STARSkate

What is STARSkate all about?

STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive skating. Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner, including specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. Skaters who have mastered figure skating skills in STARSkate may also choose to pursue synchronized skating or pairs skating. The STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in four areas. Each area is divided into the following levels:

 

Junior STARSkate

    • Skating Skills: Preliminary
    • Free Skating: Preliminary
    • Dance: Preliminary
    • Interpretive: Introductory
 

Intermediate STARSkate

    • Skating Skills: Junior Bronze, Senior Bronze
    • Free Skating: Junior Bronze, Senior Bronze
    • Dance: Junior Bronze, Senior Bronze
    • Interpretive: Bronze
 

Senior STARSkate

  • Skating Skills: Junior Silver, Senior Silver, Gold
  • Free Skating: Junior Silver, Senior Silver, Gold
  • Dance: Junior Silver, Senior Silver, Gold, Diamond
  • Interpretive: Silver, Bronze


STARSkate Athletes

The STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in four areas – Skating Skills, Ice Dance, Free Skate and Interpretive.

Once a skater is in the Skate Canada STARSkate Program, there are several of options. Skaters may choose to remain in the STARSkate Program, taking tests (although not mandatory) at organized test sessions and honing learned skills. Skaters may also choose to enter competitions, while still trying Skate Canada tests. Other skaters may feel that they have progressed to a point where they may wish to enter the Skate Canada CompetitiveSkate Program or become involved in synchronized skating, evaluating or judging, or participate as an adult or varsity member.

Skating Skills

Skating skills are a combination of fundamental skating movements, executed on a pattern and skated solo. The basic components of all disciplines of figure skating are incorporated into the program. The movements are derived from former compulsory figures, free skating and ice dancing. The objective of the Skating Skills program is mastery of the basic fundamentals of skating – edge quality, control, power and speed. There are 6 Skating Skills tests in the STARSkate program:

  • Preliminary
  • Jr. Bronze
  • Sr. Bronze
  • Jr. Silver
  • Sr. Silver
  • Gold
Ice Dance

Consisting of seven levels of tests, the Dance Test program teaches timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison. The dances in the STARSkate Program can be tried in any order but a candidate must pass the required number of dances in a dance test before proceeding to the next level. In addition to the traditional compulsory dances, there are also Creative Dances to challenge skaters’ creativity, artistry and originality. The Dance Tests are as follows:

  • Preliminary
  • Jr. Bronze
  • Sr. Bronze
  • Jr. Silver
  • Sr. Silver
  • Gold
  • Diamond
Freeskate

Free skating consists of the execution of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed in sequence to music. There are six Free Skating tests in the STARSkate Program and each test consists of two parts, elements in isolation and a free program.

  • Preliminary
  • Jr. Bronze
  • Sr. Bronze
  • Jr. Silver
  • Sr. Silver
  • Gold
Interpretive

The objective of the Interpretive program is to encourage and develop skaters’ creativity, expression, musicality, movement, interpretation of music, as well as the use of space, rhythm, line and style. The program provides skaters with the opportunity to explore the performance aspect of skating without focusing on technical elements.
Skaters can take Interpretive tests as individuals and/or as a couple at four levels:

  • Introductory
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold




Fitness and Flexibility

Off ice training including stretches and strength training, endurance and flexibility. This program is highly recommended for any skaters in Intermediate and Senior STARSkate as well as our CompetitiveSkate programs.