What Is It?
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 Artistic 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.
How does STARSkate Work?
The STARSkate program consists of figure
skating skills in four areas – Skating Skills,
Ice Dance, Free Skate and Artistic. Each
area is divided into the following levels:
Junior Level Tests
The STARSkate Legacy
STARSkate has been the mainstay of
figure skating in Canada for more than four
When you/your child registers for a
STARSkate program at your local Skate
Canada club, you also become a member
of Skate Canada and will have access to:
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.
There are eleven Skating Skills tests in the
STARSkate program from STAR 1-GOLD
Free skating consists of the execution of
jumps, spins, footwork, field movements
and stroking, either in isolation or
performed in sequence to music.
There are eleven Free Skate tests in the
STAR 1 is an Elements Test and STAR 2-
GOLD Tests consists of 2 parts - Elements
in Isolation and a Free Program.
Ice Dance consists of twelve levels of
tests, the Dance Test program teaches
timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation,
structure as well as basic skating skills
such as edges, 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. In addition to the traditional
compulsory dances, there are also Creative
Dances to challenge skaters' creativity,
artistry and originality.
At the Quesnel Figure Skating Club,
skaters participate in dance until STAR 5.
The objective of the Artistic 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
The Artistic tests consist of skating to and
interpreting a piece of music and there are
4 Tests in total from STAR 5-Gold.