Shaun McGill, an internationally known ice skater and principal member of Baltimore's ice dancing company, Next Ice Age, died of AIDS yesterday in Toronto. He was 30.
Mr. McGill, whose intricate footwork and lightning speed on ice highlighted many Next Ice Age performances, began his skating career in Canadian competition in the late 1970s.
He went on to perform around the world with the John Curry Skaters, the first group to combine ballet and ice skating. He also skated with the Torvill and Dean Company, as well as Next Ice Age.
Mr. McGill was known for his portrayals on public television of the evil witch, Carabosse, in the ice ballet "Sleeping Beauty" and the magical old Drosselmeyer in a Chicago ice ballet version of "Nutcracker," which was choreographed by Nathan Birch, Next Ice Age artistic director.
Mr. Birch described Mr. McGill yesterday as "one of the most inventive, artistic skaters of all times, and he really inspired younger skaters to push the envelope a bit and be more experimental."
Mr. McGill, who lived in Toronto, is survived by his longtime companion, Regis Gagnon, of Toronto; his parents, Kathleen and Joseph McGill of Mississauga, Ontario; and by two brothers, Dean and Todd McGill, also of Mississauga.
Funeral arrangements were being made in Toronto.
His family suggested memorial donations to The AIDS Committee of Toronto, Box 55, Station F, Toronto, Ontario. M4Y2L4, Attention: Richard Cadieaux.