Friday, February 7, 2014

Skating Fridays

A Brand New Program

I am still in shock about the results of my recent figure skating test. Seriously. Like my-jaw-is-still-stuck-on-the-floor-and-I-can't-pick-it-up type of shock. Knowing that I have about 8 weeks left until Adult Nationals, I knew I needed to perfect my freestyle program.

Or so I thought.

Coach B and I had a lesson this past weekend, and she said something to the effects of, "I'd like you to consider changing your music. You need something that the judges and audience can relate better to."  Oh, so you don't think that everyone will relate to a flute concerto that I performed in college? Kidding, of course.

While the flute concerto I skated to for my test (Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto Pastoral) had a soft place in my heart, I knew Coach B was right. I did some research and looked for wind ensemble, chamber music, orchestra and All-State Band pieces that I've performed. There were a few that have really left an impression on me, but they wouldn't work for a freestyle skating program.

I finally found two pieces of music that I loved and sent them to Coach B for her opinion. She agreed with one of them, so I bought the music and cut it. Every time I hear it, my heart aches. That's a good feeling because it will help me interpret the music better.

Now comes the difficult part - choreographing a 2 minute and 40 second program and memorizing it in the next few weeks. I hope I can keep most of the structure from my old program and simply make a few tweaks here and there to fit the music.

I hope I can do it. But hey, at least I have 8 weeks. The first time I took my Gold freestyle test, we re-did half of my program the week before the test. So this is nothing, right? Sigh...

P.S. I am going to keep my music a secret until I can share a video of my program with you. I know, I am so mean!

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