DENVER — For 26-year-old Stephanie Hilton, this summer will be as exciting as the London Olympics! Hilton is a Denver woman who began skating at a very young age almost by accident.
“My friend was having a birthday party at a local ice rink but I didn’t know how to skate,” said Hilton. “I began trying to skate with a walker but quickly discarded that contraption and just caught on.”
Caught on is an understatement, she mastered the art form in short order. Her athletic career began as a gymnastics kid, but her love for the ice quickly put an end to that.
“I loved dance and skating and practiced every chance i got,” said the only Black star of Disney on Ice.
She got her Fine Arts degree in dance in New York City. But her love for skating rekendled when she graduated. She had thoughts of trying to make the Olympics but for her making a living doing something she had big love for won out.
“I am the only Black in the Ice show and this year has been amazing. I have been all over Europe and after ‘R-and-R,’ here in Denver I am heading to South Africa, where I hope to win the lead princess role in the Princess and the Frog,” said the local ice star.
Her parents are proud as punch of their ice dancer as are other young Black skaters who know about her success.
For her, the trip to South Africa is something she is most proud of, “The show has never been to Africa so this is history I am skating into, I am so hyped!”