STARSkate Off-Ice Classes
SMSC offers a number of off-ice classes that supplement and enhance on-ice learning. Each class has been specifically designed for the specialized needs of figure skaters.
When designing our schedule, we coordinate our off-ice classed with our on-ice sessions, to allow our skaters to benefit from the learning opportunities offered by our experienced off-ice instructors.
Download our 2022-2023 StarSkate Off-Ice Schedule
Fall/Winter 2022-2023 Off-Ice Schedule
|Core Balance with Rachel
Mondays - September 12, 2022 to May 29, 2023 (29 sessions)
|Dance and Body Movement with Jenny
Tuesdays - September 13, 2022 to May 30, 2023 (31 sessions)
|September 13 to October 4 (schedule different for beginning of season)
|October 11 to May 30
|Jump with Derek
Wednesdays - September 14, 2022 to May 31, 2023 (32 sessions)
|Strength and Conditioning with Stephanie
Thursdays - September 15, 2022 to June 1, 2023 (32 sessions)
|September 15 to October 6 (schedule different for beginning of season)
|October 13 to June 1
|General with Stephanie
Fridays - October 14, 2022 to June 2, 2023 (27 sessions)
Schedules and prices subject to change due to scheduling updates, errors & omissions.
Core Balance with Rachel
Rachel Cates is a fitness professional working in the industry for the past 25 years. She has been running programs for competitive athletes specializing in off-ice for over 15 years. Rachel has a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and has managed several fitness centers and taught many early childhood fitness programs. She is a Canfitpro certified personal trainer and a former instructor of the canfitpro personal training course at Georgian College. This course includes training in anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, and nutrition.
Being a former competitive gymnast has helped Rachel to design programs that will improve athletic performance by developing core strength, flexibility, endurance and balance.
This class combines deep core strengthening with stretching, coordination, control, and balance to help the athlete improve in all aspects of their skating.
The key to injury prevention is proper strengthening and stretching of the muscles associated with on-ice training. Core Balance includes proper strengthening of the core and balance techniques specific to figure skaters as well as a 10 minute full body stretch at the end of each session. This combination of strength training, stretching, and balance will lead to improved posture both on and off ice.
Skaters will need to have an exercise mat with them for this class.
Dance and Body Movement with Jenny
Jenny is a performer, teacher and choreographer from the UK where she trained at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester. After graduating, she took her first professional contracts dancing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines before making the move to Canada in 2010.
Select credits include: Iris Kelly in Fame, Amy March in Little Women (First Act Pro.) and Ensemble/Dance Captain in The Wedding Singer (Curtain Call Players). Choreography credits include: Beauty and The Beast and Dick Wittington (The Nags), Anne of Green Gables (ACTCO Winner – Best Choreography) and Footloose (Oshawa Little Theatre). And most recently Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Theatre Unlimited which will hopefully make it to the stage in 2021.
Jenny is the proud owner of First Position Dance Academy which has recently moved locations to Mississauga. @fpdance.portcredit | www.fpdance.ca
Using the quality of movement from Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary, students will explore how to use their bodies for better musicality, body strength, flexibility and dance expression.
Wear form fitting clothes suitable for movement e.g. tights, leggings, leotards, tank tops. Dance shoes such as ballet or jazz shoes are preferred OR bare feet on hard floors/socks for carpet.
Have a chair/table close by to use as a ballet barre (needed for balance), a yoga block (Or cushion if you don’t have one). Notebook and pen (Senior Students only).
Strength and Conditioning with Stephanie
Stephanie Hansuld has her Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and Bachelor of Education Degrees from the University of Toronto. She has been teaching Physical Education for the Peel District School Board for more than 25 years. She has her Fitness Instructor Specialist through CanFitPro and is certified in Zumba, Zumba Step and Strong by Zumba. Stephanie has completed both the Respect in Sport and Risk Management courses. She has her level one artistic gymnastics coaching certification, NCCP certification, as well as both first aid and CPR qualifications. Stephanie has been involved with coaching and teaching young athletes for more than 20 years. She was a member of the 1988 Canadian Olympic Field Hockey squad and in 2012 was inducted into the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame.
Core strength and plyometric strength requirements for figure skating are significant, and at some point, a skater needs to build strength beyond what he or she naturally has. By participating in this off-ice training program, skaters will progress their on-ice skills at a faster pace and be able to handle the strength demands of jumping, spinning and longer programs. Strength also creates power and can improve endurance, and is the number one necessity for a skater to improve and become consistent.
The equipment used will consist of: Hand weights (5-8 lbs. recommended senior level, 3-5 lbs. intermediate/junior level), exercise bands or tubing, a stability ball and a yoga matt.