Sherwood Park Skating Club
Sherwood Park Skating Club offers two streams of figure skating and national level coaches.
STARSkate, which includes group and private lesson figure skating, and Competitive Skate. Our figure skating program consists of Junior Prep, Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories. Our coaching team will work with skating families to determine which level is the right fit for your skater.
The STAR Skate program offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of Ice Dance, Skating Skills, Free Skate and Interpretive Skating. Unique in Canada, this program figures skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives.
The STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in four areas – Skating Skills, Ice Dance, Free Skate and Interpretive. LEARN MORE - CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE STARSKATE PAGE
Skating Skills are a combination of fundamental skating movements, executed on a pattern and skated solo. The basic components of all disciplines of figure skating are incorporated into the program. The movements are derived from former compulsory figures, free skating and ice dancing. The objective of the Skating Skills program is mastery of the basic fundamentals of skating – edge quality, control, power and speed.
Ice Dance consists of seven levels of tests, the Dance Test program teaches timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison. The dances in the STARSkate Program can be tried in any order but a candidate must pass the required number of dances in a dance test before proceeding to the next level. In addition to the traditional compulsory dances, there are also Creative Dances to challenge skater's creativity, artistry and originality.
Free skating consists of the execution of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed in sequence to music.
The objective of the Interpretive program is to encourage and develop skater's creativity, expression, musicality, movement, interpretation of music, as well as the use of space, rhythm, line and style. The program provides skaters with the opportunity to explore the performance aspect of skating without focusing on technical elements.
Skaters who wish to challenge their figure skating skills and who show potential as competitive skaters can participate in the CompetitiveSkate program. LEARN MORE - CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE COMPETITIVE PAGE
What is CompetitiveSkate?
CompetitiveSkate is a program for skaters in singles, pair and ice dance wishing to compete in qualifying events within Skate Canada.
It’s more than just skating!
Skaters enrolled in CompetitiveSkate learn a variety of life skills as they progress up the competitive ladder. These include goal setting, focus, ability to deal with success/failure, time management and principles of fair play and sportsmanship. In addition to the life skill benefits, skaters in this program receive:
access to provincial and national funding programs (as applicable)
the opportunity to be selected to Skate Canada’s National Team
the opportunity to compete at Skate Canada Sectionals, Skate Canada Challenge, and/or the Canadian Figure Skating Championships
opportunity and potential to be selected to represent Canada internationally
access to sport science services
If I Participate in the Competitive Program, is that All I Can Do?
No! Many skaters who compete in the qualifying event structure also take tests in Skate Canada’s STARSkate Program or participate on synchronized skating teams. The only events that you may not be able to compete in are club, and STARSkate events, some which restrict entry of skaters who have competed in the qualifying event system.
The Qualifying Event Structure
There are several opportunities throughout the season for skaters to participate in competitive events.
The Skate Canada CompetitiveSkate Program offers nationally standardized competitions to competitive skaters. These events are the stepping stones to things such as the National Team and the World and Olympic teams. Skaters competing in the qualifying event structure can do so at the Juvenile (optional category), Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior levels in singles, pair and ice dance.
Learn more about the qualifying event structure by visiting the Skate Canada Website.