Junior, Novice, Senior and Advanced
STARSkate = Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition - STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive skating.
Our fully sanctioned StarSkate Figure Skating program provides a seamless move from Level 6 CanSkate into the upper levels of figure skating. Once Canskate Level 6 is completed, skaters can move up to the Junior level which is the entry level in the STARSkate program. We offer a progression through 4 levels where participants will work closely with private coaches as well in small groups to hone their skills, stroking and dances.
In order for a skater to learn the skills and dances to move through the STARSkate program, it is necessary to engage a coach who will provide private lesson time within the program sessions. It is important to choose a coach with whom the skater is comfortable. The hiring of a coach and all private lessons must be arranged directly with the coach and not through the ASC office. A list of our coaches and their contact numbers can be found by clicking the top menu "About Us" then click "Coaches".
STAR 1 to 5 Skate Canada Test and Competitive streams are available within this program. Testing and competitions are arranged between the skater and their coach.
The STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in four areas: Dance, Skills, Free Skate and Interpretive. Each of these have 6 levels: Preliminary, Jr. Bronze, Sr. Bronze, Jr. Silver, Sr. Silver and Gold. Skaters progress to the next level by participating in STAR 1 to 5 and centralized Skate Canada testing through a nationally standardized system judged by a coach and/or evaluator. Testing is arranged by the coaches with their skaters.
- Dance test program teaches timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison.
- Skills are a combination of fundamental skating movements, executed on a pattern and skated solo to prescribed music. Skating skills is a mastery of the basic fundamentals of skating - edge quality, control, power and speed.
- A Freeskate program consists of execution of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed to a sequence of music.
- Interpretive is to encourage and develop skaters' creativity, expression, musicality, movement, interpretation of music, as well as the use of space, rhythm, line and style.
Aurora Skating Club has four sequential levels within our STARskate (Figure Skating) program: Junior, Novice, Senior and Advanced. Each of these levels are broken into four programs: Fall, Winter, Spring and Extended Spring. All of our Figure Skating programs are at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex.
The Junior level is a 2 day a week program which includes a 15 minutes group lesson on each day and group stroking. The prerequisite for this program is that the skater must have passed min. badge level 6. This is the entry level into the STARSkate figure skating program.
The Novice level is a 3 day a week program. No group lessons are offered. Please note: 10 minutes of stroking will be offered on the Monday session from 5:30 to 5:40 and Thursday from 8:25 to 8:35. All Skaters are encouraged to participate as this is key to their endurance training.All lessons are to be arranged with a private coach.
The prerequisite for this program is that the skater must have passed all Jr. Bronze Dances or passed Preliminary Dances and Preliminary Skills.
The Senior level is a 3 day a week program. No group lessons are offered. Please note: 10 minutes of stroking will be offered on the Monday session from 5:30 to 5:40 and Thursday from 8:25 to 8:35. All skaters are encouraged to participate as this is key to their endurance training. All lessons are to be arranged with a coach.
The prerequisite for this program is that the skater has passed Preliminary Freeskate or Sr. Bronze Skills and Sr. Bronze Dances.
The Advanced level is a 3 day a week program. No group lessons are offered. All lessons are to be arranged with a coach. The prerequisite for this program is that the skater has passed the Sr. Bronze Freeskate or Jr. Silver Skills AND Jr. Silver Dances.