Pickering StarSkate Program

Instructions: Please download, print and submit registration forms to SCPSC by Emailing Our Office or dropping off at our office at the Pickering Recreation Centre, Delaney Rink. Alternatively, forms can be mailed Attention SCPSC, P.O Box 215, Pickering, Ontario, L1V 2R4.

Prerequisites: Skaters wanting to enter the STARSkate stream are required to have:

  1. Successfully passed CanSkate stage 6
  2. Partnered with a Pickering Skating Club Coach

About Our Figure Skating Program

By joining Pickering Skating Club, you become a member of Canada’s premier figure skating organization, alongside Skate Canada members Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Olympic and World ice dance champions and Patrick Chan, Olympic medalist and World men’s figure skating champion.

Pickering Skating Club’s STARSkate program has been the mainstay of figure skating in Canada for more than four decades and offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive skating. Unique in Canada, our Pickering skating Club 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. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. Skaters who have mastered figure skating skills in STARSkate may also choose to pursue synchronized skating or pairs skating.

Founded in 1972, Durham regions Pickering Skating Club is the only skating organization in Pickering that is sanctioned by Skate Canada. All coaches are certified by Skate Canada through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), have completed First Aid training and police clearance checks.

What Benefits do Pickering StarSkaters receive?

When you or your child register with Pickering Skating Club, you also become a member of Skate Canada and receive the following benefits:

  • Automatically associated with Skate Canada and its outstanding international reputation.
  • Invitational and inter-club competitions, including the StarSkate championship stream.
  • StarSkate Skater of the Year awards program.
  • Progress updates and report cards.
  • Special StarSkate events and club functions.
  • Opportunity to be talent-scouted.
  • Participation in the Member Accident insurance program at a reduced rate.
  • Access to Skate Canada Programs and program incentive materials.
  • Opportunity to purchase selected Skate Canada event tickets prior to the general public and/or at
    discounted members prices.
  • Membership discounts/prices including, but not limited to, special pricing on merchandise from Skate Canada’s on-line store (, year round 20% discount on Bloomex orders ( and corporate discount on Pickering Recreation Centre Memberships (
How does StarSkate work?

The Pickering Skating Club 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 Level Tests

  1. Skating Skills: Preliminary, Junior Bronze
  2. Free Skating: Preliminary, Junior Bronze
  3. Dance: Preliminary, Junior Bronze
  4. Interpretive: Introductory

Intermediate Level Tests

  1. Skating Skills: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver
  2. Free Skating: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver
  3. Dance: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver
  4. Interpretive: Bronze

Senior Level Tests

  1. Skating Skills: Senior Silver, Gold
  2. Free Skating: Senior Silver, Gold
  3. Dance: Senior Silver, Gold, Diamond
  4. Interpretive: Silver, Gold
What Options do I have as a Pickering Skating Club 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.

What are 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:

  1. Preliminary
  2. Junior Bronze
  3. Senior Bronze
  4. Junior Silver
  5. Senior Silver
  6. Gold
What is 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:

  1. Preliminary
  2. Junior Bronze
  3. Senior Bronze
  4. Junior Silver
  5. Senior Silver
  6. Gold
  7. Diamond
What is 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:

  1. Preliminary
  2. Junior Bronze
  3. Senior Bronze
  4. Junior Silver
  5. Senior Silver
  6. Gold

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

What is 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:

  1. Introductory
  2. Bronze
  3. Silver
  4. Gold
What are Competitions for StarSkate Athletes?

StarSkate participants love to compete! Our feedback indicates that even though a skater may choose not to participate in the Skate Canada CompetitiveSkate Program, they still want the opportunity to test their skill in a competition situation. Skate Canada offers several opportunities to do this.

What are Club competitions?

Clubs offer competitions for their own members to compete against each other. The club determines the categories which generally follow Skate Canada StarSkate guidelines (e.g. length of program, category name, type of event offered, etc.) The club may also offer other creative events such as longest shoot-the-duck, similar pairs, spins and jumps, etc.)

What are StarSkate Interclub Competitions?

Interclub competitions are events involving a number of clubs in the same region or area. The competition categories offered generally fall in line with the applicable Skate Canada Section specifications, so that all Interclubs within the Section are standardized (this allows Skate Canada Sections to offer a Section Final). The StarSkate Championship program provides opportunities for skaters who want to remain in the StarSkate program but also want to have the challenge of competing up to a Sectional level in a credible, nationally standardized event.

What are Invitational competitions?

These are events coordinated by a Section or Club(s) and offered, generally, to StarSkaters and competitive skaters. Most events fall within Skate Canada’s specifications regarding program length and eligibility to compete. For more information contact the hosting Section or club.