Terms used:

Board

The board of Directors of Skate Canada.

Brackets

A turn executed on one foot from an outside edge to an inside edge or an inside edge to an outside edge, with the exit curve continuing on the same lobe as the entry curve. The skater turns in the direction opposite to the curve.

Camel Spin

A spin in which the skater remains in a spiral position while rotating. The free leg (including the knee and foot) must be held at hip level or higher.

Category

The name for each level of competition within a discipline.  Examples of categories are STAR 1, STAR 2, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Pre-Novice, etc.

Chair

The chair of the Board.

Challenge

A championship that qualifies athletes toward and including, but not limited to, the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

Change of Edge

The visible tracing of a skate on one foot that changes from one curve and edge to another curve and edge.

Choctaws

A turn from one foot to the other in which the curve of the exit edge is in the opposite direction to that of the entry edge. The change of foot is from outside edge to inside edge or inside edge to outside edge. In ice dance, unless otherwise specified in the dance description, the free foot is placed on the ice close to the skating foot. The entry and exit edge are of equal depth.

Club

A not-for-profit organization that is operating for the general purpose of providing Skate Canada skating programs and is managed by a volunteer board of directors.

Combination Spin

A combination spin has different definitions depending on the discipline as follows:

  • Singles: A spin which includes a change of position. A combination spin must include a minimum of two different basic positions with two revolutions in each of these positions anywhere within the spin. To receive full value, a spin combination must include all three basic positions.  
  • Pairs:  A pair spin which consists of at least one change of foot and one change of position of both partners. The pair spin combination must include a minimum of two different basic positions with two revolutions in each of these positions by both partners anywhere within the spin. To receive full value, a spin combination must include all three basic positions by both partners. 
  • Ice Dance: A dance spin which has a change of foot performed simultaneously by both partners.  
  • Synchronized Skating: The spin combination must include a minimum of two different basic positions (sit, camel, upright or any variation thereof) and only one change of foot. The change of foot and the change of position must occur at the same time by all skaters executing the spin. 

Counters

A turn executed on one foot from an outside edge to an outside edge or an inside edge to an inside edge, with the exit curve on a different lobe from the entry curve. The skater turns in the direction opposite to the entry curve (i.e. in the direction of the exit curve).

Cross Roll

A roll started with the action of the free foot approaching the skating foot from the side so as to strike the ice almost at right-angles to the skating foot, started forward with the feet crossed in front or backward with the feet crossed behind. The impetus is gained from the outside edge of the skating foot as it becomes the new skating foot. In this case, the change of lean to the curve in the opposite direction creates a rolling movement.

Days

Total days including weekends and holidays.

Edge

May refer either to part of the skate blade, or the visible tracing of a skate blade on one foot that is on one curve. An edge may be either inside (towards the body) or outside (away from the body), and forward or backward, for a total for four different edges.

Edges

May refer either to part of the skate blade, or the visible tracing of a skate blade on one foot that is on one curve. An edge may be either inside (towards the body) or outside (away from the body), and forward or backward, for a total for four different edges.

Evaluator

An individual sixteen years of age or older who is responsible for evaluating assessments in the STAR 6-Gold structure.  Evaluators are qualified to assess in one or more disciplines.

Evaluators

An individual sixteen years of age or older who is responsible for evaluating assessments in the STAR 6-Gold structure.  Evaluators are qualified to assess in one or more disciplines.

Event

The name given to a group of skaters entered in a category.  There may be one event per category or several events per category depending on the number of total entries.  Each event is independent of the other events within the category. 

Events

The name given to a group of skaters entered in a category.  There may be one event per category or several events per category depending on the number of total entries.  Each event is independent of the other events within the category. 

Fall

Defined as a loss of control by a skater with the result that the majority of his/her own body weight is on the ice being supported by any other part of the body other than the blades. e.g. hand(s), knee(s), back, buttock(s) or any part of the arm.

Features

Technical content that increases the difficulty of an element which may become part of the difficulty group of an element.  Features such as pivoting, traveling, body movements, etc. are determined annually and published in a Skate Canada and ISU Communication.

Flying Spin

Novice and lower and STAR:

  • Spins that enter with a jump and land in a spinning position. The spin may have a change of foot or a change of position or both. 

ISU definitions for Junior and Senior:

  • A spin with a flying entrance with no change of foot or position.  The name of the flying spin corresponds to its landing position. This definition is specific to junior and senior short programs.  

Spin with a flying entrance:

  • This is the ISU definition for all flying spins that are not ‘flying spins’ as defined above.

Good Standing

A person who has paid all dues outstanding to Skate Canada, a Club, or a Skating School (as applicable) and who the Board has not declared not to be in good standing and in the case of Members, a Member whose Membership has not been terminated pursuant to Article 3 hereof [of the bylaws].

Ina Bauer

A two-footed movement in which the skater travels along the ice with one foot on a forward edge/tracing and the other on a matching backward edge on a different but parallel edge/tracing.

International Skating Union

The International Skating Union (ISU) is the exclusive international sport federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee administering the sports of Figure Skating and Speed Skating throughout the world. The ISU is composed of a number of national associations called ISU Members that administer ISU sports at the national level and recognize that all international matters are under the sole jurisdiction and control of the ISU.

Introductory Steps

In Ice Dance, optional steps performed prior to the first step of a pattern dance. 

Judges

An individual sixteen years of age or older who has been trained and appointed to officiate at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

Jump Combination

Singles and Pairs: Two or more jumps in which the landing foot of the first jump is the take-off foot of the next jump and so on. There is no change of foot or turn between the jumps, although the toe may be used to assist the take-off. One full revolution on the ice between the jumps (free foot can touch the ice, but no weight transfer) keeps the element within the definition of a jump combination.

Synchronized Skating: Any number of jumps of at least one revolution that may be linked with turns, steps or with a slight touch down.

Jump Elements

An individual jump, a jump combination or a jump sequence.

Loop

A one-foot movement where the skater skates an oval pattern using the same edge. The entry and exit of the loop must cross. The loop must be clean cut without scrapes or points.

Loops

A one-foot movement where the skater skates an oval pattern using the same edge. The entry and exit of the loop must cross. The loop must be clean cut without scrapes or points.

Lutz

A toe jump with counter rotation that takes off from a backward outside edge; listed in the Scale of Values according to the number of revolutions. 

Member

Each entity that meets the requirements of any of the three Member classes as defined in Article 3 hereof [of the bylaws].

 

Members

Each entity that meets the requirements of any of the three Member classes as defined in Article 3 hereof [of the bylaws].

 

Membership

The state of being a Member.

Mohawk

A turn from one foot to the other in which the entry and exit curves are continuous and of equal depth. The change of foot is from an outside edge to an outside edge or from and inside edge to an inside edge.

One-foot Turn

A rotational movement on one foot in which the skater moves from forward to backward or backward to forward.

Open Mohawk

A mohawk in which the heel of the free foot is placed on the ice at the inner side of the skating foot, the angle between the two feet being optional. Following the weight transfer, the immediate position of the new free foot is behind the heel of the new skating foot (e.g. the man's steps 8 and 9 and the lady's steps 12 and 13 in the Fourteenstep).

Program Components

The mark given by a judge to assess the different aspects of a skater’s performance. There are five PCs: Skating Skills, Transitions, Performance, Composition, and Interpretation. The Program Components marking range is from 0.25 to 10.0.   

Progressive

A step or sequence of steps in which the free foot passes the skating foot before is it placed on the ice, thereby bringing the new free foot off the ice trailing the new skating foot.

Progressives

A step or sequence of steps in which the free foot passes the skating foot before is it placed on the ice, thereby bringing the new free foot off the ice trailing the new skating foot.

Registrants

Includes (i) an individual who is registered by a Club or Skating School with Skate Canada and who is subject to all applicable rules, regulations and policies of Skate Canada but who is not a Member; and (ii) an individual who is engaged in any activity provided, sponsored, supported, sanctioned or recognized by Skate Canada and registered directly with Skate Canada but who is not a Member.

Rhythm

The regularly repeated pattern of accented and unaccented beats which gives the music its character.

Rhythm Dance

A dance created by an ice dance couple to dance music with designated rhythm(s) and/or theme(s) selected annually by the ISU Ice Dance Technical Committee.

Rocker

A turn executed on one foot from an outside edge to an outside edge or an inside edge to an inside edge, with the exit curve on a different lobe from the entry curve. The skater turns in the direction of the entry curve. 

Rockers

A turn executed on one foot from an outside edge to an outside edge or an inside edge to an inside edge, with the exit curve on a different lobe from the entry curve. The skater turns in the direction of the entry curve. 

Roll

A short or long, forward or backward edge skated on a curve.

Salchow

An edge jump with natural rotation that takes off from a backward inside edge; listed in the Scale of Values according to the number of rotations.

Section

As defined in Section 8.1 hereof [of the bylaws].

Sequence

The set order of the prescribed steps that compose one pattern of a Pattern Dance.

Sit Spin

A spin in which the skater remains in a sit position while rotating.  The supporting leg must be bent at least to a ninety-degree angle.  The thigh of the skating foot must be parallel to the ice surface.

Skating School

An organization other than a Club that is operating for the general purpose of providing Skate Canada skating programs.

Skating Schools

An organization other than a Club that is operating for the general purpose of providing Skate Canada skating programs.

Solo Dance

The term used when a skater skates the full pattern of a dance alone.

Spin

An element where the skater rapidly revolves, centred on a single point on the ice, while holding one or more body positions.  In singles and pairs, a spin must have at least three revolutions to be considered a spin. The minimum number of revolutions in a position is two without interruption.

Spin In One Position

In singles and pairs, any spin which has only one of the three basic positions and no non-basic positions.  In spins in one position and flying spins in one position, the concluding upright position at the end of the spin is not considered to be another position independent of the number of revolutions, as long as the skater is executing only the final wind-up without any enhancements.

Spins

An element where the skater rapidly revolves, centred on a single point on the ice, while holding one or more body positions.  In singles and pairs, a spin must have at least three revolutions to be considered a spin. The minimum number of revolutions in a position is two without interruption.

Spiral

A gliding position executed on one foot with free leg extended (including knee and foot) above hip level.

Spiral Sequence

A collection of at least two spirals executed on different feet.  The spirals must not be separated by other elements such as jumps or spins.  Some categories have requirements for the number of steps between the spirals, supported/unsupported and/or skating direction of the spirals.

Spread Eagle

A curving, two-footed movement in which the skater skates with one foot on a forward edge and the other on a matching backward edge on the same curve (eg. outside and outside).

Step

The visible tracing on the ice that is executed on one foot. A step is counted each time there is a change of foot.

Style

Characteristics of levels of step sequences in ice dance.

Swing Roll

A roll held for several beats of music during which, when skating backward, the free leg lifts and then first swings forward, then backward past the skating foot, then back beside to skate the next step. When skating forward, the free leg first swings backward, then forward and then back beside to skate the next step. The swing of the leg gives the sense of a rolling movement.

Tempo

The speed of the music in beats or measures per minute.

Toe Loop

A toe jump with natural rotation that takes off from a backward outside edge; listed in the Scale of Values according to the number of rotations. 

Turn

A rotational movement in which the skater moves from forward to backward or backward to forward using one foot and on an edge and axis (e.g. Three-turn, Bracket). In a two-foot turn the rotational movement from forward to backward or backward to forward is from one foot to the other foot (e.g. Mohawk, Choctaw).

Turns

A rotational movement in which the skater moves from forward to backward or backward to forward using one foot and on an edge and axis (e.g. Three-turn, Bracket). In a two-foot turn the rotational movement from forward to backward or backward to forward is from one foot to the other foot (e.g. Mohawk, Choctaw).

Twizzles

A traveling turn on one foot with one or more rotations which is quickly rotated with a continuous, uninterrupted action. The weight remains on the skating foot with the free foot in any position during the turn then placed beside the skating foot to skate the next step.

United States Figure Skating

National governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States. U.S. Figure Skating is a member of the International Skating Union (ISU), the international federation for figure skating, and is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).

Upright Spin

The skater is spinning in an upright position, a minimum of three revolutions.  The arms and free foot may be held in a variety of positions.

Waltz Jump

An edge jump with natural rotation taken off from a forward outside edge.  This jump is one half a rotation and is included as a listed jump in the Skate Canada Scale of Values but is not included in the ISU Scale of Values.

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1. Overview

The Skate Canada STAR consists of STAR assessments, STAR competition categories and supplementary events. For detailed information regarding competition please refer to refer to the Competition Program Requirements – STAR Rule.

STAR 1-5 assessments are coach assessed and include Skills, Freeskate, Artistic and Dance.

STAR 6-Gold assessments for Skills may be coach assessed or evaluator assessed.

STAR 6-Gold assessments for Freeskate, Dance and Artistic are evaluator assessed.

2. Freeskate Assessments

Freeskate assessments are divided into two parts, elements and programs.

STAR 1-5 Freeskate Assessments

STAR 1-5 Freeskate assessments are coach assessed on club sessions. Further details are available in the STAR 1-5 Resource Toolkit.

2.1. STAR 1 - Elements

  • Waltz jump
  • Single salchow
  • Single toe loop
  • Forward upright spin
  • Backward upright spin

Passing requirements: four of five elements rated silver or better

There is no program assessment at the STAR 1 level.

2.2. STAR 2 - Elements

  • Single salchow
  • Single loop
  • Single flip
  • Waltz + single toe loop combination
  • Forward sit spin
  • Forward camel spin
  • Change foot upright spin

Passing requirements: five of seven elements rated silver or better

2.3. STAR 2 - Program

Content follows program detailed in the Competition Program Requirements – STAR Rule.

Passing requirements: mandatory program content successful and two of two program components rated silver or better

2.4. STAR 3 - Elements

  • Single flip
  • Single lutz
  • Waltz + single loop combination
  • Single loop + single loop combination
  • Backward upright spin
  • Backward sit spin
  • Forward camel/sit combination spin

Passing requirements: five of seven elements rated silver or better

2.5. STAR 3 - Program

Content follows program detailed in the Competition Program Requirements – STAR Rule.

Passing requirements: mandatory program content successful and two of three program components rated silver or better

2.6. STAR 4 - Elements

  • Single lutz
  • Single axel
  • Single flip + single toe loop combination
  • Single loop + single loop combination
  • Backward camel spin
  • Change foot sit spin
  • Combination spin with forward entry and two changes of position (change of foot optional)
  • Flying camel spin or flying sit spin

Passing requirements: six of eight elements rated silver or better

2.7. STAR 4 - Program

Content follows program detailed in the Competition Program Requirements – STAR Rule.

Passing requirements: mandatory program content successful and two of three program components rated silver or better

2.8. STAR 5 - Elements 

  • Single axel
  • Any double jump (2S, 2T, 2Lo, 2F or 2Lz)
  • Single lutz + single toe loop combination
  • Sit spin or camel spin (entry optional)
  • Spin in one position with any variation
  • Combination spin (optional change of foot)
  • Flying camel or flying sit spin

Passing requirements: five of seven elements rated Silver or better

2.9. STAR 5 - Program

Content follows program detailed in the Competition Program Requirements – STAR Rule.

Passing requirements: mandatory program content successful and three of four program components rated silver or better

2.10. STAR 6 Elements

  • Axel + combination
  • Two different double jumps
  • Sit spin or camel spin with one feature
  • Layback or crossfoot spin
  • Combination spin with change of foot

passing requirements: four of six silver or better including one double jump and one spin

2.11. STAR 6 Program

Content follows program detailed in the Competition Program Requirements – STAR Rule.

Passing requirements: 10 of 15 assessments rated silver or better, including:

  • Six elements, including:
    • four jumps, one of which must be a double jump,
    • one combination spin with change of foot
  • four program components:
    • edge quality
    • power
    • carriage/clarity
    • projection

2.12. STAR 7 Elements

  • Three different double jumps
  • Jump combination (single + double, double + double or double + single)
  • Flying spin including camel and sit positions
  • Sit or camel spin with one feature
  • Change combination spin (one feature per foot optional)

Passing requirements: five of seven elements rated silver or better, including two different double jumps and two spins

2.13. STAR 7 Program

Content follows program detailed in the Competition Program Requirements – STAR Rule.

Passing requirements: 8 of 13 assessments rated silver or better, including:

  • four elements, including:
    • two jump elements, one of which must be a double jump,
    • one combination spin with change of foot
  • four program components:
    • edge quality
    • power
    • carriage/clarity
    • projection

2.14. STAR 8 Elements

  • Four different double jumps
  • Jump combination (single + double or double + double)
  • Sit or camel spin with two features
  • Flying change combination spin
  • Spin in one position with two features

Passing requirements: six of eight elements rated silver or better, including three different double jumps and two spins

2.15. STAR 8 Program

Content follows program detailed in the Competition Program Requirements – STAR Rule.

Passing requirements: 12 of 17 assessments rated silver or better, including:

  • Seven elements, including:
    • four jump elements, including two different double jumps one of which must be in combination
    • one combination spin with change of foot
    • one flying spin in one position
  • five program components, including:
    • edge quality
    • power
    • carriage/clarity
    • projection

2.16. STAR 9 - Elements 

  • Single Axel
  • One double jump
  • Jump combination (double + double, must be different, may not repeat solo jump)
  • Three spins of any nature (all spins must have different codes)
  • Change combination Spin

Passing requirements: 5/7 silver or better including 3 different double jumps and 2 spins

2.17. STAR 9 Program

Content follows program detailed in the Competition Program Requirements – STAR Rule.

Passing requirements: 4/6 elements including 2/3 jumps, 1 double/double combination and CCoSp. 5/7 PC’s including Edge quality, Power, Carriage/Clarity, Projection and Character/Rhythm

Passing requirements: 9 of 13 assessments rated silver or better, including:

  • four elements, including:
    • two jump elements, one of which must be double-double combination
    • one combination spin with change of foot
  • five program components:
    • edge quality
    • power
    • carriage/clarity
    • projection
    • character/rhythm

2.18. STAR 10 Elements

  • Single Axel
  • Five different double jumps
  • Jump combination (double + double)
  • Spin of any nature
  • Change combination spin

Passing requirements: 7/9 silver or better including 4 different double jumps and 2 spins

2.19. STAR 10 Program

Content follows program detailed in the Competition Program Requirements – STAR Rule.

Passing requirements: 8/10 elements including 5/6 jumps 3 different doubles, flying spin and one other spin. 6/7 PC”s including Edge Quality, Power, Carriage/Clarity, Projection and Character/Rhythm

Passing requirements: 14 of 17 assessments rated silver or better, including:

  • eight elements, including:
    • five jump elements, including three different double jumps
    • two spins, including flying spin in one position
  • six program components, including:
    • edge quality
    • power
    • carriage/clarity
    • projection
    • character/rhythm

2.20. Gold Program

Content follows program detailed in the Competition Program Requirements – STAR Rule.

Passing requirements: 16 of 18 assessments rated silver or better, including:

  • nine elements
  • seven (all) program components

There is no elements assessment at the Gold level.

3. Order of Freeskate Assessments

With the exception of the Gold Freeskate program, a skater may try all of the elements parts of Freeskate assessments in order before trying any of the program parts in order and vice versa. In order to receive credit for the full level the skater must complete both the elements part and the program part. A skater must have completed the STAR 10 elements and program prior to being assessed for the Gold Freeskate program.

The candidate may try the Gold Freeskate assessment without having passed the previous assessments in either part (known as challenging the assessment).  In this case, the skater must challenge the STAR 10 elements and the Gold program. A challenge fee applies in addition to the regular assessment fees.  

4. Freeskate Assessments in Competitions

Skaters may apply to take any STAR 6 – Gold Freeskate Program assessment in competition where offered by the organizing committee. The assessment must done by a qualified evaluator.  The evaluator at the competition should be separate from the officiating panel of the category in which the assessment is being conducted. The assessment may be taken in any appropriate Singles Freeskate category (STAR or competitive) per the chart below. STAR or competitive skaters with a successful assessment will be given credit for the program portion of the corresponding level. The skater must pay the same assessment fee as a standard assessment day.

The following chart indicates the applicable competition categories that a skater may attempt a STAR Program assessment during competition. Skaters must enter the appropriate competition category for assessment.

STAR Assessment Competition Category for Assessment
STAR 6 Program STAR 6 Freeskate, Pre-Juvenile Singles Free Program, Juvenile Singles Free Program
STAR 7 Program STAR 7 Freeskate
STAR 8 Program STAR 8 Freeskate
STAR 9 Program STAR 9 Freeskate, Pre-Novice Singles Short Program, Novice Singles Short Program
STAR 10 Program STAR 10 Freeskate
Gold Program Gold Freeskate, Novice Singles Free Program

*Skaters may be assessed by their coach for STAR 4 and/or STAR 5 Freeskate program during a STAR event. In this case the coach must notify the skaters home club assessment coordinator and ensure all fees are paid in advance of the assessment.

5. Conduct of a Freeskate Assessment

5.1. Re-skating a Portion of a Freeskate Elements Assessment

At the request of the evaluator, a maximum of two elements in a Freeskate Elements assessment may be re-skated, if necessary, to improve the overall assessment to pass or pass with honours. Each element may only be re-skated once. In all cases the better attempt will be counted. The candidate may elect to re-skate an unsuccessful element immediately or at the end of the portion of the assessment. 

5.2. Scale for Evaluating a Freeskate Assessment   

STAR 1-Gold Freeskate assessments will be assessed using a scale of Gold, Silver or Bronze, with Silver being the passing standard. 

6. Dance Assessments

Dance at STAR 2 – Gold consists of pattern dances, dance step assessments and a Gold Rhythm Dance.
Note: STAR 1, STAR 3b and STAR 5b are dance step element assessments.

Pattern dances are the skating of prescribed steps on patterns to music, the type and tempo for which is defined. These dances may be performed solo, shadow or with a partner. 

6.1. STAR 2-3 Pattern Dance Assessments

  • STAR 2a - Dutch Waltz
  • STAR 2b - Canasta Tango
  • STAR 3a - Baby Blues

Passing requirement for each pattern dance:

  • The candidate must successfully complete two of three focus areas
  • In addition, two of the three criteria for full pattern assessment must be Silver or better, one of which must be timing

6.2. STAR 4 – 5 Pattern Dance Assessments  

Pattern dances:

  • STAR 4a - Swing Dance
  • STAR 4b - Fiesta Tango
  • STAR 5a - Willow Waltz

Passing requirement for each pattern dance:

  • The candidate must successfully complete two of three focus areas
  • In addition, two of the three criteria for full pattern assessment must be Silver or higher, one of which must be timing

6.3. STAR 6 – 7 Pattern Dance Assessments

Pattern dances:

  • STAR 6A - Ten-Fox
  • STAR 6B – European Waltz
  • STAR 6C - Fourteenstep
  • STAR 7A – Foxtrot
  • STAR 7B – Tango
  • STAR 7C – American Waltz

Passing requirement for each dance:

  • The candidate must successfully complete three of four of the focus areas including timing
  • In addition, two of four criteria for full pattern assessment must be Silver or better

6.4. STAR 8 Pattern Dance Assessments  

Pattern dances:

  • STAR 8A – Killian
  • STAR 8B – Rocker Foxtrot
  • STAR 8C – Starlight Waltz

Passing requirement for each dance:

  • The candidate must successfully complete three of three (8A and 8C) or three of four (8B) of the focus areas including timing
  • In addition, three of four criteria for full pattern assessment must be Silver or better.

6.5. STAR 9 - Gold Dance Assessments  

  • STAR 9A – Paso Doble
  • STAR 9B – Blues
  • STAR 9C – Silver Samba
  • STAR 10A – Cha Cha Congelado
  • STAR 10B – Westminster Waltz
  • STAR 10C – Quickstep
  • Gold A – Viennese Waltz
  • Gold B – Argentine Tango
  • Gold C – Gold Rhythm Dance

Passing requirement for each dance:

  • The candidate must successfully complete all focus areas including timing
  • In addition, all four criteria for full pattern assessment must be Silver or better

7. STAR Dance Step Element Assessment

7.1. STAR 1 Dance Step Elements

  • Forward progressives
  • Forward chasses
  • Forward slide chasses
  • Forward outside swing roll sequence
  • Forward outside cross rolls

Passing Requirement: Four of Five elements rated Silver or better.

7.2. STAR 3B Dance Step Elements

  • Backward progressives
  • Backward chasses
  • Backward outside swing roll sequence
  • Forward inside open mohawk
  • Left forward outside cross roll, cross behind
  • Forward outside 3-turn/backward outside edge

Passing Requirement: Five of six elements rated Silver or better. Technique must be Silver or better.

7.3. STAR 5B Dance Step Elements

  • Left forward open mohawk
  • Forward outside double knee bend
  • Forward progressive/swing roll sequence
  • Backward progressive/swing roll sequence
  • Ten-Fox progressive
  • Left forward outside cross-behind chasse
  • Forward outside cross rolls
  • Forward outside cross roll/3-turn
  • Backward outside rolls

Passing Requirements: Seven of nine elements rated Silver or better. Technique must be silver or better.

7.4. Re-skating a Portion of a Dance Step Elements Assessment

At the request of the coach assessor, a maximum of two elements in a Dance Step Elements assessment may be re-skated, if necessary, to improve the overall assessment to pass or pass with honours. Each element may only be re-skated once. In all cases the better attempt will be counted. The candidate may elect to re-skate an unsuccessful element immediately or at the end of the portion of the assessment.        

8. Music for Pattern Dance Assessments

For assessments, the candidate has the choice of skating to Skate Canada Series 8, Skate Canada Approved Additional Dance  Music or ISU music. 

9. Dance Assessments in Pattern Dance Competitions

Skaters may apply to take any STAR 6-Gold dance assessment in competition where offered by the organizing committee. The assessment must completed by a qualified evaluator. The evaluator at the competition should be separate from the officiating panel of the category in which the assessment is being conducted The assessment may be taken in the appropriate couples or solo dance categories. The skater must pay the same assessment fee as that of a standard assessment day. For assessments done in competition all competition rules apply.

10. Partners for Dance Assessments

Dance partners (if applicable) must be Skate Canada registrants in good standing or must meet the requirements in the Professional Coach Membership Procedure.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to have a partner who complies with the rules and is present and ready to skate at the time designated for the assessment.

11. Introductory Steps

The evaluator may request that the dances start at a specific location.

All pattern dances may be started with optional introductory steps. The opening poses may reflect the character of the given dance.

12. Conduct of Pattern/Rhythm Dance Assessments

The dances within a level can be tried in any order. A candidate must pass all dances in a level before progressing to the next level. However, a candidate may try the Gold Dances or STAR 8 without passing the previous pattern dance assessments (known as challenging the assessment).  In this case, the candidate must pay the challenge fee in addition to the regular assessment fee.

All pattern dance assessments may be skated solo, shadow or with a partner.

After skating the dance with a partner or shadow, a candidate for a pattern dance assessment may be requested by the evaluator to skate the dance solo. The evaluator will not record an additional evaluation but use this as a check on the candidates’ knowledge of steps, accuracy in timing and/or sureness of skating. Evaluators may not request that candidates skate solo when a candidate is 25 years of age or older.

12.1. Scale for Evaluating Dance Assessments

STAR 1-Gold Dances are rated as Bronze, Silver or Gold, with Silver being the passing standard. 

13. Criteria for Evaluating Pattern/Rhythm Dance Assessments

During assessments, evaluations will be given under two categories, the first for focus areas and timing, the second for full pattern execution. It must be realized that certain aspects of dancing do not fall clearly into a single subdivision. The definitions are intended to summarize the requirements and must be followed as closely as possible.

13.1. Dance Rhythm

Timing

STAR 2-5: The skater must demonstrate the ability to perform 75% of the dance steps on time throughout the entire pattern dance.

STAR 6-Gold: The skater must demonstrate the ability to perform all the steps on time throughout the entire pattern dance. Only one (1) timing error is permitted through the assessment.

Focus Area

Focus areas are a step or series of steps that have been identified in each dance as areas of significant importance. There are two or three Focus Areas in each pattern dance that must successfully completed. The Focus Areas are steps or series of steps that introduce new skills to the skater and are highlights of the dance.

Full Pattern Execution 

Criteria for assessing STAR 2 – 5 Pattern Dances

The candidate must achieve Silver or better in the prescribed number of criteria. The criteria for assessing STAR 2-5 Pattern dance is:

  • Timing
  • Carriage
  • Technique

Criteria for assessing STAR 6 – Gold Pattern Dances

The candidate must achieve Silver or better in the prescribed number of criteria. The criteria for assessing STAR 6 – Gold Pattern dance is:

  • Accuracy
  • Edge Quality
  • Carriage/Clarity
  • Character

Dance Element Execution

Criteria for assessing STAR 1, STAR 3 and STAR 5 Dance elements

The candidate must achieve Silver or better in the prescribed number of criteria and elements. The criteria for assessing Dance elements is:

  • Technique
  • Execution
  • Carriage

14. Diamond Dance Test

Pattern Dances

  • Ravensburger Waltz
  • Tango Romantica
  • Yankee Polka
  • Rhumba
  • Austrian Waltz
  • Golden Waltz

Passing requirement for the Diamond Dance Test:

The skater must achieve Satisfactory or better in all six criteria for partnered dances and all except unison for dances performed solo. The criteria for Diamond Dance tests are:

  • Dance Rhythm: Timing
    • Timing
    • Expression
    • Unison
  • Execution:
    • Accuracy/Flow
    • Style/Form
    • Pattern/Placement

Skaters must pass four of the six pattern dances to pass the complete Diamond Dance test.

15. Artistic Program Assessments

Artistic programs consist of a program skated to music with required program content.

15.1. Program Length

The STAR 5, 7 and 9 programs must be a maximum of two minutes and 10 seconds in length.

The Gold program must be a maximum of two minutes and 40 seconds in length.

15.2. STAR 5

Content requirements:

  • Choreographic step sequence
  • Field movement sequence or spiral sequence
  • Choreographic spin

Passing requirements: Two of three content requirements rated silver or better and four of seven program components rated silver or better, including edge quality, power, carriage/clarity.

15.3. STAR 7

Content requirements:

  • Choreographic step sequence
  • Field movement sequence
  • Choreographic spin

Passing requirements: Two of three content requirements rated silver or better and five of seven program components rated silver or better, including edge quality, power, carriage/clarity and projection.

15.4. STAR 9

Content requirements:

  • Choreographic step sequence
  • Field movement sequence
  • Choreographic spin

Passing requirements: Two of three content requirements rated silver or better and six of seven program components rated silver or better, including edge quality, power, carriage/clarity, projection and character/rhythm.

15.5. Gold

Content requirements:

  • Choreographic step sequence
  • Field movement sequence or 360 field movement
  • Choreographic spin

Passing requirements: Two of three content requirements rated silver or better and all seven program components rated silver or better. 

16. Skills Assessments

Skills assessments consist of edges, turns, exercises and field movements.  

16.1. STAR 1

  • Forward outside and Forward inside edges
  • Forward three turns
  • Forward inside mohawk sequence
  • Skills exercise - basic
  • Forward spiral circles
  • Choice of field move:
    • Forward one foot sit glide
    • Inside spread eagle
    • Inside Ina Bauer

Passing requirements: five of six elements rated silver or better

16.2. STAR 2

  • Backward outside and backward inside edges
  • Backward three turns
  • Forward circle on circlt
  • Two foot to one foot multi turns
  • Forward outside turn sequence

Passing requirements: four of five elements rated silver or better

16.3. STAR 3

  • Skills exercise - power
  • Forward spiral circles
  • Choice of Field move:
    • Backward one foot sit glide
    • Spread eagle
    • Y-spiral
    • Ina bauer

Passing requirements: two of three elements rated silver or better

16.4. STAR 4

  • Forward brackets
  • Backward brackets
  • Forward double threes
  • Backward circle on circle
  • Forward change of edge

Passing requirements: four of five elements rated silver or better

16.5. STAR 5

  • Skills exercise 1 - quick edges
  • Skills exercise 2 - backward slalom
  • Spiral sequence

Passing requirements: two of three elements rated silver or better

16.6. STAR 6

  • Backward double threes
  • Forward rockers
  • Backward rockers
  • Forward counters
  • Backward counters
  • Skills exercise – Forward change threes

Passing requirements: five of six elements rated silver or better

16.7. STAR 7

  • Forward loops
  • Backward loops
  • Forward inside Choctaws
  • Backward outside Choctaws
  • Forward and backward twizzles
  • Skills exercise – Backward change threes

Passing requirements: five of six elements rated silver or better

16.8. STAR 8

  • Forward rocker-three sequence
  • Backward rocker-three sequence
  • Forward counter-bracket sequence
  • Backward counter-bracket sequence
  • Two field moves (must be different)
  • Skills exercise – Rolling edges

Passing requirements: five of six elements rated silver or better

16.9. STAR 9

  • Forward loop change loop
  • Backward loop change loop
  • 360 degree spiral challenge
  • Skills exercise – Rockers
  • Skills exercise – Counters

Passing requirements: four of five elements rated silver or better

16.10. STAR 10

  • One-foot turn sequence
  • 360 degree field move challenge
  • Step sequence
  • Skills exercise – Counters

Passing requirements: all elements rated silver or better

16.11. Gold

  • Nine turn challenge
  • Step sequence
  • Field move sequence

Passing requirements: all elements rated silver or better

16.12. Re-skating a Portion of a Skills Assessment

At the request of the evaluator or coach assessor, an assessment may be reskated, if necessary, to improve the overall assessment to pass or pass with honours. The number of possible re-skates is listed on the assessment for the level. Each element may only be re-skated once. In all cases the better attempt will be counted. The candidate may elect to re-skate an unsuccessful element immediately or at the end of the portion of the assessment. If the re-skate element contains more than one item, for example four turns, the skater only needs to re-skate the item within the element that was unsuccessful. For Gold each turn re-skated as part of the nine turn challenge counts as a re-skate.  

17. General Qualifications for STAR Assessments

17.1. Eligibility for Assessment

The assessment coordinator must ensure a skater participating in an assessment is currently registered with Skate Canada and all eligibility requirements have been verified prior to the assessment taking place. Proof of registration must be provided to the assessment coordinator and the Skate Canada number must be recorded on all assessment and summary sheets.

17.2. Assessment Fees

Assessment fees are determined by the Board of Directors and are subject to change. The fee for each assessment is $12 and must be paid prior to the assessment taking place. Fees must be paid for each assessment (e.g. each individual Dance or Freeskate element or program)

Skaters who apply to take challenge assessment without having passed the previous assessments must pay the applicable assessment fee plus a challenge fee of $60 per part (i.e. $60 for freeskate elements and $60 for freeskate program and $60 for each pattern dance).

Member clubs and skating schools are not permitted to charge a skater more than the official Skate Canada assessment fee as determined according to these rules for assessments. An exception is that an additional administrative charge may be levied where necessary to recover the actual expenses of conducting the assessment day, provided no profit is made in the process and provided the skater is advised of the estimated cost prior to the assessment day. No additional administration fees may be added to assessments at the STAR 1- 5 level or to a Skills assessment done by a coach assessor on the skaters regular skating session

All fees are payable to Skate Canada regardless of the result of the assessment (pass with honours, pass or retry).

17.3. Order of Assessment

A candidate for an assessment must have passed all of the preceding assessments in the same category in all disciplines except as permitted by the special provisions outlined below:

  • Any assessment, including a single pattern dance, which has been completed, according to the rules in force at the time of completion, will be credited to the candidate regardless of any subsequent changes in the assessment system.
  • USFS members who have passed the USFS Gold Free Skating or Dance test may apply to take the Skate Canada Gold Freeskate assessment, Gold Dance assessment or Gold Artistic assessment respectively without further qualification.

17.4. Retrying of an Unsuccessful Assessment

It is recommended a candidate wait 24 hours prior to retrying an unsuccessful assessment.

17.5. Conduct/Evaluation of STAR Assessments

Conduct of Assessments in General

A candidate with a physical or intellectual disability may request exemption from certain technical rules on the basis that such rule penalizes them in the marking of the assessment and that such rule is peripheral to the skating skill to be demonstrated. Application must be made in writing to the Skate Canada Skating Programs Coordinator on behalf of the candidate by the candidate's home club and must be supported by suitable medical or other testimony that specifically relates to the nature of the disability to the rule(s) in question.

An assessment session is a period of time during which STAR assessments are conducted.  An assessment session may be a few hours on the same day in one rink or it may be divided over several days and ice surfaces. Regardless of the format, skaters can register only once for the same assessment at one assessment session.

Administration of STAR Assessments

Assessments must be administered according to the STAR Assessment Coordinator Guide and STAR 6-Gold Resource Guide.

Reporting of Assessments

The club or skating school where assessment occurred must submit the results of assessments accompanied by the applicable fees to Skate Canada within three weeks of the date of the assessments.

18. Evaluators

18.1. Evaluating Assignments

Evaluators must be selected from qualified active Skate Canada evaluators. All assessments will be evaluated by one evaluator (evaluator or coach assessor in the discipline of Skills). All STAR 1-5 tests will be coach-assessed.

The appropriate section officials committee will be responsible for the process of selection of evaluators. Requests for an evaluator from another section must be made through the appropriate section officials chair

18.2. Evaluators for Specific Assessments

Diamond dance evaluators or senior ice dance judges who are also fully qualified Gold dance evaluators, may evaluate the Diamond dance tests.