STARSkate: Figure Skating in Downtown Toronto


Figure skating in downtown Toronto

STARSkate¬†is Canada’s figure skating development program. Developed by Skate Canada and taught by professional coaches certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), STARSkate offers opportunities for figure skaters of all ages to develop and test skills in the areas of ice dance, free skate, and interpretive skating.

CTSC operates STARSkate programs year-round!


For STARSkate, CTSC accepts child, teen, and adult skaters who have completed the CanSkate program, or who can demonstrate equivalent skills. If you can do simple jumps and spins on figure skates, you’re probably ready for STARSkate. If not, check out our CanSkate program, which will teach you all the fundamentals you need to start figure skating.

Adults welcome!

CTSC has one of the largest adult memberships in Canada, with skaters at all levels. Even if you haven’t skated in years, you are welcome to join our programs.

Skill levels

When choosing your skating sessions, please try to pick sessions at your level or at most one below. If you want to join a session that is above your level, you’ll need to get permission from our skating director. Here’s our guidelines for STARSkate sessions:

A For figure skaters who have completed CanSkate.
B For skaters working on preliminary skills and dances, or single jumps.
C For skaters working on intermediate skills and dances, or single and double jumps.
D For skaters working on advanced skills and dances, or double and triple jumps.

Group lessons

Due to COVID-19, we are not offering group lessons this year.

Private coaching is recommended

Private coaching provides the skater with detailed instruction tailored to their specific goals and challenges, which helps ensure steady progress. Coaches also evaluate many of the tests under the STAR system.

Each coach sets their own rates, but in general, a 15-minute lesson is between $10 and $18.

To arrange coaching, either talk to our skating director, Brad Hopkins, on your first day of class, or approach any of our coaches on your own. Note: we will not arrange coaching until after you have registered.

Fall/Winter 2020/2021

Schedule and pricing

Season on hold

Unfortunately, due to ongoing restrictions around COVID-19, we are unable to offer STARSkate this winter. We continue to look for ways we can safely and effectively operate during the pandemic and hope to resume soon.

Oct 19 to Nov 9
Oct 7 to Nov 4
Oct 9 to Nov 6
A/B: 5:40pm – 6:30pm C/D: 6:10pm – 7:00pm A/B: 6:10pm – 7:00pm
C/D: 6:40pm – 7:30pm A/B: 7:10pm – 8:00pm C/D: 7:10pm – 8:00pm
C/D: 7:40pm – 8:30pm C/D: 8:10pm – 9:00pm C/D: 8:10pm – 9:00pm
SOLD OUT! We are seeking additional ice time from the arena for more classes.

Note: To help our coaches coordinate lessons under these different circumstances, with limited capacity on our sessions, we will offer early registration to those skaters who have made coaching arrangements with one of our returning coaches.

COVID-19 Policies

As you know, the COVID-19 situation is constantly changing, and we may need to modify our policies or shut down with little or no notice. However, as a starting point, we have put the following policies in place to help keep everyone safe.

  • Enrolment will be limited to 12 skaters (plus up to 4 coaches) per session. This number may need to be reduced if there are changes to provincial or city public health guidelines. Please join the waitlist if the session you are interested in is full. CTSC will consider purchasing additional ice if it is available should there be enough demand.
  • There will be no group lessons offered.
  • Only skaters and coaches will be allowed in the arena. Spectators are not permitted.
  • All skaters will be required to complete a COVID-19 self-assessment before entry each day.
  • There will be physical distancing and traffic flow rules in place in the arena, and there will be active cleaning by the arena staff between sessions.
  • All skaters are required to wear masks in the arena, until you step on the ice.
  • Entry to the arena will be limited to 15 minutes before your scheduled session (see session start times above).
  • If a skater on a session tests positive for COVID-19, all skaters on that session who may have been exposed will be required to remain off the ice for 14 days, or until they have received a negative test result for COVID-19. Please note this may change depending on provincial public health guidelines and requirements.
  • If anyone must remain off the ice due to potential COVID-19 exposure, we will offer a credit for missed days against a future session.
  • If we have to shut down because of government restrictions, we will offer the affected skaters a credit for the remaining days against future registration, and first access when we re-open.

Spring 2021 Schedule

Our spring schedule is not yet finalized, but should be similar to our past schedules. Registration opens in April 2021.

Summer 2021 Schedule

Our summer schedule is not yet finalized, but should be similar to our past schedules. Registration opens in June 2021.