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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Halloween Skating Fun with Kurt Browning

Happy Halloween! Here is a video of four-time world champion Kurt Browning to get you in the Halloween spirit. 🙂
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Also, my sister, Christina, and wife, Chea, are participating in a breast cancer fundraiser this Sunday, November 4th. It’s the 2012 San Diego Race for the Cure at Balboa Park! They chose to do this Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in honor of Grandma Judy, a breast cancer survivor.

Christina and Chea are taking donations at their team page: The Fabulous Chitwood Ladies Team.

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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Top Moments from the London 2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic rings

Every two years, the Olympics is a positive motivation for athletes all over the world. The Olympic images give athletes something exciting to work toward. During the Summer Olympics, seeing the triumphs and challenges of the events gives even the winter athletes hope.

In case you missed them, here are NBC’s videos of the top moments from the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games: Top NBC Moments of the London Games.

Here are some highlights from Yahoo Sports: Unforgettable Moments from the London Olympics.

Photo Credit: Photo by Foreign and Commonwealth Office at Flickr Creative Commons.

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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Ice Rink Maintenance

Newport, NS

Newport, NS by Avard Woolaver, on Flickr

I’ve talked about ice rinks before, but ice rink maintenance is a topic many skaters have questions about. Kroc Center Ice is closing for annual maintenance from July 1st to July 22nd this year. You may wonder what they do that takes that much time.

While the rink does some maintenance every year, this year’s maintenance is a bigger project because they are going to melt down the ice and check the pipes underneath. Also, they are going to replace the yellow kick boards around the rink. They have to take apart the bleachers to access the kick boards on one side of the rink, which takes extra time as well.

This article explains how the ice surface is made and maintained: How Ice Rinks Work.

Have a good July break and happy 4th! 🙂