staking at the young age of 6 years old. Her parents are very loving and supportive parents and worked tirelessly to help her and her sister (Nicolette) accomplish their goals and make the most of opportunities that came their way.
What do you enjoy about performing?
I love having the opportunity to tell a story for an audience and express myself through interpreting different characters/themes/styles of skating. It is such a rewarding feeling seeing audience members, especially young children, excited about a performance and reacting to what they are seeing on the ice. How lucky I am to be able to entertain families for a living! Seeing the happy reactions on people’s faces is a constant reminder of why I love to perform and do what I do everyday at work.
What do you want the audience to get from your performance?
I want the audience to really believe in my performance and be moved by my interpretation of Elsa and the story of Frozen on the ice. My job as an entertainer is to make a connection with the audience and draw members from the crowd into the performance. This is certainly something I strive to do and improve upon every show.
What advice would you give to kids who want to be performers?
The best advice I ever received was to always remember to find the joy in performing. I would also tell children to work hard, persevere, ask questions about the world of ice shows/being a professional figure skater, and learn to be comfortable on the ice and confident in their skating abilities/what skills they have to offer. Show skating is a wonderful outlet for skaters with various skill sets – it’s important for kids to know that this could be a great option for them in the future if they enjoy performing and traveling!
What is your favorite memory on or off the ice?
My favorite memories are from my family vacations to Ocean City, NJ. My immediate family and up to 50 of my extended relatives and family friends all travel to Ocean City, NJ every summer for two weeks. It has been a family tradition for decades now and something that I hope to do with my own children in the future. Ocean City, NJ is definitely a “happy place”.
What is the best and worst thing about living on the road?
What I love most about life on tour is the unique opportunity to meet and work with people from all over the world. It is so exciting to constantly be exposed to different languages, cultures, and ways of life. Another exciting component of tour life is the constant traveling – you can be in a different city, or even a different country, on a weekly basis! I am so grateful to be in a profession that has enabled me to travel all over the world to perform.
The worst, or perhaps most difficult, aspect of being on the road is being away from family and close friends for long periods of time. The constant traveling makes it challenging to see those closest to you outside of work on a regular basis, but it is all part of the job and tour experience.
I have learned the importance of staying in touch with friends and family while touring. I have also learned to be a lot more self-sufficient and independent through my international traveling experiences. I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to spend a lot of time working and living in Europe, Asia, the United States. It has opened up my eyes to different lifestyles and values as well as helped me become a more cosmopolitan and worldly individual. While on the road, one is always being exposed to new things, new places, new people.
What are some of your ice skating achievements?
I am a USFS Gold Medalist in Partnered Ice Dance, Solo Ice Dance, and Moves in the Field. I have completed through my Junior test in freestyle and through my Third test in Figures. Prior to attending the University of Delaware, I was the 2008 Empire State Games Bronze Medalist, the 2008 Lake Placid Championships Junior Ladies Gold Medalist, and a Finalist in the Junior Ladies Division at the 2009. Competing on and serving on the Executive Board (President, Secretary) of the University of Delaware Collegiate Figure Skating Team was definitely a highlight of my skating career. The intercollegiate circuit provides skaters with the unique experience of competing in individual events while simultaneously earning points collectively toward their teams. UDCFST has won multiple intercollegiate national titles, so it was certainly an honor and extremely rewarding experience to be a 4-year starter (competitor) on the team and find both team and individual success at the national level. I also competed in the Solo Dance Series for two seasons, qualifying for the Solo Dance National Championships both years.
What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully great things! With this touring lifestyle, I try to take life one day at a time and be present. I hope to continue working as a Professional Figure Skater for at least the next few years – accepting new challenges, creating/coming across new opportunities, and setting/achieving more goals.