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 and includes 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. There are also many opportunities for STARSkate Program skaters to participate in local competitions.
(All information courtesy of Skate Canada – www.skatecanada.ca)
DSC STARSkate Program
The STARSkate program is the next step after the Junior Development Program. Skaters are taught the fundamentals of figure skating through on-ice private and group lessons and move along at their own pace working with a coach of their choice. They also take off-ice classes such as ballet, flexibility and dryland training, to complement their on-ice development.
How STARSkate Works
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:
- Skating Skills: Preliminary, Junior Bronze
- Free Skating: Preliminary, Junior Bronze
- Dance: Preliminary, Junior Bronze
- Interpretive: Introductory
Intermediate Level Tests
- Skating Skills: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver
- Free Skating: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver
- Dance: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver
- Interpretive: Bronze
Senior Level Tests
- Skating Skills: Senior Silver, Gold
- Free Skating: Senior Silver, Gold
- Dance: Senior Silver, Gold, Diamond
- Interpretive: Silver, Gold
STARSkate Program Options
There are many options that a skater can take during and after STARSkate that should be discussed with their coaches. One can take Skate Canada Tests to develop their skills in conjunction with entering STARSkate competitions or the athlete can choose to move into the Skate Canada CompetitiveSkate program. Others options available include; Synchronized Skating, Coaching, Volunteering, Judging or continue inCollegiateSkate (Ontario Universities only) or AdultSkate.
Competitions for STARSkate Athletes
STARSkate participants love to compete! Our feedback indicates that even though a skater may choose not to participate in the Skate Canada CompetitiveSkate Program, they still want the opportunity to test their skill in a competition situation. Skate Canada offers several opportunities to do this.
STARSkate Interclub Competitions
These are events involving a number of clubs in the same region or area. The competition categories offered generally fall in line with the applicable Skate Canada Section specifications, so that all Inter-clubs within the Section are standardized (this allows Skate Canada Sections to offer a Section Final).
These are events coordinated by a Section or Club(s) and offered, generally, to STARSkaters and competitive. Most events fall within Skate Canada’s specifications regarding program length and eligibility to compete. For more information consult the BC Yukon Section (www.skatinginbc.com)