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STARSkate 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 teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Assessments through a nationally standardized assessment system. Skaters who have mastered figure skating skills in STARSkate may also choose to pursue synchronized skating or pairs skating.

CompetitiveSkate  offers opportunities for skaters who show potential as competitive skaters. CompetitiveSkate is a program for skaters in singles, pair and ice dance wishing to compete in qualifying events within Skate Canada.



Future Stars FAQ

Is skating experience required to register for the Future Stars program?

Yes, skaters must have passed Stage 3 of the CanSkate program to participate in the Future Stars program.

Future Stars is the introductory program for skaters who want to fast track into figure skating.

What do the Future Star program registration fees cover?

The Future Stars program is a 60 minute session - 50 minutes of coach-led group lessons and 10 minutes of coach-supervised individual practice time.

The registration fees cover the coaching fees for the group lessons, the supervised time and ice time.

What equipment is required for the Future Stars program?

Skaters in the Future Stars program are required to wear figure skates. Hockey skates are not suitable for this program. Athletic clothing, skating skirts, leggings and/or simple skating dresses can be worn by skaters during practice ice. Hooded sweatshirts are not recommended as they can affect the skater’s balance and obstruct their view. CSA approved hockey helmets are required for skaters that are working on CanSkate Stage 5 and below.

Is a private coach required for the Future Stars program?

No, you do not need a private coach in Future Stars. However, adding private lessons can benefit your skater and increase their progress. 

Why private lessons?

Private lessons provide the skaters with more one on one attention allowing for lessons to be focused on the specific skills they need to improve and helps increase the rate of progress.

Private, Semi-Private or Small Group Private lessons are being offered during all our Future Stars sessions. Private lessons are usually sold in 10-15-minute time slots.

How do I get a private coach for my skater?

Choosing a coach can seem like a daunting task at first but it can be made easier with the following tips:

1. Does your skater already enjoy working with one of the Future Stars group coaches in particular?
2. Watch a few sessions and see how the coaches interact with their skaters to see what style might best fit your skater
3. We also offer free trial lessons where skaters can try out private lessons with one or more of the available coaches to see what the best fit for you and your skater.

How do I set up a free trial private lesson for my skater?

To set up trial lessons please contact the Rideau SC Coaching Team at to make the arrangements.

How much do private lessons cost and how do I pay?

Coaching rates vary depending the coaches experience and certification. Charges for a 10-minute lesson will range from $6.00-$9.00 depending on the coach you choose to work with. The rates are based on the experience and certification level of the coach. Private lesson fees are invoiced directly to you by the coach you are working with usually bi-weekly or monthly depending on the coach’s preference.

Please note coach availability also varies so you will want to check with the coach you choose to confirm they have lesson time available at your preferred session.

How many times a week should my skater be skating?

Future Stars skaters should be skating 1-2 times per week. Although the CanSkate program is not a requirement in the Future Stars program, adding a weekly CanSkate program for skaters at the Stage 4 and 5 level is recommended.

The above recommendations will aid each skater to develop at their fastest rate possible. Skating additional days per week or extending your skating season allows skaters to absorb their lesson content and apply it sooner resulting in better retention and increased rate of improvement. 

How does the Future Stars program differ from the CanSkate program?

The Future Stars program is an introduction to figure skating. Skaters are still working on some of their CanSkate levels. The Future Stars session has a group lesson component and an individual practice/private lesson component. Some Future Stars sessions also have an additional group component where skaters are introduced to and work on synchronized skating skill development.