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New to STARSkate

Our STARSkate program operates in a different format from our CanSkate program. In STARSkate, skaters work with one of our professional coaches, and work individually.

To ease the transition from CanSkate to STARSkate, SMSC offers special Pre-Star sessions for new STARSkaters. In Pre-Star, skaters work in small group lessons, as well as with their private coach.

How to join SMSC’s STARSkate program

Step 1:

Choose a coach
Each skater who registers for a STARSkate session must also have selected a coach for private lessons. For more details on how to choose a coach, please see our STARSkate Coaches page. Your coach will recommend the number of private lessons they will offer your skater each week. These private lesson fees are not included in session registration fees, and are paid to the coach directly on a regular basis. As a rule of thumb most coaches will recommend two private lessons a week. Note -- a private lesson is usually 15 minutes long.

Step 2:

Register for your STARSkate sessions
Your skater’s coach will recommend the number of sessions your skater should register for. All members who are new to our STARSkate program must register for at least ONE (1) Pre-Star Group session per week, in addition to another Pre-Star session. STARSkaters at our club are required to skate a minumum of TWO sessions per week.

Step 3:

Be sure your skater has beginner figure skates
To be successful in our STARSkate program, your skater will need a pair of new or used beginner figure skates. These skates are different than the basic white skates sold in sporting good stores; they have a specialized blade and toe pick, and a proper figure skate will have ample support for jumps. Your skater will not be able to learn the necessary skating skills, spins and jumps in regular white skates.

Beginner figure skates are available at several figure skating stores in the area or used at one of our Skate and Dress Sales. Your coach can give you more information about where to shop and what to look for when purchasing your skates.

When can a skater move up to STARSkate?

Skaters can move up to STARskate (Pre-Star) from CanSkate in January (after the Fall session) or after the Winter session (early April). Before joining a Pre-Star STARSkate session, please arrange to find a coach (for more information, see our STARSkate Coaches Information here and confirm there is space available. Arrangements for a January move have to be made prior to the winter break.

More questions?

We’re happy to help and answer any questions you might have. Please drop us a line at or ask any parent at Rink 3.


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