Mailing Address:  Bradford District Skating Club

                             P.O. Box 1594

                             Bradford, ON  L3Z 1B8

email:  skateBDSC@gmail.com

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How STARSkate works

The STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in four areas – Skating Skills, Ice Dance, Free Skate and Interpretive. Each area is divided into the following levels:

 

Primary (Junior program in the TSC) level Tests

Skating Skills: Preliminary, Junior Bronze

Free Skating: Preliminary, Junior Bronze

Dance: Preliminary, Junior Bronze

Interpretive: Introductory

Intermediate Level Tests

Skating Skills: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver

Free Skating: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver

Dance: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver

Interpretive: Bronze

Senior Level Tests

Skating Skills: Senior Silver, Gold

Free Skating: Senior Silver, Gold

Dance: Senior Silver, Gold, Diamond

Interpretive: Silver, Gold

What Options do I have as a STARSkate Athlete?


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 CompetitiveSkate 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 6 Skating Skills tests in the STARSkate program:

  • Preliminary

  •  Junior Bronze

  •  Senior Bronze

  • Junior Silver

  • Senior Silver

  • Gold

Ice Dance

 

Consisting of seven 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.

The Dance Tests are as follows:

  • Preliminary

  • Junior Bronze

  • Senior Bronze

  • Junior Silver

  • Senior Silver

  • Gold

  • Diamond

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 six Free Skating tests in the STARSkate Program:

  • Preliminary

  • Junior Bronze

  • Senior Bronze

  • Junior Silver

  • Senior Silver

  • Gold

Each test consists of 2 parts - Elements in Isolation and a Free Program.

 

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.

The Interpretive tests consist of skating to and interpreting a piece of music 2.0 to 3.0 minutes (+/- 10 seconds) in length. Skaters can take Interpretive tests as individuals and/or as a couple (male/female, female/female or male/male) at four levels:

  • Introductory

  • Bronze

  • Silver

  • Gold