Rising Star/Junior is a transitional program that moves skaters from the CanSkate (or learn to skate) to the STARSkate program (figure skating program). Rising Star/Junior skaters will work on edges, turns, stops, spins and jumps in a figure skating environment. Skaters will also be introduced to the fundamentals of movement to music and expression.
The Rising Star program is for skaters under 8 years old who are interested in figure skating and are on a fast track route to our STARSkate/competitive program. The Junior program is for skaters ages 8 to 14 years old who want to learn to figure skate and transition to the STARSkate program within 1 to 2 years following the Junior program.
- Lessons are taught in a group format.
- The program is instructed by our certified Skate Canada coaches.
- Classes are 45 minutes long. One to three options are available to skate – See Schedule for more information.
Entrance into the Program:
Skaters can enter the program after having passed Stage 3 badge of the CANSkate program or by coach invitation/audition.
CSA approved helmets are mandatory for all Rising Stars. Skaters must provide and wear a CSA approved hockey helmet on the ice. Bicycle helmets are not permitted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have equipment rentals?
No. Skaters must supply their own skates and a CSA approved helmet.
What kind of Skates should my child wear?
Skaters should have figure skates for the Rising Star/Junior program. They should fit snugly and have plenty of ankle support. Figure skates have a pick at the front of the blade and is required for many skills that are taught in the program. In the past Sports experts, Canadian Tire and Changing Gear have had available a range of beginner figure skates. You can also go to our Facebook page and join the Arctic Edge Skate Club Buy and Sell group to look for used skates.
How many days should we skate?
For optimum development, we recommend two times per week. Skating is a sport where skills are learned by continuous repetition. The more times a skater can repeat a skill in a week, the faster they will progress.
What should my skater wear?
Skaters should wear form fitting athletic clothes that will allow them to move freely and yet stay warm. Two layers on top is recommended. Loose pants, jeans and hooded jackets are not permitted. Gloves or snug mittens should be worn to keep hands warm. Hair should be pulled back and off of the skater’s face. Helmets that CSA approved for SKATING must be worn by all skaters.
What about Volunteering/fundraising?
Parents/Guardians of Rising Star/Junior skaters are required to volunteer throughout the year in various roles. The request for volunteers will be communicated at various times during the year. There will also be several fundraising campaigns in which parents/guardians will be asked to support.
What is the STARSkate program?
The STARSkate program is the next step after the Rising Star/Junior program. It works towards more advanced Figure Skating. The StarSkate program allows skaters to take private or semi-private lessons, have time to practice skills on their own and participate in group lessons. Private lessons are arranged by the parent/guardian and coaches at the club. Typically Rising Star/Junior skaters will enter the Star Skate program one to two years after starting the Rising Star/Junior Program.