At The Langley Skating Club we focus on providing high quality skating programs with instruction from dedicated Skate Canada certified coaches. We encourage skaters to develop to the best of their ability and achieve their goals, in a supportive club setting while fostering a passion for the sport of skating. We believe that empowering skaters with confidence, skill, and a strong work ethic promotes personal success.
The Starskate program is an individual skating program with private or semi-private lessons.
In this program the skater will:
*decide which descipline(s) he/she would like to pursue (freeskate, skills, dance)
*purchase the icetime. (Seperate from the coaching costs)
*Coaching must be arranged personally
Ice time and coaching fees are paid seperately. Skaters need to book private or semi-private lessons with one of the professional coaches to instruct them on that particular session and then purchase the appropriate ice for the season.
Lessons are generally 10-15 minutes in length and once the skater's lesson is finished, they will practice their skating on their own for the remainder of the session. Skater and their coaches will decide together how often the skater should be on the ice per week in order to accomplish the goals that they have set. Goal setting is an important step that the coach, student and parent need to make time for.
There are multiple testing levels in Starskate in each discipline, as well as competitions that the skaters can attend. **See below for disciplines and levels to help guide you through your skating career.
Starskate Development is part of the star skate program which is a "group session" run during starskate times. This program combines ice and coaching cost as one.
Example - Typically a session that says "15 min development and open freeskate" looks like this:
15 mins of skating development with coaching included for the 15 mins of development.
10-15 mins of individual coaching that you have pre-arranged with your coach (seperate cost) and could be at anytime during the session.
30 mins of practicing the skills you have learned. Self directed time. If your child is a young skater, then recommend speaking to their coach about helping them learn how to practice on their own e.g. 10 mins of skating backwards, 10 mins of jumps etc.
**What is SKILLS? SKILLS is a Skate Canada discipline that teaches a Figure Skater a variety of turns, edges, and patterns performed with speed, agility, power & balance. The Skills program has 6 levels and within each level there are 3 exercises. The levels are Preliminary, Junior Bronze, Senior Bronze, Junior Silver, Senior Silver & Gold. Each level gets progressively more challenging for a skater PRELIMINARY - Waltzing Threes, Waltzing Mohawks & Preliminary Circles JUNIOR BRONZE - Threes & Power Mohawks, Power Circles & Change Threes SENIOR BRONZE - Forward Brackets, Power Circles & Expanding Exercise JUNIOR SILVER - Multi-Turns & Power Threes, Snakes & Ladders and Flying Choctaws SENIOR SILVER - Rockers & Choctaws, Multi-Circle Threes & Brackets and Expanding Exercise GOLD - Counters & Three Change Threes, Multi-Circle Double Threes & Mohawks, and Expanding Exercise.
What is FREESKATE? Freeskate incorporates the learning of Jumps, Spins, Step Sequences, Stroking, Field Movements and Interpretation to music. There are 6 Freeskate tests that progressively are more challenging each level. Freeskate tests include a Stroking portion, an Elements portion and a Program portion. The Preliminary Freeskate test is the first in the series followed by the Junior Bronze, Senior Bronze, Junior Silver, Senior Silver & then finally the achievement of the Gold Freeskate Test.
What is DANCE? Dance is learning edges, steps, patterns & timing to music. Like the SKILLS Program, there are 3 or 4 dances per level. When you test a dance, you skate with a Dance Partner. Listed below are the levels & names of the dances at each level PRELIMINARY DANCES - Dutch Waltz, Canasta Tango & Baby Blues JUNIOR BRONZE DANCES - Swing Dance, Fiesta Tango & Willow Waltz SENIOR BRONZE DANCES - Ten Fox, Fourteen Step & European Waltz JUNIOR SILVER DANCES - Keats Foxtrot, Rocker Foxtrot, American Waltz & Harris Tango SENIOR SILVER DANCES - Kilian, Starlight Waltz, Paso Doble & Blues (optional Cha Cha Congelado) GOLD DANCES - Viennese Waltz, Argentine Tango, Quickstep, Silver Samba & Westminster Waltz
Some skaters will move onto working on their Diamond Dances
What is Interpretive? The Interpretive Program offers an opportunity for skaters to develop their ability to interpret music without the pressure created by the demand for technical difficulty in other programs. Skaters can take tests as individuals at the following levels: • Introductory • Bronze • Silver • Gold This program is an opportunity to encourage skaters to develop:• an understanding of the relationship between movement and rhythm patterns (music)• an awareness of their innate choreographic creativity• an ability to employ basic skating skills as vehicle of expression • an extensive repertoire of expressive movements• an improved confidence in their ability to perform.