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STAR 1-5 Content & Training

 

The following has been compiled to give coaches some resources and rationale for skill placement and training strategies in each discipline. Please note that all skills regardless of discipline can be trained on any session. It is not mandatory to segregate disciplines into different sessions. For easy training accessibility, it is recommended to allow skaters to train all areas of the STAR 1-5 program on the same session.

 

DANCE

 

STAR 1 DANCE – Elements, is designed to be acquired within 6- 12 months of achieving skills in Stage 6 of CanSkate. This is a longer timeline than SKILLS or FREESKATE. The rationale for this is due to the intricacy needed to perform dance steps properly. Skaters will need time developing basic figure skating skills before having the coordination necessary to perform dance steps with good quality.  The success of this goal will largely depend on the quality of skills taught in Stage 5 & 6 as well as the program delivery and frequency in the club’s STAR 1-2 program.

STAR 1 Dance introduces the skaters to all of the dance steps required to be performed in the pattern dances at STAR 2 & 3.

 

NOTE: There is no mandatory criteria required for assessment at STAR 1 as it is “developmental”. As the entry level, skaters will be encouraged to achieve proper technique. The allowance of “no mandatory criteria” has been identified as skaters will repeat all of these skills in subsequent levels, therefore continuing their development. Coaches are encouraged to include these skills in every day routines, for example: Edge & Turn classes, Warm Up routines, or review before skating the pattern dances, etc. Reaching the GOLD standard of performance whenever possible, is the goal of the STAR 1-5 program.

 

STAR 2 DANCE consists of 2 pattern dances that can be assessed in any order.

NOTE: For every skill, one criteria has been identified as “mandatory”. Coaches need to be familiar with this mandatory criterion as it is necessary to be achieved to reach an overall passing rating for each skill. Be mindful that not all skills need to achieve this rating to pass the entire assessment.

 

 

STAR 3 DANCE consists of one pattern dance and a series of elements containing the new dance steps found in the next set of pattern dances.

 

STAR 4 DANCE consists of 2 pattern dances that can be assessed in any order.

NOTE: For every skill, one criteria has been identified as “mandatory”. Coaches need to be familiar with this mandatory criterion as it is necessary to be achieved to reach an overall passing rating for each skill. Be mindful that not all skills need to achieve this rating to pass the entire assessment.

 

 

STAR 5 DANCE consists of one pattern dance and a series of elements containing the new dance steps found in the next set of pattern dances.

 

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