Figure Skating


Effective September 1, 2017, RPFSC implemented Skate Canada’s new STAR Figure Skating Program. The STAR Figure Skating Program replaces the StarSkate program.

Why is there a new Skate Canada STAR Figure Skating Program?

In 2010, Skate Canada developed a Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model. Since then, Skate Canada has been implementing the philosophies and guidelines of the LTAD into its programming. CanSkate was redeveloped a few years ago; National Coaching Certification levels are being reviewed; and now the development of the new STAR program which encompasses competition categories and test levels.

Click here to read more about Skate Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD)

What is the new STAR Program? 

The Skate Canada STAR program will introduce skaters to the sport of figure skating and its disciplines of Freeskate, Skills and Dance. The program has a solid development pathway for skaters who are entering a figure skating program. It was designed to assist the skater’s development in a progressive manner and to allow skaters to move through the STAR program at their own pace per discipline.

The Skate Canada STAR Program consists of all Skate Canada STAR assessments and tests, as well as STAR competition categories and supplementary events. STAR skaters will be taking assessments and tests and will be encouraged to compete beginning in the STAR 1 category.

What is the difference between Freeskate, Skills and Dance? 

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Free Skateconsists of the execution of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed in sequence to music.

Skills – consists of a combination of fundamental skating movements, executed on a pattern and skated solo; the objective is to master the basic fundamentals of skating – edge quality, control, power and speed.

Ice Dance – consists of traditional compulsory dances to learn timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison

When does a skater move to Figure Skating? 

Skaters are recommended by the Coach to advance from CanSkate to PreSTAR where they will be introduced to stroking and freeskate and dance elements.

IMG_6657-64_Big_PrintHow do Riley Park Figure Skaters progress?

After PreSTAR, our skaters are grouped as follows. These groupings are aligned with with Skate Canada’s STAR assessment and tests levels.

  • STAR 1
  • STAR 2
  • STAR 3
  • STAR 4
  • STAR 5 and up

Skaters will be informed by the coach when they are ready to advance from one test level to another.

What are the different assessment and test levels?

For a detailed overview of assessment and test levels, go to Skate Canada’s Star Overview and Assessments.

anna and marygeo jumpHow are lessons structured in the new STAR Program?  

All lessons are comprised of:

  • 15 minute – Off Ice warm up
  • 45 minute or 60 minute on ice session** depending on level
  • 15 minute or 30 minute Off Ice cool down

For PreSTAR, STAR 1, 2, 3 and 4, on ice will include individual practice time, small groups and 1-on-1 work with a coach and include elements of Free Skate, Skills and Dance

For STAR 5 and up, skaters engage our Club Coaches for private lessons. Small group lessons may be conducted as needed. These skaters sign up for sessions where the ice time fees are paid to the Club and private lesson fees are paid to the Coach.

What is an “Off Ice” Session?

Off Ice sessions (or dryland training) are intended to help our skaters improve on ice performance and to reduce injury risk. They are led by our Coaches and cover the basics of warm-up, cool-down, stretching, & strengthening as well as balance and technique for jumps and spins, and creative expression. Athletic shoes (runners) and appropriate active wear clothing are required for an Off Ice Session.

Which STAR Category does my skater register in?

In the new STAR program, skaters move through the STAR program at their own pace per discipline. For example, a skater may be working on STAR 3 Skills, STAR 1 Dance and STAR 2 Freeskate. Therefore, our Head Coach must be consulted to determine the most suitable category for the skater.

Contact us at to determine if an on-ice assessment with the Head Coach will be required. If needed, you will be able to arrange a time to come in for a skating assessment. The group assignment of a skater will be at the discretion of the Coach.

If you have any questions, please email