STARSkate and CompetitiveSkate

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STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and artistic skating. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Assessments through a nationally standardized testing system, as well as attend STARSkate competitions, including the STARSkate Championships. The program includes group sessions as well as private and semi-private lessons with a certified professional skating coach. STARSkate offers participants the opportunity for personal growth and the development of important life skills such as goal setting, self discipline, confidence, time management, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and coping strategies to deal with success and failure.

Program Areas

Skills are a combination of fundamental skating movements, executed on a pattern and skated solo. The objective of the Skating Skills program is mastery of the basic fundamentals of skating – edge quality, control, power and speed.

Dance 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.

Artistic develops the skater’s 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.


CompetitiveSkate is a program for skaters who want to challenge their figure skating skills, and also show potential as a competitive skater. Skaters compete in qualifying events within Skate Canada in the areas of singles, pairs and ice dance. Skaters have the opportunity to be selected to Skate Canada’s provincial and national teams, and to compete at Skate Canada Sectionals, Skate Canada Challenge and/or the National Skating Championships. Skaters also have the opportunity to take Skate Canada assessments through a nationally standardized test system. Competitive skaters learn a variety of life skills as they progress up the competitive ladder. These include goal setting, focus, ability to deal with success/failure, time management, and principles of fair play and sportsmanship.


Lessons 

Skaters in the STARSkate and CompetitiveSkate programs will receive a combination of private, semi-private and group lessons along with off ice training. 


Level Clarification

Figure 8 Skating Club has sessions based on these levels:

Junior: Star 1 – 3 Freeskate

Intermediate: Star 4 – 5 Freeskate and working on Axel                                               

Senior: Passed Star 5+ Freeskate, Pre-Juvenile+

If you have any questions regarding how to register your skater, please contact the Club at info@figure8skating.ca


Volunteering

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 PreSTAR and STARSkate participants, as well as Adult Learn to Figure Skate participants, are required to commit to 12 credits of volunteer time, sign up for a casino shift (to be held January 17-18, 2023), as well as contribute with fundraising. Note that this requirement is by family, not by the number of skaters in each family. Otherwise, a volunteer buy out fee in the amount of $300 can be made to the Club in lieu of fulfilling the volunteer requirement and casino shift. If the volunteer commitment and/or the fundraising requirement 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.

Positions will be available on a first come, first served basis. To see the list of open volunteer positions for this season, click here.


Drop In

Drop in fees are $17 for members of Figure 8 Skating Club and $25 for non-members. To drop in, please notify the Club (email info@figure8skating.ca) in advance. Drop in fees must be paid online prior to going on the ice.


Registration