Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about!
Once a skater has passed at least one Star 1 test (and with coach approval), they are eligible to move to our Intermediate Starskate session. The Intermediate STARSkate program continues the development of more advanced figure skating skills with a combination of private lessons along with some group lessons. In the absence of a formal lesson, skaters are expected to practice independently and safely. Skaters will participate in private coach assessed tests at the Star 1-5 level in the areas of Skills, Dance, Freeskate and Artistic. Once a skater reaches Star 6 level, they will participate in one of our club test days (at the discretion of their coach), for assessment by a Skate Canada evaluator. Please note additional test fees apply and are not included in program fees or lesson fees.
Our Intermediate sessions are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. Friday session is combined with the Senior session. A minimum of 2 skating days per week is recommended at this level (3 is preferred). Please consult the website for exact schedule times and program fees.
Private coaching is required at this level. Please contact your coach of choice DIRECTLY to inquire about their availability and rates. Coach contact information can be found on the website under Club Info/Coaches tab. Please do not contact the club office for private coach availability.
What is STARSkate?
Skate Canada's STARSkate program offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills of Skating Skills, Ice Dance, Free Skate and Artistic skating. Unique in Canada, this program figure skating skills in private and group lesson formats in a progressive manner. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada tests through a nationally standardized testing system. Skaters may also opt to pursue Starskate level competitions, under the direction of their coach.
How does STARskate work?
The STARskate program consists of figure skating skills in four areas:
- SKATING SKILLS - Mastery of the basic fundamentals of skating using edges, turns, steps, edge quality, control, power and speed
- ICE DANCE - Teaches timing, musicality, rhythm, interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, and control
- FREE SKATE - Consists of the execution of jumps, spins, step sequences, field movements, stroking and program development
- ARTISTIC - Development of a skater's creativity, expression, musicality, interpretation and skating skills
These four areas are divided into the following levels:
- Skating Skills: Star 1-5, Star 6-Gold
- Ice Dance: Star 1-5, Star 6-Gold, Diamond
- Free Skate: Star 1-5, Star 6-Gold
- Artistic: Star 5,7,9,Gold
Proper Skating Attire
Skating appropriate warm, layered garments with stretch. No jeans, or other restrictive clothing (street wear) allowed on the ice. All long hair should be tied back. No gum on the ice.
Please note that no fathers/adult males/male siblings are allowed in the Intermediate girls dressing room due to the range of ages in this group and our need to guarantee their privacy when changing. A family dress room is available if needed.
What is the Skate Canada fee?