Skills, Test, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about!

STARSkate 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, this 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.

The STARSkate program has been around for more than forty years.  When you choose to register your child in the STARSkate program, your child will them become a member of Skate Canada and will have access to:

  • opportunities to be recognized through a nationally standardized testing system for achieving specific figure skating skills
  • complimentary Gold Test pins
  • invitational and interclub competitions, including the STARSkate championship stream
  • specifically designed awards and incentives such as badges and stickers
  • STARSkate Skater of the Year awards program
  • Progress updates and report cards
  • Special STARSkate events and club functions

Opportunity for personal growth and the development of important life skills such as goal-setting, self-discipline, confidence, time management, healthy lifestyle and coping strategies to deal with success and failure.

Levels of STARSkate

TBFSC offers STARSkate levels STAR 1 to Gold.

Each level consists of figure skating skills in four areas – Skating Skills, Ice Dance, Free Skate and Interpretive.  Each area is divided into the following levels:

Star 1 - 5 (formerly Junior Level Tests)

  • Skating Skills: Preliminary, Junior Bronze
  • Free Skating: Preliminary, Junior Bronze
  • Dance: Preliminary, Junior Bronze
  • Interpretive: Introductory

Star 6 - 9 (formerly Intermediate Level Tests)

  • Skating Skills: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver
  • Free Skating: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver
  • Dance: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver
  • Interpretive: Bronze

Star 10 - Diamond (formerly Senior Level Tests)

  • Skating Skills: Senior Silver, Gold
  • Free Skating: Senior Silver, Gold
  • Dance: Senior Silver, Gold, Diamond
  • Interpretive: Silver, Gold

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 six Skating Skills tests in the STARSkate program:

  • Star 1-3 (formerly Preliminary)
  • Star 4-5 (formerly Junior Bronze)
  • Star 6-7 (formerly Senior Bronze)
  • Star 8-9 (formerly Junior Silver)
  • Star 10  (formerly Senior Silver)
  • Gold 

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:

  • Star 1-3 (formerly Preliminary)
  • Star 4-5 (formerly Junior Bronze)
  • Star 6-7 (formerly Senior Bronze)
  • Star 8-9 (formerly Junior Silver)
  • Star 10  (formerly Senior Silver)
  • Gold
  • Diamond

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:

  • Star 1-3 (formerly Preliminary)
  • Star 4-5 (formerly Junior Bronze)
  • Star 6-7 (formerly Senior Bronze)
  • Star 8-9 (formerly Junior Silver)
  • Star 10  (formerly Senior Silver)
  • Gold

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


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 may take Interpretive tests as individuals and/or as a couple (male/female, female/female or male/male) at four levels:

  • Introductory
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold


Competitions offer skaters the opportunity to show the skills they have learned and the opportunity to show their finest skating outfits! 

Locally, skaters may choose to participate in our own competitions Skate Thunder Bay or Thunder Bay Open, Interclub held usually in Schreiber, Terrace Bay or Marathon, the Northland Figure Skating Competition in Duluth and Festival of Stars in Sault Ste Marie. 

Competing in the Festival of Stars may qualify a skater to then compete in The Trillium STARSkater Provincial Championship.  This event is coordinated by a Section or Club and offered to STARSkaters.  Most events fall within Skate Canada’s specifications regarding program length and eligibility to compete.