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. This program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system with the focus being on testing and local competitions over qualifying for national level events.
Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about!
The STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in four areas – Skating Skills, Ice Dance, Free Skate and Interpretive. Each area is divided into the following levels:
- Skating Skills: STAR 1 - STAR 5 & Senior Bronze - Gold
- Free Skating: STAR 1 - STAR 5 & Senior Bronze - Gold
- Dance: STAR 1 - STAR 5 & Senior Bronze - Gold
- Interpretive: Introductory, Bronze, Silver & Gold
Skating Skills are a combination of fundamental skating movements that include edges, turns, field moves and basic skating. 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.
Ice Dance teaches timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison. In addition to the traditional compulsory dances, there are also Creative Dances to challenge skaters’ creativity, artistry and originality.
Free Skate consists of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed in sequence to music. Each test consists of 2 parts – elements in isolation and a choreographed program (except for STAR 1 which is just elements in isolation).
Interpretive programs 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 like jumps or spins
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Children who want more of a challenge but aren't ready for Intermediate are encouraged to choose the Junior level.
Children in this program will experience a more advanced program than STARSkate. At this level, skaters may choose to compete, test, or skate recreationally.
This program is for advanced skaters. Your coach will tell you when it would be time to move up to this level.