SACRAMENTO – She may not have seen many faces that looked like hers, but Tylerann Farley saw a future in ice skating and went for it.
Today the Sacramento native is inspiring other little girls to “Dare To Dream,” as an ensemble cast member in Disney On Ice’s lastest show.
Farley returns this week to perform before hometown crowds for the first time since joining Feld Entertainment, which produces Disney On Ice, last year. “Dare To Dream” ran at the Stockton Arena February 7-10 and will be at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena February 13-18. Farley has a large family contingent in both cities.
“It’s good to be back home and have the chance to sleep in my own bed,” said Farley, 26.
The show has taken her to the East Coast and to Mexico this past summer. Next year, she’ll be heading to Europe.
“It’s great to be able to work at something you love,” she shared.
As an ensemble cast member, Farley can be spotted during a variety of scenes in the show. She can skate alongside Cinderella or fill in as Princess Tiana, when the regular skater in that role — Soniah Spence — takes a break.
Girls love their Disney Princesses, packing appearances across the country.
“Our show is their personal magic show,” Farley said.
While she’s behind the scene, the magic isn’t lost on her. Farley is particularly amazed by a scene where the Rapunzel character circles the stage suspended by her long, blond hair.
“We’re the only show that has an aerial act,” she shared.
“It’s something special and we’re really proud of it.”
Farley started skating at age 7 at Sacramento’s Iceland Arena. At age 12 she began commuting to San Jose several times a week for training and went on to skate competitively. Fans will also remember her from Skatetown in Roseville and Oak Park Ice Arena in Stockton.
Farley has a bit of advice for young Black girls who dream skate professionally.
“Keep at it,” she said. “Work hard and make sure that you love it,” she said.
Tickets for “Dare To Dream” are available at the Sleep Train Arena box office or through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com
By Genoa Barrow
OBSERVER Senior Writer