FIGURE SKATING PROGRAMS
We are K-W's exclusive Skate Canada sanctioned skating club, and one of Canada's leading figure skating training centres. We offer singles, pairs, dance, and synchronized skating programs for beginners through to elite athletes.
Our training complex includes four Olympic size rinks, an athletic centre, a multi-purpose mirrored and hardwood floor studio space, jump training harnesses, a computerized video motion analysis system, food concessions, and a skate shop.
Skaters at KWSC can enjoy everything they need to work towards their skating goals all under one roof. Our staff team includes full- and part-time professional skating coaches and choreographers with years of experience coaching beginners through to Olympic medalists. Our off-ice training team includes personal trainers, as well as experts in off-ice technical jump training, cardio and strength conditioning, flexibility, dance, artistic and music interpretation, and more.
Skaters recommended into this program demonstrate an identified aptitude for figure skating. Skaters must have completed Stage 5 CanSkate. The program serves to introduce skaters to all aspects of the STARSkate program including ice dancing, free skating, and skating skills. Intro to Figure Skating is team taught in small groups by base coaches. At the end of the program a recommendation for future programming and potential base coach will be made by our Technical Director, Jean-Michel Bombardier. Required to skate the mandatory 2 days.
Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition - this is what STARSkate is 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. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system.
Skaters aspiring to enter our competitive program will typically begin training in our STAR program before moving into the competitive program.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club is one of Canada's leading competitive figure skating training centres. We have a world-class training facility with excellent professional coaches, a dedicated figure skating ice pad without boards, an athletics centre, personal trainers, as well as dance and pilates studios.
We are proud of our current and former competitive skaters including Olympic Silver medalists Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch, Olympic Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virue and Scott Moir, Four Continents Ice Dance Champions Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, and many others.
Our singles program is designed for skaters that wish to excel in the world of competitive figure skating. This program is coached by our Base Coaches. We offer specifically tailored on-ice and off-ice programs to help skaters achieve their goals. Minimum criteria are set by our Technical Director. At present, participation in this program requires successfully landing your double loop. (criteria subject to change annually).
Program Requirement: Please consult with your base coach for appropriate training program and schedule. This program accommodates skaters training in the discipline of dance pairs from the primary to international level.
Program Requirement: Please consult with your base coach for appropriate training program and schedule. This program accommodates skaters training in the discipline of freeskate pairs from the primary to international level.
Our competitive skaters are committed to excellence and must abide by our competitive skaters code of conduct and agreement. In addition to their on-ice training, competitive skaters attend mandatory fitness classes, and are expected to maintain a high fitness level. Fitness testing for competitive skaters and full-time dance and pair skaters is mandatory and included in the skater's program fee.
The Technical Director may, at his discretion, move a skater to a higher or lower session to provide the best training environment for all.
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