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 are a combination of fundamental skating movements, executed on a pattern and skated solo to standard music (optional). The objective of the Skating Skills program is mastery of the basic fundamentals of skating - edge quality, control, power and speed. There are three required exercises in each of the skills levels.
There are 6 Skating Skills tests in the STARSkate program:
Consisting of seven levels of tests, the Dance Test program teaches timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation, as well as basic skating skills such as edges, turns, 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. The Dance Tests are as follows:
Free skating consists of the execution of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed in a solo to music. There are six Free Skating tests in the STARSkate Program:
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.
The Interpretive tests consist of skating to and interpreting a piece of music 2.0 to 3.0 minutes (+/- 10 seconds) in length. Skaters can take Interpretive tests) at four levels:
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.
See our competition page for more information on the new Star 1-5 competitive opportunities!
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: