The Huntsville Skating Club (HSC) offers skating lessons for all ages from 2.5 years old to adult skaters. Kerri, Ashleigh and Ainslie Vallentin are great examples of that.
March 5th marked an exciting moment for these three skaters as well as for the Huntsville Skating Club. After lots of hard work and practice, this mother and daughters all successfully passed the same Senior Bronze Skills skating test at the Test Day hosted by HSC.
Congratulations to these skaters and all the other successful skaters, including Lindsay Breakenridge who passed her Gold Skills test.
The majority of skaters skate for years without reaching a Gold level. HSC is fortunate to have a handful of twice Gold skaters, a pinnacle in the skating world. Star 1-5 tests are judged by Club coaches, while the upper level tests are judged by Skate Canada-certified judges who come to Huntsville twice a year to evaluate the skaters.
After the learn-to-skate CanSkate program, skaters enter STARSkate, which is where they develop as figure skaters. Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about! 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 Tests through a nationally standardized testing system.
Skaters test in skills, dance, freeskate, and interpretive working through multiple levels — Preliminary or Star 1, 2 & 3, Junior Bronze or Star 4 & 5, Junior Bronze, Senior Bronze, Junior Silver, Senior Silver, towards the top achievement of Gold Tests. Skaters will often work for a full season towards a skill or freeskate test.
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