STARSkate sessions are offered to skaters Star 1 to Gold. Every session includes Engaged Supervised practices where practice is overseen by a dedicated coach (see schedule for description and ESP FAQs for more information). STARSkaters will receive a combination of private, semi private, and group lessons along with off ice training.
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. This program teaches figure skating skills in group and private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada tests through a nationally standardized testing system.
Figure 8 Skating Club has divided our sessions based on these levels:
Level D: Star 1 and 2 Freeskate
Level C: Passed Star 3 Freeskate
Level B: Passed Star 4 Freeskate (or Star 3 Freeskate + 13 years old and over)
Level A: Passed Star 5+ (or Star 4 Freeskate + 15 years old and over)
If you have any questions regarding how to register your skater, please contact the Skating Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
How does STARSkate work?
Skaters will progress through the STARSkate levels by taking Skate Canada tests. Skaters may also choose to enter competitions. Other skaters may feel that they have progressed to a point where they may wish to enter the Skate Canada CompetitiveSkate Program.
The STARSkate program consists of four areas: Skills, Dance, Freeskate and Artistic.
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.
The Dance program teaches timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison.
Freeskate consists of the execution of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed in sequence to music.
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 skills in a competition situation.
Volunteer Credits and Casino
Figure 8 Skating Club is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The success of the Club depends on the volunteer contributions of its members. Parents of IFS skaters and STARSkaters are required to commit to 10 credits of volunteer time as well as work a casino shift (held October 12 & 13, 2019). Alternatively, a volunteer buy out fee in the amount of $300 can be made to the Club in lieu of volunteering. If the volunteer commitment and/or the casino shift is not performed, the Club reserves the right to process the volunteer buyout fee at the end of the season. Volunteer positions are selected during online registration and casino shifts are selected here. Positions and casino shifts will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Drop in fees
If a skater would like to skate additional days, it is permitted to drop in. The fees are $15 for members of Figure 8 Skating Club and $20 for non-members. Please pay drop fees online prior to going on the ice.