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Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is 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. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system and compete in STAR 1-5 competitions. For more information, visit Skate Canada Website. 

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:

Primary Level Tests (STAR 1 – 5)
Assessment: Skating skills, Free skating and Dance Tests are assessed by the skater’s coach. Interpretive Test is evaluated by a Skate Canada evaluator on Test Day.

Intermediate Level Tests (STAR 6 – 9)
Assessment: STAR 6 Skating skills maybe assessed by the skater’s coach. All other tests are evaluated by a Skate Canada evaluator on Test Day.

Senior Level Tests (STAR 8 – 10 & Gold)
Assessment: All tests at this level are evaluated by a Skate Canada evaluator on Test Day.

4 Disciplines of Figure Skating

Skating Skills
Skating Skills are a combination of fundamental skating movements, executed on a pattern and skated solo. The objective of the Skating Skills program is mastery of the basic fundamentals of skating – edge quality, control, power and speed.

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

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.