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This program is designed for skaters who have progressed through the Canskate program and want to continue as a figure skater.
The Skate Canada STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in four areas: Dance, Skills, Free Skate and Interpretive. Each of these disciplines have multiple levels and skaters progress to the next level by participating in test days. STAR 1 to 5 is coach evaluated and more advanced levels are tested at centralized Skate Canada testing days and judged by an evaluator. Testing is arranged by the coaches with their skaters.
Dance test program teaches timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison. Partnering with a another skater is optional and often helpful for timing, unison and power. Partnering opportunities will be arranged with your coaches for an additional fee.
Skills are a combination of fundamental skating movements, executed on a pattern. Skating skills is a mastery of the basic fundamentals of skating - edge quality, control, power and speed.
A Freeskate program consists of execution of jumps, spins, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed to a sequence of music. Freeskate solo routines are often performed at competitions and our annual carnival at the end of the year.
Interpretive programs encourage and develop skaters' creativity, expression, musicality, movement, interpretation of music, as well as the use of space, rhythm, line and style. There is more a focus on skating skills verses the jumps and spin from freeskate. These can also be performed at competitions and carnival.
Coaching fees are not including in program fees for STARSkate and varies based on coaches' certification level and experience. Lessons may be offered as private or semi-private lessons. In order for a skater to learn the skills and dances to move through the STARSkate program, it is very important to open a line of communication with the coaches to discuss a schedule of lessons for your child and explain how their billing will work for lesson time.
Coaching and all lessons must be arranged directly with the coach and not through the Skating office.
Testing & Competitions
Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through the nationally standardized testing system. STAR Skate testing arranged with the Coaches and testing is done by certified coaches or assessors. Test fees are applicable and are set by Skate Canada.
Competitions are optional, but encouraged. They are a great opportunity for skaters to gain confidence and showcase their talents! All competitions arranged between the skater and their coach. Competition fees vary by events. In addition to Competition entry fees, the skater is responsible for Coaching fees and travel expenses. Skaters are required to have a Coach at skating competitions. Competition expenses are variable with distance travelled and number of skaters attending the event. Competition attire is encouraged.STARSkate Levels
Junior: STAR 1-3
Senior: STAR 7-10
- Skaters must have completed the Rising Star program and be ready for Star 1
- Junior Starskate minimum 3 session/wk commitment
- Intermediate and Senior Starskate minimum 4 Sessions/week up to 5 sessions
- Coaching fees are NOT included. Coaching fees varies by coaches' certification level and experience.
- Lessons are semi-private or private with independent practice