​​​What is STARSkate?

Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about!

STARSkate has been the mainstay of figure skating in Canada for more than four decades.

STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills. Unique in Canada, 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.

How  does STARSkate work?

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

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.

Free skating consists of the execution of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed in sequence to music.

Ice Dance teaches timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison.

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.