Star Skate Test Information
Skaters who have completed Canskate stage 6 will eventually try Star Skate tests. These tests are evaluated by Skate Canada judges, on Skate Canada sanctioned test days.
The Star Skate tests fall into one of the following 4 disciplines:
- Skating Skills
- Free Skate
The first three of these disciplines (Skating Skills, Dance, Free Skate) are divided into 6 different levels of difficulty.
Each level must be passed in the order listed below before the skater can proceed to the next level:
- Junior Bronze
- Senior Bronze
- Junior Silver
- Senior Silver
“Interpretive” is divided into 4 different levels of difficulty:
“Skating skills” are the fundamentals that go into everything else in skating; edges turns, field movements, power, control & balance.
There are 3 exercises that comprise each test level in Skating Skills. All 3 exercises are tried at once and all 3 must be evaluated as satisfactory or higher in order for a skater to pass the level.
“Dance” tests are specific patterns and steps to Skate Canada prescribed music. Each dance can be tried separately.
Preliminary, junior bronze and senior bronze dance levels have 3 dances per level that must be passed before the skater can move onto the next level of dance. Junior silver, senior silver and gold dance levels have 4 dances per level that must be passed before the skater can move onto the next level. Diamond Dances are a 7th level of dance. These dances are the ones that National and International competitors use as compulsory dances.
“Free Skate” tests are the jumps, spins, field movements and skating skills all incorporated together.
Free Skate tests have 2 parts for each level of difficulty; the solo to instrumental music incorporating everything in a well-balanced routine in a Skate Canada mandated time limit & the elements in isolation. These 2 parts of each level can be tried separately.
“Interpretive” skating is a routine intended to tell the story behind the music (lyrical and/or instrumental music can be used for this routine).
The routine is not evaluated on the ability of the skater to do the jumps and spins like in the free skate routine but rather the power and quality of the skating skills and in how the skater uses the elements in the routine to tell the story.