What is CanSkate?
CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. It is for beginners of all ages and coached by NCCP-trained coaches and trained program assistants.
A complete series of balance, control and agility skills are taught in six stages of learning that pertain to most sports participated in on the ice. CanSkate uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster.
Badges, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.
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.
The STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in four areas – Skating Skills, Ice Dance, Free Skate and Interpretive.
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.
Ice Dance – The Dance Test program teaches timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison. The first dance a skater will learn is called the Dutch Waltz.
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. Each test consists of 2 parts – Elements in Isolation and a Free Program except for the Star 1 test which is elements only.
Interpretive – 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.
As of September 1, 2017 – Preliminary and Jr. Bronze tests will no longer be available. If a skater has previously passed a Preliminary or higher test they will be granted an equivalency in that discipline into the appropriate STAR level. STAR 1-5 tests will now be coach assessed and evaluated during a skaters’ regular session and lesson. Skaters testing at the Senior Bronze and higher level will continue to test at a formal test day and be evaluated by a Judge.