Do you want to know a secret? The only reason I want to do recognized dressage shows is because I LOVE the dressage musical freestyles. Floor was always my favorite exercise as a gymnast and this is kind of the same thing. It’s not that I don’t enjoy dressage just for the sake of it, I do (or I do when we get to work on fun things and not just sit on the circle asking for forward and bend all the time). It’s just that I like dressage set to music more. In fact, I like it so much that during slow times at work I like to listen to music and imagine awesome freestyles.
Here are my top 5 music selections for a dressage freestyle test:
1. The music from Disney’s Frozen. So much good rhythm in these songs. Can you imagine doing some awesome canter work to “In Summer”? Or trotting along with the bridge in “Let it Go”? All the crescendos in that song would lend itself to some awesome extended work as well.
2. A Backstreet Boys and *Nsync mash up. Don’t laugh. You know it would be legendary.
3. The boy thinks I’m crazy but I could totally see Dandy doing a rocking freestyle to the Fray’s version of “Mahna Mahna” from The Muppets. It would have to be mixed with something of course but I think it fits his personality perfectly.
4. The Game of Thrones soundtrack. Don’t even get me started. Epic. This would also be the easiest to arrange because it’s already instrumental and I wouldn’t have to find a version without words.
5. But my all-time wish is to do a freestyle to a mixture of The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and some third as of yet undetermined Beatles song. What could be more awesome than to come down that center line to the opening trumpets of “All You Need is Love”?