How to Choose Music for Performance

Christina Chitwood and Mark Hanretty performing to “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” from The Swing Kids at the 2009 European Championships. (Photo by Liz Chastney)

Christina Chitwood and Mark Hanretty performing to “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” from The Swing Kids at the 2009 European Championships. (Photo by Liz Chastney)

Most of us listen to music every day. However, if we were asked what would be good music to perform to, would it be easy to answer? Maybe or maybe not.

Whether you’re choosing music for a show performance or for a competition program, here are some tips for choosing music, especially in figure skating.

1. Start with finding a notebook and pen.

2. Write down any pieces of music you really like and make you feel like moving.

3. Listen to these pieces of music while standing up (if you have the pieces of music – or you can search for and listen to them on the Internet). See how the songs make you feel, if you naturally begin moving to them, and if you can imagine skating to the music.

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November 30, 2012

Join Us in Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

The Fabulous Chitwood Ladies Team – Chea Hutton-Chitwood and Christina Chitwood-Parkin

The Fabulous Chitwood Ladies Team – Chea Hutton-Chitwood and Christina Chitwood-Parkin

I’m really excited that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a cause that’s very important to me as my grandmother is a breast cancer survivor.

Today, I participated in the “Rally for the Cure” at The Farms Golf Club. My team placed 3rd!

My sister-in-law, Chea, and I will be participating in these Susan G Komen for the Cure breast cancer fundraising events in San Diego:

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October 10, 2012

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Watch the Olympics

The Olympics is a uniquely exciting and inspiring event. You have the opportunity to see top-level athletes who have a dream, have set many goals along the way to meet that dream, and have worked extremely hard to make their dream come true. They often had a mixture of successes and setbacks to work through, which made them stronger individuals.

Athletes have a mentality that can take them far in many areas of life as well as in their sport. You can use the excitement and inspiration you gain from watching the Olympic athletes on television to create dreams of your own and make your own dreams come true.

Here are ten reasons why you should watch the Olympics:

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July 27, 2012

Top 5 Ways to Train like an Athlete

Christina at the gym. (Photo by David Paterson)

Christina at the gym. (Photo by David Paterson)

We all have an athlete inside of us. Your inner athlete is there whether it was developed when you were younger, you’re currently a competitive athlete, or you’ve not experienced your competitive side. The key to bringing out the athlete within you is to train like an athlete.

As an elite athlete from a young age, I’ve had a lot of experience training as an athlete and living as an athlete. Something I’ve noticed is that if you’ve ever been a competitive athlete, that’s a part of you for life.

Often there is a transition point. For example, I’m now a figure skating coach instead of a competitive figure skater. There are still many areas in life where I continue to be an athlete.

Here are 5 ways to train like an athlete:

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May 30, 2012

Making a Difference – Heroes with a Heart 2012

Heroes with a Heart 2012

Help a Child. Change a life. Build a Future.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center in San Diego is in the middle of its very special annual fundraising campaign called “Heroes with a Heart.” We’re hoping to raise $75,000 to provide financial assistance to children, families, and seniors so they can participate in Kroc Center programs and services they could not otherwise afford.

I’m an ice-skating coach at the Kroc Center Ice Arena, and I love to see the benefits to children and adults using the scholarship program. I truly believe the scholarship program changes lives.

Read the entire article and Skate-A-Thon reminder.

May 10, 2012