Once a skater has completed the CanSkate program, they can move up to the STARSkate program which offers skaters an opportunity to develop their figure skating skills in four areas :
ICE DANCE SKATING SKILLS FREE SKATE INTERPRETIVE
The Ice Dancing program teaches timing, musicality, rhythm, interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison.
Skating Skills are a combination of fundamental skating movements, executed on a pattern and skated solo with or without prescribed music. The objective of the Skating Skills program is achievement of the basic fundamentals of skating – edge quality, control, power and speed.
Free Skating consists of the execution of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed in sequence to music.
The Interpretive program encourages and develops skaters’ creativity, expression, musicality, movement, interpretation of music, as well as the use of space, rhythm, line and style.
Although not mandatory, skaters in the STARSkate program have the opportunity to participate in Skate Canada’s “Testing Stream” where skaters undertake prescribed tests during organized test sessions, called “Test Days”. At the same time, skaters may also choose to enter external competitions.
Similar to the CanSkate program, the STARSkate program is progressive. Each level incorporates a combination of dances, skills, freeskate and/or interpretive elements.