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STARSkate stands for Skills, Tests, Achievement and Recognition.

Once a skater has completed Level 6 of the CanSkate program, the skater can consider STARSkate. The STARSkate program offers opportunities for skaters 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 and includes specifically designed awards and incentives.

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 and stickers
  • 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.

For more information on the STARSkate program, please see Skate Canada’s website.


Do I need a coach in order to register for the STARSkate program?

In order to register for STAR or SeniorSTAR sessions, skaters will need to find a coach for private, semi-private and group lessons. As a parent, you will want to consider a number of things when making this decision.

You will need to know your child, and the kind of learning style they have, as well as the kind of personality in a coach that will most enhance their learning. The only way to find this out is to have a friendly conversation with potential coaches to discuss your child and your expectations. You will also want to discuss lesson rates and come to an agreement as to how many lessons you require.

To see more information on our coaches, please visit the “Coaches” section of our site here.

Register for available programs