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All CanSkaters are required to wear CSA approved helmets. Face shields or cages are highly recommended for skaters aged 5 and under.
Skates and helmets are NOT available for rent during lessons. Skaters must bring their own.
Our Junior Academy program is the bridge that allows for a smooth transition from CanSkate to Skate Canada’s STAR program, and provides our skaters with the opportunity to be recognized through a nationally standardized assessment system for achieving specific figure skating skills in the areas of Skills, Freeskate, and Ice Dance.
Our STAR programs- Bronze, Silver, and Gold offer opportunities for skaters of all ages to further develop figure skating skills in the areas of Skills, Freeskate, Ice Dance, and Artistic. The programs are targeting athletes looking for a future in the sport and introduce skaters to more advanced figure skating elements. Skaters work toward achieving their skating goals through STAR assessments and participation in figure skating competitions.
Off Ice Training has become a crucial part of skating development.
Ballet, Stretch and Conditioning
(Bronze – Gold) Hayley, our ballet instructor, will work with the skaters every week in order to strengthen their resistance and flexibility while maintaining safe and controlled postures through ballet and stretching; she will also work in rhythm and coordination which are very important for figure skating. Any skater hoping to stay injury free and perform beautifully on the ice needs to set their foundation of ballet training at a very young age.
Dryland Jumping and Spinning
(Bronze – Gold) A mixture of rotational exercises, positioning work and skating specific movement patterns. Dryland jumping and spinning is a key off ice class for any skater in order to be technically efficient on the ice.
Synchronized skating, or “Synchro” is a specialized discipline of skating involving groups of eight or more skaters performing various group formations. The objective is for the team to perform as one unit, while demonstrating quality edges, power and flow.
Participants must be taking private lessons twice a week or be part of Jr. Academy to be able to participate in Synchro.
Annual evaluations are held for team placement.
Off Ice Training sessions are included.
Attire that will not be accepted: sweatpants, hoodies, hats, jeans.
If you skater is not wearing appropriate attire they will be asked to remove it (e.g Hoodie).
These attire options are set in place for safety and for training purposes.
Taught by professional coaches certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), our programs are held in a fun, safe and friendly environment that allows for unrestricted movement and rapid development.