Rising Stars

Rising Stars is a transitional program that moves skaters from the CanSkate (or learn to skate) to the STARSkate program (figure skating program).  Rising Star 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.


Program Delivery: 

  • Lessons are taught in a group format.
  • The program is instructed by our certified Skate Canada coaches.
  • Rising Star skaters skate a minimum of two 45 minute sessions per week.

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.

The Rising Star Registration for Fall/Winter program 2021-2022 is now open.  Click here for more information.

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 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 rising star. 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 fundraising?

Parents/Guardians of Rising Star skaters who start in September are required to work 4 bingos throughout the year. Skaters who enter into the program in January are required to work 2 bingos throughout the year. Bingos are on Friday evenings between September of the current year to September of the following year.  The majority of bingos are held between May and August.  The number of bingos will be determined based on our registration numbers.  Bingos are a large source of fundraising revenues for the Club which help pay for coaching and ice fees.

What is the STARSkate program?

The STARSkate program is the next step after Rising Star. 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 skaters will enter the Star Skate program one to two years after starting the Rising Star Program.