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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
  • Skating Skills: STAR 1-4
  • Free Skating: STAR 1-4
  • Dance: STAR 1-5
Senior Level Tests
  • Skating Skills: STAR 4-Gold
  • Free Skating: STAR 4-Gold
  • Artistic STAR 5-Gold

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:
  • opportunities to be recognized through a nationally standardized testing system for achieving specific figure skating skills
  • complimentary Gold Test pins
  • invitational and interclub competitions, including the STARSkate championship stream
  • specifically designed awards and incentives such as badges, tattoos and stickers
  • STARSkate Skater of the Year awards program
  • Progress updates and report cards
  • Special STARSkate events and club functions
  • Opportunity to be talent-scouted 
  • Opportunity for personal growth
  • and the development of important life skills such as goal-setting, self-discipline, confidence, time
    management, healthy lifestyle and coping strategies to deal with success and failure.‚Äč

Options for STARSkate Athletes

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 Competitive Skate Program or become involved in synchronized skating, evaluating or judging, or participate as an adult or varsity member.

Skating Skills

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 Skate

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
STARSkate Program:
STAR 1 is an Elements Test and STAR 2-
GOLD Tests consists of 2 parts - Elements
in Isolation and a Free Program.
Ice Dance

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
technical elements.
The Artistic tests consist of skating to and
interpreting a piece of music and there are

4 Tests in total from STAR 5-Gold.


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.

Club Competitions
Clubs offer competitions for their own members to compete against each other. The club determines the categories which generally follow Skate Canada STARSkate guidelines (e.g. length of program, category name, type of event offered, etc.) The club may also offer other creative events such as longest shoot-the-duck, similar pairs, spins and jumps, etc.)

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 Interclubs within the Section are standardized (this allows Skate Canada Sections to offer a Section Final). The STARSkate Championship program provides opportunities for skaters who want to remain in the STARSkate program but also want to have the challenge of competing up to a Sectional level in a credible, nationally standardized event.

Invitational Competitions
These are events coordinated by a Section or Club(s) and offered, generally, to STARSkaters and competitive skaters. Most events fall within Skate Canada's specifications regarding program length and eligibility to compete. For more information contact the hosting Section or club.

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