When the news broke that figure skaters are now allowed to use lyrical music in their competitive routines, we immediately began to imagine all of the amazing Disney songs they could use. Not that we already had full programs planned out and choreographed in our minds, but needless to say we were ready to head to the nearest ice rink and ask if anyone wanted help putting together a solid, memorable routine. So as we did with gymnastics floor routines, here are 10 Disney songs figure skaters should use for their routines:
- “Circle of Life” – The Lion King
Let’s start with a bang, and by “bang” we mean the iconic song from the opening scene of The Lion King. Besides the obvious nostalgia factor to get the crowd going, we love the pace changes throughout, which include a strong start, softer instrumental, and then an explosive finale. It’s the perfect choice for someone who wants their free skate to convey emotion and grandeur.
- “Reflection” – Mulan
Passionate, heartfelt, and simply gorgeous, “Reflection” is poetic, and thus probably best used in a free skate, which is the longer of the two skating routines in most figure skating competitions. We think this song would work really well with a heavily artistic routine because of the slower tempo and emotional context.
- “Zero to Hero” – Hercules
If you want to leave an impression on the judges, look no further than this fun, upbeat number from one of our favorite ‘90s Disney films, Hercules. With its fast tempo, amusing lyrics, and perfect length, “Zero to Hero” has “short program” written all over it. Excuse us while we daydream of Adam Rippon executing the heck out of a series of technical jumps to this song.
- “Let It Go” – Frozen
Were you afraid we were going leave out the most fitting Disney song to perform a figure skating routine to? Besides the obvious ice and winter connection, “Let It Go” is just a really great ballad that is sure to capture the attention of audience members and judges alike. Who wouldn’t be moved by a song that exhibits a wide range of emotions, such as poignant solitude, sassiness, and powerful confidence?
- “Just Around the Riverbend” – Pocahontas
The obvious choice might be “Colors of the Wind,” but there’s something about “Just Around the Riverbend” that fits better, namely the tempo (you need something exciting to emphasize those incredible jumps) and the inspirational message. We can totally see Mirai Nagasu execute a triple axel right when Pocahontas sings, “I look once more just around the riverbend!”
- “Out There” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
“Out There” is a special kind of song because it consists of two songs, “Stay In Here,” sung by Claude Frollo and Quasimodo, and “Out There,” sung solely by Quasimodo. We think a short program would do best by starting when Quasimodo sings “Safe behind these windows and these parapets of stone” because that’s when the music really starts to build. For the longer free skate, we would leave in the “Stay In Here” section for a well-rounded routine with contrast and moving instrumental transitions. Phew, that was a lot, but as you can probably tell, figure skating is very important to us.
- “A Whole New World” – Aladdin
Do we really need to explain why this is the PERFECT pairs/ice dancing song to perform a routine to? It’s a duet, which plays into the whole pairs thing, and it’s sentimental while not being overly sappy.
- “I 2 I” – A Goofy Movie
Now this is the kind of song that has the potential to really get the crowd excited. We imagine a routine with fun hand gestures at the beginning (gotta get those artistic points), and then maybe a triple loop-triple lutz combination at the chorus, followed by some really fast spins.
- “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast” – Beauty and the Beast
“Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast” are very different songs, but through the magic of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, they ultimately work well together. The more lively of the two, “Be Our Guest,” is the perfect Disney song to start off a figure skating routine. It’ll get the crowd up on their feet and clapping along to the bouncy beat. We’d then suggest transitioning to “Beauty and the Beast,” as this song will bring the emotion needed to win the judges over. Also, it’s a great musical choice to accompany an arabesque spiral, which is when the figure skater glides on one leg while lifting the other leg high in the air. Again, we are obsessed with figure skating.
- A Newsies Medley
Okay, we’ve thought a lot about this and here is how we’d put it together:
Obviously, you’ve gotta start with the opening of “Seize the Day.” The performance would be subtle at first, but once the tempo starts to pick up, that’s when we’d throw in a fun step sequence involving the toe pick, which would resemble the newsboys when they perform their jig. From there, “King of New York” would be another upbeat song to use for some spirals and jumps, before concluding with “Santa Fe,” of course.
Which Disney songs would you choose to skate to? Let us know in the comments.