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FIGURE SKATING FUNDAMENTALS


Gateway Skating Club offers two options to progress from Learn to Skate programs to Figure Skating Private Lessons: 

  • The Junior Academy  (by invitation only) - skaters are selected from our Learn to Skate Programs by our coaching team (parents are contacted)
  • StarPrep Program
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JUNIOR ACADEMY

SKATERS UNDER 10 YEARS OLD
BY INVITATION ONLY
 

Junior Academy skaters are placed in groups based on ability and will progress as they advance.  This program focuses on ice fundamentals: jumping, spinning, theatre on ice, field moves, edges and turns.  There is also an off-ice component which teaches body development related to figure skating, including dry land jumping, fitness, dance and creative movement. 

Junior Academy promotes self-discipline, competitive drive, individual confidence, work ethic, team spirit as well as fun and enjoyment!

Throughout the skaters time in this program, Gateway Skating Club Directors will scout talent for private coach selection.  

 

STARPREP

ALL AGES
This program focuses on CanSkate Stages 4-6 and the beginning of figure skating skills in STAR 1. This 45 minute session starts with a warm up and then skaters will be placed into groups and rotate through circuits.  Each session will end with a performance portion where skaters will learn how to move to music and use their creativity in being artistic on the ice. Lessons will be taught by Skate Canada professional coaches. 

Skaters still working on STAGES 4-6 will receive report cards at the end of the session.  Skaters who have completed Stage 6 will be working on STAR 1 Skills, STAR 1 Dance and STAR 1 Free Skate.  When skaters have learned the skills in each discipline and are ready for an assessment, the coach will assess the skaters through the Skate Canada assessment process. There is a Skate Canada fee to take the assessment.  Parents will be informed of the process when skaters are ready for the assessment. 

 

Skaters must wear a CSA approved helmet until they have completed CanSkate Stage 5.

 

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