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Minnesota skater returning home as part of Disney on Ice tour

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An Oakdale native will have a home ice advantage this weekend as part of the Disney on Ice's "Passport to Adventure" show, the Pioneer Press reported.

Steven Grant, 18, will appear in multiple roles during the show, which finds Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse traveling around the world.

Grant will play a starfish in an "Under the Sea" scene from Disney's "The Little Mermaid," a beach boy in a "Lilo and Stitch" segment, and a pirate in the "Peter Pan" segment, the Pioneer Press said.

Grant said he started skating when he was 19 months old on a pair of hockey skates, and switched over to figure skates when he was 3 in order to learn jumps and tricks.

An alum of the Woodbury Figure Skating Club, Grant told the Woodbury Patch that skating has always been in his blood.

"After learning how to do a waltz jump on a pond behind a family friend’s backyard, I couldn’t think of anything more to love then to jump on skates," he told Patch.

Combining his skating and the musical theater skills he learned while attending the St. Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts, Grant said he first put together an audition tape before he was invited to a three-hour tryout at Xcel Energy Center.

The Pioneer Press said he joined Disney on Ice in September for two weeks of rehearsals before the shows started in California.

Grant told the paper that appearing at the performances, which run Thursday through Sunday at Xcel, fulfills his "biggest dreams as a skater."

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